For most tourists, Fortaleza's greatest attractions are its beaches. Its north-facing beach, nearer the areas you're likely to be staying in, is lined by a broad and hugely popular pedestrian promenade running 4km from the Ponte dos Ingleses pier to Praia do Mucuripe. The nicest part is the central Praia do Meireles which, with all its high-rise hotels, resembles a northeastern Copacabana but also has numerous beach bars beneath leafy trees, popular places to hang out by day or evening. The water here is less clean than at Praia do Futuro, although that doesn’t deter surfers.