Travel guide and tips on Morro Branco and Praia das Fontes beach resorts in North Brazil - is it worth a visit? Or a stop off?
Visited: May 23 2008
It was a six hour drive from Jericoacoara to Morro Branco, which is about 100 km East of Fortaleza. Morro Branco if full of Brazilian’s holiday homes and the village itself felt claustraphobic and too hectic. Plastic chaired restaurants line the beach in front of the village. Locals converged upon our hire car trying to sell us beach buggy tours. A short walk out of Morro Branco the beaches were beautiful and far more peaceful, but the town is aimed at Brazilian holiday homers, not tourists - there were only a few pousadas, and none looked at all appealing. Morro Branco receives thumbs down from us….
We instead travelled further East along the coast for about 5km to Praia das Fontes. This is a far better place to stay for tourists. There’s some large resorts here, including the huge Hotel Colliseum (overpriced at R200 a night, I wouldn’t recommend this hotel to anyone) and the equally expensive Praia das Fontes resort, which seemed a little better. Pick of the bunch of the hotels in Praia das Fontes is Hotel Bougainvilla (though I cannot find any info on this hotel, or a website about it, online!), a smaller hotel with a classy feel, lovely sea views and a few English speaking staff, which is somewhat a rarity in this part of Brazil. A thouroughly reasonable price of R 120 a night (about $80) would have won me over if I hadn’t had to budget for a two month tour of South America. If I return to Praia das Fontes, I’d definately choose Hotel Bougainvilla, and would recommend it to anyone. As it was a little over our budget, we instead chose to stay in Pousada Dunas at a haggled price of R 40 a night. Pousada Dunas had a friendly owner, decent swimming pool, but the place as a whole, and the rooms, where rather lacking in attention. But at that price there was no way anyone could complain.
Praia das Fontes, Brazil
We only stayed one night in Praia das Fontes. The long beaches backed by beautiful craggy cliffs were pleasant enough, but both Praia das Fontes and Morro Branco were lacking something, and there didn’t seem to be anything very special about the area. The coastline is beautiful, but then it is in all of this part of Brazil. The villages themselves felt a little charmless. After one night we travelled further East along Brazil’s coast to Ponta do Mel, and were glad we did so.