How do I get there?
You have 2 options to get from Fortaleza to Preá
Pick up: driver waits for you at airport
Cost: R$ 550 for 1 to 4 persons
Availability: Guaranteed pick-up
Contact us to organise the transfer
Bus schedule: Varies, check here
Cost: Varies R$ 80 to R$ 100 per person
Availability: Varies, bus can be full
Purchase ticket at the airport
The closest international airport to Preá is located in Fortaleza (FOR), the capital city of the state of Ceara. Once you get there, you have several options to get to Preá Beach, which is about 280 km West of Fortaleza. We recommend the 4×4 private transfers which are very convenient and the fastest way -besides the helicopter- to get here (a little under 4 hours). A hired driver waits for you at the airport, helps you load your luggage and drives you straight to Vila Preá, door-to-door, this service is for up to 4 persons with kitesurf equipment, cost is R$ 550 each way.
A cheaper alternative is the bus. There are several buses during the day (the schedules change constantly). You can check on the Fretcar bus companie’s website. The VIP and EXEC buses stop by the airport -the CONVentional doesn’t. The trip takes about 7 hours with one bus change along the way. The cost per person varies between R$ 70 and R$ 90 (each way) and you need to transfer your luggage from the regular bus to the 4×4 bus yourself.
If you choose the bus, please let us know which one you will be taking so that we can send a buggy to pick you up, the buggy pickup service costs R$ 20, payable directly to the driver upon arrival.
The fastest and coolest option is the helicopter (about 1 hour and 15 minutes), it is also the most expensive (aprox. R$ 10,000 for up to 5 people). You will fly along the entire coast between Fortaleza and Preá at low altitude, definitely a nice way of reaching paradise.
TAP Air Portugal flight TP0165 leaves Lisbon daily around 4:30 pm and lands in Fortaleza around 8:00 pm, most European cities connect to Lisbon in the morning or early afternoon, check with your travel agent.
Iberia has just opened up a direct flight from Madrid to Fortaleza, 3 times per week (Tuesday, Friday & Sunday), may change, so check on their website.
The other two companies that fly weekly from Europe directly to Fortaleza are Air Italy (http://www.airitaly.it) (usually on Tuesdays or Fridays direct from Milan& Rome) and Air Livingston (http://www.lauda.it) every Wednesday.Coming from North America:
There are unfortunately no more direct flights, you will usually have to fly via Rio, Sao Paulo or Manaus.
TAM Brazilian Airlines (http://www.tam.com.br) offers flights from major US cities.
Delta did have a direct flight from Atlanta (ATL) in 2008 but it stopped flying in 2009.
The 4×4 transfers are organised by privately owned four-wheel-drive pickup trucks (usually the latest Toyota Hi-Lux model).
Vila Preá can make the booking on your behalf so that the driver will be waiting for you upon arrival at Fortaleza airport.
He can show you where the ATM / Cash machines are and where you can exchange your currency for Brazilian Reais inside the airport.
The 4×4 fits 1 to 4 persons with all your kite equipment and the cost for this door-to-door service is R$ 550 each way, payable directly to the driver upon arrival to destination.
Please inform us of both your arrival and departure flights in the 4×4 transfer form at time of booking so that we can confirm your trips with the driver.
Fretcar is the only decent bus line that travels from Fortaleza Airport to Preá Beach.
The time schedules vary greatly so we recommend you check directly on their website. First click on “Comprar Passagens”, then select “Fortaleza” to “Jericoacoara”.
After leaving the airport, it drives through Fortaleza to the Beira Mar area (touristy beach avenue 30 minutes North of the Airport) and then it heads out West towards Preá & Jericoacoara via the new CE-085 paved road. After about 5 to 6 hours, the bus will stop in Jijoca to switch passangers and luggage to a 4×4 open bus (you are in charge of transferring your luggage to the 4×4 bus).
Make sure you tell the driver of the 4×4 bus in Jijoca that you want to stop at the “Agencia do Preá”. Also make sure to let us know in advance which bus you will be coming on so that we can organise a buggy to pick you up from the bus stop since it is about 1 km away from the hotel, by the beach.
Fretcar charges about R$ 80 per person for each trip (per person), and the buggy driver will charge R$ 20 (for up to 4 people with luggage) to wait for you at the bus stop and drop you off at the hotel. The only difficulty with this method is that the seat availability may be limited in high season and online pre-booking is not yet available.
Flying to Preá is the fastest and most exciting way to get there. The helicopter ride takes about 80 minutes from the Old Airport (about 5 minutes from the International Airport) to Vila Preá.
You will fly at low altitude along the 290 km of coast line that separate Fortaleza from Preá Beach. Imagine miles and miles of white sandy beaches, pristine sand dunes and beautiful blue waters unfolding before your eyes.
The cost for this quick trip is R$ 10,000 for 5 passengers and a maximum weight of bagage of 20 kg a person. We’ll have the red carpet await for you upon landing in front of the hotel. If you are travelling with bulky luggage, add R$ 550 for a 4×4 pickup truck to transport it via land to the hotel.
A more affordable option, but not as flexible, is a twin-engine airplane. You will also leave from the Old Airport but will land about 15 km from Prea, on the new Jericoacoara Airport. Getting to Preá may take about 20 minutes. Cost is R$ 5,000,- for a maximum of 4 passengers and also a maximum weight of bagage of 20 kg a person. Add R$ 550 for the extra luggage transfer via land, but please call for an update quote as rates may vary.
Not that we recommend renting a car or truck to come visit us (because the cost of 4×4 rentals is relatively high and you won’t be able to use smaller 2-wheel drive cars in the sand), but if you happen to need driving directions from Fortaleza, please check out the maps and instructions below.
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 on to the CE-085, if you see signs that look like the one in the upper right hand corner of the picture above, you’re 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 Ceará. Keep going until Itarema.
You will go around Itarema (you would drive through town before the CE-085), look out for signs saying Acaraú 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 Acaraú. When you get the end of the main street, make a LEFT turn. 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 Acaraú 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 25 km. 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 Caiçara, 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.
You will be coming from the Jijoca direction, follow the main road (black line on the map above) until you get to the Pizzaria Cleuma, one block before getting to the beach and then follow the instruction on the map below:
If you have issues in getting here, call us at (88)-3660-3158 or (88)-9999-7-4444. If you are calling from an international phone, you might have to dial Brazil’s country code (+55), and the local operator (031) ie 031-88-3660-3158 or 0031-55-88-3660-3042.