Located at 190 Km from Fortaleza, more precise at the West Coast of Ceara State, this little village it’s not yet known by common tourists, but just discovered by kite and windsurfers whom have found this spot, where on-shore wind blows around 20 – 30 knots per day, during almost the whole year.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO FIND
As there is not much of a night life, what you can expect to do is sailing, go fishing with the natives and rest under the coconut palms. It’s the ultimate vacation!
A reason for why this village is still very primitive and its tourism not much developed, is the restrict access. You can reach the spot by vehicles 4x4, especially the last 50 Km, since there is no asphalt, only dirt road.
Due to the access difficulty, maybe you won’t find your favorite products, as your preferred shampoo, control medicines or even a diet coke. But all this is irrelevant when you get into the village’s mood, buying fresh fish on the morning or drinking fresh coconut water while you enjoy paradise.
Most of the streets are made of asphalt, and the others, still of dirt road, which shows that the development has still not arrived at the village.
With simple markets, one pharmacy and a few commercial establishments, Icaraizinho still does not have structure to receive tourists whom look for comfort or night life. But if your goal is relax and do nothing but rest and sail, this is the spot!
HERE IS SOME HELPFUL AND INTERESTING GENERAL INFORMATION WHICH CAN GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE COMING TO ICARAIZINHO:
Currency is the Real R$. Icaraizinho is a simple fisherman village and some amenities can be limited. Take a look at the info below so you can get prepared:
Cash withdrawal. There are NO CASH/ATM MACHINES in Icaraizinho. You will therefore rely on local currency, credit cards, foreign currency (Euros and US dollars). Try to get Brazilian currency (Reais R$) while at the airport or in Fortaleza where there are Cash Machines/ATMs.
Currency exchange. LIMITED CURRENCY EXCHANGE SERVICES. It is possible to exchange money (Euros and US dollars) but the exchange rate it is not as good as you will find in Fortaleza. Icaraizinho does not have an official place to exchange money.
Travellers Cheques. It is NOT POSSIBLE TO EXCHANGE TRAVELLERS CHEQUES. It is only possible to exchange cash (Euros and US dollars).
The distance from the airport to Icaraizinho takes approximately 4 hours.
It is not necessary and not advised since the road is difficult to navigate and you need a knowledgeable driver to make it through the 50 kilometers of dirt road.
There is NO HOSPITAL Icaraizinho, only a small clinic which offers limited service and the closest hospital is in Itapipoca ( 1 hour and half by car ). In case of serious emergency, helicopters can be deployed to transport the injured person to Fortaleza (**costs must be covered by your travel or health insurance). It is important to BRING PRESCRIPTIONS OR MEDICINE since the small pharmacy in Icaraizinho has a very limited stock of medications.