The Praia do Iguape along with Porto das Dunas, Presidio, Barro Preto and Batoque, all lie within the Municipality of Aquiraz, stretching for 36 kms along the coast of Ceara.
Much of the area has not yet been developed. There are beautiful views overlooking the Catu River from the main highway.
You can hire a dune buggy to take
in all that
The majority of visitors stay in summer homes, yet Praia do Presidio has one of the best hotels in the area. The Jangadeiro Hotel is oceanfront on the most beautiful stretch of the beach. It's popular with families and couples escaping Fortaleza on holidays and weekends.
The beach of Barro Preto is full of shiny black sand crystals, thus giving rise to its name which in Portuguese means "black clay". Located 45 kms from Fortaleza and 2 kms from Iguape.
Barro Preto's main attraction is its natural beauty. The water is crystal clear. The beach is decorated with coconut palms and mangroves.
Fishing is still the main source
of income and there are a few pousadas, restaurants and a
campground for those who
to rough it..
Among the "barracas" bar-restaurants, Dom Geovani's Erotic Energy Bar is probably the most well known. Geovani is also referred to as the "Beach Sheriff". They serve exotic foods and you can bathe with coconut shells!
The tiny fishing village of Batoque is located 51 kms from Fortaleza, and 8 kms from Iguape. This coastal community survives by fishing and fighting for the preservation of the site.
Besides its natural beauty Batoque is a quiet and peaceful place and does not get many visitors.
Yet there a few good pousadas in the village and "barracas" along the beach that serve delicious regional dishes.
Photos: Joselito Araujo and Helio Eudoro (Municipality of Aquiraz)
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