Local Maps & Access
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When leaving Fortaleza, ask for directions to Caucaia, or ask how to get to the Estruturante Litoranea (it’s the local name of the CE-085 that goes to Preá).
Once in Caucaia, get onto the CE-085, if you see signs that look like to one in the upper right hand corner of the picture above, your on the right road, you will stay on it for the next 250 km. You will be heading TOWARDS Paraipaba (make sure not to go into Paraibapa as the CE-085 does not go through that town. Just keep on the main road at all times. Follow the signs that say “Jericoacoara”.
After passing the Paraipaba area (you will notice restaurants, fruit stores and flower pot shops on both sides of the street) keep going on the CE-085, the next 120 km are full of long straight lines cutting through the native vegetation of the state of Ceara. Keep going until Itarema.
You will go around Itarema (you would drive through town before the CE-085), look out for signs staying Acarau or Jijoca de Jericoacoara, you’re still on the CE-085.
Next village (about 15 km) is Juritianha, it’s has houses on both sides of the street. Another 15 km further, you will enter the town of Acarau. When you get the end of the main street, make a right up. When you get to the traffic light, go straight for about 2 km. When you get to the round-about with a big fish in the middle of it, make a right.
There are many bends and turns so drive slowly as the road is elevated about 7 to 10 meters on each side (because of floods during the rainy season). After about 8 km, you will drive over a bridge and the Acarau river and at the following round-about go straight (Cruz is on your left). There will be another round-about 1 km further, keep going straight for the next XX km (check next time). When you get to Monteiros (or just afterwards, as there are two entrances) you will see a tourist guide hut on the right hand side of the road, and probably some guides. They will try convincing you that you need them, you don’t. Just follow the signs for Preá and Jericoacoara and you will be fine. Keep in mind that you have now gotten off the main road, and you are now on a dirt road (no more asphalt). You do not need a 4×4 to drive to Preá so no worries.
After 7 km you will be going through a small village called Caicara, when you get to the square (with a large tree in the middle of the road), make a right and drive out of town. Preá is only 5 km away. Just follow the road until you get to the village. Once you get to the beach, give us a call, or stop a the Azul Do Mar restaurant and ask them to call Vila Preá (88)-3660-3158, we will come to meet you and assess the best way to handle the last kilometer of your trip, most probably along the beach, just make sure you don’t venture on your own as the tides can be a little bit tricky!