Located in Brazil’s north-east, Jericoacoara, or Jeri as it’s otherwise known, sits almost exactly on the equator, on the most northern tip of the state of Ceará.
Once a modest fishing village, this now cosmopolitan oasis is one of Brazil’s best kept secrets. The streets are paved with sand, street lights are banned, it is unreachable by car, and life is comfortable and sophisticated, with vibrant bars, restaurants and boutique hotels.
Best pousada is Pousada Papaya - www.jeripapaya.com. Not too expensive, close to everything, gorgeous gardens and pool, amazing breakfasts each morning with a view of the sunset dune.
Best restaurants: Sabor da Terra serves simple, traditional Brazilian fare – think rice, beans and grilled meats. Most meals are big enough for two and will only set you back about R$15 (£5).
Araxá - www.araxapousada.com - and Pizza Banana serve the best woodfired pizza in town (from £7 per person).
The modern, varied menu at Pimenta Verde keeps this little corner-restaurant humming (from £9 per person).
Tamarindo, like many bars and restaurants in Jeri, blurs the line between inside and outside, with an outdoor kitchen, sandy floors and tables under the stars – all nestled beneath a giant tamarind tree (from £7 per person).
Fretcar buses operate daily from Praiano Palace Hotel in Fortaleza for R$55 per person each way (£17). Bus tickets can also be purchased at Fortaleza airport. More information: www.ilikewords.org/2012/09/jericoacoara-brasil.html
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