Dense jungles, colourful cities and of course, the beaches… It is the beaches, or more precisely, the deep blue ocean and its wild waves that lie off them, that pull a lot of surfers to Brazil.
Brazil has a huge range of different waves, great consistency of swell and offers surf opportunities to suit all skill ranges. Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing… Brazil is the perfect playground for these sensational water sports and is today one of the best places in the world to catch some good waves.
Sounds good so far eh! Well, we selected some of the best surfing spots of the country for you. If you feel like getting adventurous, have a look at this surf guide and plan your next holidays in one of our unique hotels nearby the wild Brazilian coasts.
First spot: Preá, on your way to Jericoacoara.
Seven months of perfect winds in the year and a heavenly beach waiting to be discovered… surrounded by mangroves, lagoons and dunes… the ultimate playground for surfers. Praia do Preá is considered one of the best spots for kite and wind surfers worldwide!
Wind and Kitesurfing:
Praia do Preá is an ecological paradise, with a rich ecosystem and where the winds are perfect for all levels of kitesurfing, from beginners to advanced surfers.
In Preá, the wind blows all year round, but the perfect season runs between July and January, with speeds that range from 20 to 40 knots. These are steady on shore trade winds, with a sea that has a water temperature between 22 to 25 degrees. And there’s something else that makes this kiting destination so special; a downwind with waves that start in Cumbuco, almost 300 miles away, and end at Preá.
A place to stay: Pousada Rancho do Peixe
Second spot: Jericoacoara
Jericoacoara is located on the north-east coast of Brazil and is the undisputed king of the country´s surfing destinations.
It tends to be the default choice of all kind of surfers heading to the country, and offers good, varied sailing opportunities. As a beloved spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing, this small fishing village is the kind of idyllic place, where streets are paved with sand, where beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and where warm water marries with palm swaying breezes. It has become a stop on the global surfing circuit, attracting a good number of pros with its ultra-reliable wind and waves.
Jericoacoara is one of the best spots in the world for windsurfing and is THE best spot in Brazil. June to January sees the strongest winds, reaching up to 45 knots by the time they hit on their journey from Africa. The main spot is ‘The Point’, which tends to stay flat and attracts beginners, advanced wind sufers and freestylers. The more exposed Malhada spot is good for more advanced wave junkies. Either ways, Jericoacoara is the place for windsurfing lovers!
Jeri is also recognized as the newest hot spot for kitesurfing. There, you´ll find many spots to practice, which offer space and flatter water.
Surfing is popular in Jeri, because of its smaller and gentler waves. These are ideal for beginners and long boarders. For the ones who wish to catch bigger waves, they should without any doubt head to Malhada beach.
A place to stay: Pousada Vila Kalango
Third spot: Rio de Janeiro
If you are booking a surfing holiday in Brazil, where could it be more glamorous than in its eclectic capital, Rio?
If you´re looking for some nice surfing experiences, Zona Sul, the southern part of Rio is the place you will want to head to. There are some great waves there that are worth the detour.
For the one´s wanting to enjoy epic surfing sensations, here are the places you should visit: First, Prainha. It is the spot of Rio which is powerful lefts and rights and which has an amazing backdrop. Plus, there is a fun wave in the middle section when the tide is right. You wouldn´t want to miss this one! Then, Arpoador, which has one of the biggest and most aggressive crowds. This surfing spot will guarantee you some unique sensations! And finally: Leblon that is known to have the best vibe in Rio. Even if the spot is pretty small you can catch some decent waves here.
For surfers looking for uncrowded spots, Barra beach is definitely made for you. With its 12miles length, this beach has many breaks and makes it easy for you to escape the crowds find some deserted and quiet beach break.
And for the most adventurous ones, there is the beach of Grumari. The scenes from Cidade de Deus where filmed there. This spot is worth checking out!
Rio de Janeiro is a perfect destination for those who love windsurfing. While the conditions don’t match those of Jerioacoara and Prea, they are good enough for beginners and advanced surfers looking to combine windsurfing with a city break. Windsurfing schools and hire shops are to be found on most of the city’s beaches. We would particularly recommend the spot of Praia do Pepe: with winds between 10-25 knots you´ll enjoy some big swells and waves there.
Kite surfing in Rio is one of the newest additions to the wide range of adventure sports available in the state. Rio de Janeiro is one of the places in the world to practice the sport, access to long beaches, good weather and consistent wind conditions.
One of the most beloved spots is the beach of Barra da Tijuca, located in the southwestern borough of Rio de Janeiro. The water quality is excellent, the sea bottom is sandy and the current is medium (1-2 knots). The beach attends to the needs of any kind of kitesurfer, since it offers waves of low, intermediate and high difficulty, due to the variation of the wind. As for the water and air temperature, it is usually warm enough that wet suits are not necessary.
Last spot: Buzios
Just 105 miles from Rio de Janeiro, you will find the small surfing paradise of Buzios. Buzios sits on a jagged peninsula, with enough beaches to keep all kinds of surfers happy.
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing
In Búzios, kitesurfing and windsurfing are practiced mainly on the east side of the peninsula, at Rasa and Manguinhos beaches, because of the strong winds constantly blowing there. However, if you wish to experience even more intense and extreme sensations, you might go to the other side of the city, to Geriba beach. Beginners should head to Ferradura and Tartaruga Beaches. Both offer calm water and great learning conditions.
The surf crowd has a ball in Búzios. Go east to the Geriba beach and catch the best waves there! This is the meeting point of surfers from all over the world and the home of state and national championships. The west corner, on the other hand is more dedicated to beginners. There, the waves are smaller and makes it the best spot for people of all age to try some surfing courses!
The strong waves of Brava beach also attract surfers. In Tucuns, there are good formations but it’s important to pay attention to the currents.
So, adrenaline lovers, what are you waiting for? There are so many amazing surfing spots to discover in Brazil. No matter what´s your thing… Wind surfing, kite surfing or surfing… Brazil is the place where you will catch some good waves!