The urban beaches of Fortaleza are beautiful, however the loveliest stretches of tropical sand are found to the southeast of the city, along the Costa do Sol Nascente. Walk through an alien landscape of towering red cliffs, take a ride in a beach buggy (extra excitement is optional) and feast on lobster in a laid-back hippie town. The ‘Coast of the Rising Sun’ is perfect for a sunny and sandy two-day road trip.
The Rota do Sol Nascente, also known as the CE-040, snakes southeast from Fortaleza along the coast of the state of Ceará, winding its way through a string of fishing villages with delightful beaches. We picked three that can be reached in three different ways. The least expensive option is to travel by bus, but that does require some planning. A rental car gives you more flexibility, allowing you to visit several villages in a day. But the most fun option is to book an all-inclusive excursion, including transportation, food, and a ride in a dune buggy, a boat tour or a horseback ride along the beach, exploring the beach, the sea or the dunes.