Jericoacoara and Prea are approximately 260 km north-east to Fortaleza. You can get there with private transportation from Fortaleza, Cumbuco or Ilha do Guajiru. You can get there with a Taxi from Fortaleza or any kite village. You can take a bus from Fortaleza. You can drive a regular car up to Prea village and there get pump out some air and take a local driver for your car.
The drive takes around 3.5 hours from Fortaleza or Cumbuco, and 1.5 hours to Ilha do Guajiru. The bus ride takes around 6 hours, and passengers switch to an off road bus at Jijoca. The most exiting way to get to Prea and Jericoacoara is by kitesurfing downwind trip from Cumbuco or any other kite spot on the way. Downwind kitesurfing trip from Cumbuco, can take 3-10 days, or
Since bus connection is inconvenient between kite spots to Jericoacoara / Prea, and taxis, are expensive, pousadas and private operators organize transportation to Jericoacoara / Prea. Prices are around R$ 90.
You can arrange a taxi in advance, by calling a driver, or asking from your pousada to arrange one, or you can just step out of the airport and take one of the Taxis waiting there. Price depend on the taxi company and the type of the car (4x4 is more expensive)(4, good estimation for price per regular car, is:
To get to Jericoacoara / Prea, you need to go on the CE-085 highway. Unfortunately, Google road maps are incorrect in north east Ceara area, so you can't count on navigation apps. Read the instructions here and in Brazil transportation section, download the map below, follow the signs, and you will make it to Prea village. Road conditions are adequate until Acarau, and Cruz. From Cruz, its a derivable dirt-road until Prea village.
From Cumbuco/Fortaleza area, you get onto the CE-085, and you stay on it for around 250 km, while following the signs to Jericoacoara/Prea. From Cumbuco, you will sea signs for Pecem, Taiba and then Paracuru. After Paracuru, you will be heading towards Paraipaba. In Paraipaba area, you will see many fruit shops and restaurants on both sides of the road. Its a good place to stop for refreshments.
After Paraipaba area, keep going on the CE-085 towards Itarema. In the following 100 km you mainly pass through native vegetation, and lagoons. You will go around Itarema, follow the signs to Acarau or Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Next village after 15 km is Juritianha, it’s has houses on both sides of the street. Another 15 km further,you will enter the town of Acarau.
in Acarau, the CE-085, goes straight until the end of the town, then turn left and leave the town. You pass a big roundabout, with a fish, turn right, towards Cruz.
After about 8 km, you will go on a bridge over Acarau river. Keep going straight, and following the sighs to Jericoacoara / Prea, you will pass Cruz on your left, and at Monteiro, you will pass to a dirt road, going to Prea. After 8 km you will be going through a small village called Caicara, when you get to the square, turn right. Follow the road for 5 km more and you get to Prea village.
From Prea village to the kitesurfing area and most hotels its an off-road with sandy conditions and crick crossing. From Prea village to Jericoacoara its an off-rod conditions and difficult navigation. So, at Prea village, pump some air out and ask around for a driver to drive your car. The cost is R$ 30 for Jericoacoara and around R$ 15 for Prea kite/hotels area.
By 4x4. You can drive at the beach while downwind, from Cumbuco, Taiba, Paracuru , Lagoinha, Flecheiras, Icaraizinho and Ilha do Guajiru. Driving conditions at the beach are dynamic. Transportation options depend on tide, seasonal lagoons and more. Local driver is a good choice.
Redencao (Tel: +55.85 3256.2728) company, offers various daily busses departing from several stops in Fortaleza.. The buses are air conditioned with on board toilet and refreshments and usually, one stop about half way is included. Company FretCar (Tel: +55.85 3402.2244) runs 2 daily buses departures at: 10:00 to arrive Jericoacoara at 16:30 and 18:30, arriving at midnight. In Jijoca all passengers to Jericoacoara and Prea have to switch to 4x4 open Bus. From now on the bus literally stops exactly where you ask for. One way trip, cost around 40-60R$. Mind that from the airport, you might need a ride to the buss station. For more details, read Brazil transportation section.
Hotels in Prea, Jericoacoara and kite clubs around, operate a daily chattels from Prea to Jericoacoara and back. Usually free for gusts or kitesurfing students, or for a small fee. Buggy ride between Jericoacoara cost around R$ 30. Bugg
Mind that if you want go to Jericoacoara, straight from Fortaleza airport, you might need to stay a night in Fortaleza. Drivers prefer not to drive at night, and the last bus is around 18.00.