The north-coast of Brazil we consider to be the stretch of land which runs roughly from Fortaleza, in Ceará state, to Sao Luis, in Maranhão state. This route is known locally as the Rota das Emoções, the Route of Emotions as the coastal route is so contrasting.

The old town of Sao Luis is a UNESCO heritage site which was originally founded by the French and named after Louis XIII. It’s a perfect starting point to explore the coast, along with the nearby town of Alcântara. If you are looking to get away from the coast there there’s nowhere better than the Serra da Capivara National Park. Many of the numerous rock shelters in the Serra da Capivara are decorated with cave paintings, some more than 25,000 years old. They are an outstanding testimony to one of the oldest human communities of South America and over 300 archaeological sites have been found within the park. As you venture along the coast east from Sao Luis you will come to Barreirinhas, the gateway to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. This is a vast area of sand and dunes which fill with huge pools of fresh water to create an amazing sight. The heavy rains in the region tend to fall between March and May making the best time of the region to be in the months following this when the pools are at their fullest. The Parnaiba Delta borders the eastern side of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park which is a great area for wildlife and in particular a place to see large flocks of the brightly red coloured Guara bird in flight. A big draw of the north coast is the strong winds which encourage huge numbers of kitesurfers and windsurfers to the beaches of Barra Grande, Cumbuco, Ilha do Guajiru and others. Indeed, many professionals head to this area to hone their skills in the perfect conditions which are on offer.

One of the most sought after destinations on the north coast is the small town of Jericoacoara, better known as Jeri. The town is cut off from main roads by sand and the last stage of any journey into Jeri is made by 4wd vehicle. The opening of nearby Cruz airport has made access to the town far more accessible with direct flights to Sao Paulo and Recife. The town is covered in sand and has some excellent luxury hotels, in addition to the backpacker vibe. Each evening hundreds of people climb up the large sand dune which neighbours the town to watch the sunset before enjoying a cocktail from one of the many stalls on the beach. Fortaleza is the 4th largest city in Brazil and primarily used as a gateway to the northern beaches. The city has some interesting aspects for visitors but many will use it as an overnight stop before moving on. Nearby Cumbuco makes an excellent alternative night stop should you wish to escape the city. The north cost Brazil is remote and diverse and ready to be explored.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Hotel Casana, Prea, Brazil

Hotel Casana – Prea

The Hotel Casana is located on the beach, just outside Prea, on the north coast of Brazil. The hotel has 7 exclusive bungalows from the anything-but-standard suites, through to the stunning Pool Master Suite and each one has been designed to offer outstanding sea views plus total guest privacy and a wonderful sense of space. Enjoy rich architectural details surrounded by 10,000 square metres of beautiful, natural gardens. The rooms are fully automated for your comfort, so you can control your own air conditioning, lighting, curtains and more from an easy bedside panel.

Hotel Essenza - Luxury hotel in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Hotel Essenza – Jericoacoara

The Hotel Essenza Jericoacoara has spectacular views to the white sand beaches, the sea, the sunset dune and the Jericoacoara National Park. The 30 suites each have over 50 square metres split between 2 floors. The Essenza Lounge rooms on the lower floor have private verandas with direct access to the large infinity pool. Essenza Cult rooms, have an impressive private pool on the veranda. Guests can enjoy a SPA, gym and sauna whilst at the hotel, plus a personal concierge. For dining, the Essenza Bistro and Osteria are exclusive for guests of the hotel offering an exciting menu.

The Chili Beach Boutique Hotel – Jericoacoara

Chili Beach Boutique Hotel has an intimate atmosphere, stunning location and sophisticated service. Welcoming just a few guests each year, this small and exclusive boutique has just six rooms, four suites and two bungalows. Each option is generous in size, and comes complete with a private butler and maid service on request. Chili Beach Boutique Hotel is situated on a stunning beach and also features a swimming pool complete with poolside bar, a spa and wellness centre plus a Italian restaurant featuring gourmet dishes. Guests will want for nothing.

Vila Kalango - Luxury hotel in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Pousada Vila Kalango – Jericoacoara

The intimate Pousada Vila Kalango has an outstanding position in front of the beach of Jericoacoara. If you are looking for a place to escape the stresses of modern life, the laid back and rustic vibe at Vila Kalango will appeal greatly. The property has 24 rooms in a range of apartments and bungalows, built using local materials and decorated with local art. There are no phones or TV’s, however, each room has a minibar, fan, mosquito net, WiFi and comfortable beds. Brazilian inspired dishes are available in the restaurant, and guests can also enjoy a lounge with hammocks & large pool.

Hotel Hurricane, Jericoacoara, Brazil

Hotel Hurricane – Jericoacoara

Located in the centre of Jericoacoara and just 50 metres from the beautiful Malhada and Jericoacoara beaches, the Hurricane Jeri offers guest a unique experience. The hotel is surrounded by wonderful gardens, within which guests can find a fantastic lagoon-shaped swimming pool, relax in the luxury of a Jacuzzi bath or in the swing of a hammock surrounded by bright botanics.  Recently renovated and remodelled, all rooms combines charm and contemporary design and come with a balcony fitted with a hammock, air conditioning, TV and a minibar.

Hotel Jaguarindia Village, Fortim, Brazil

Hotel Jaguaríndia Village – Fortim

A beautiful, laidback beach resort on the coast of Northeastern Brazil. The accommodation is made up of a collection of bungalows and villas, some with private pools and all with views of the sea or the coconut grove. The design is inspired by the indigenous community and incorporates natural elements with barefoot luxury.  The food here is excellent with a menu designed in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Emmanuel Ruz. Guests can make the most of the extensive spa, the beachside pool and enjoy yoga classes overlooking the ocean. This is a gorgeous resort in a stunning location.

Zorah Beach Hotel, Trairi, Brazil

Zorah Beach Hotel – Guajiru

Zorah Beach Hotel is a luxurious Asian-themed hideaway on the spectacular Guajiru beach. Just 2 hours from Fortaleza, on a deserted beach, the location is ideal for those wanting a luxury hotel escape. This sleepy yet beautiful shoreline is mostly desolate, save for a few kite surfers, and therefore suits guests seeking privacy and peace. There are 22 rooms of differing catergories, from large suites to spacious bungalows plus a fabulous waterfront villa. All boast super king size beds, L’Occitane amenities and flat-screen TVs. Dining can be found at Zorah’s Beach Bar or in the main restaurant.