Meireles Beach (Praia do Meireles)
Meireles Beach (Praia do Meireles)

Meireles Beach (Praia do Meireles)

Free admission
Fortaleza, Brazil

The basics

Meireles Beach is a popular spot for morning joggers, and in the evenings, it’s surrounded by the famous Feirinha de Artesanato (Artisan Fair) where vendors sell locally made crafts and textiles. It’s a great place to pick up Fortaleza embroidered lace. The city’s fish market is also nearby. While the beach doesn’t often feature on organized tours of Fortaleza, it’s well worth a visit on your own, especially if you’re already in the area enjoying the middle-class neighborhood’s other draws.

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Things to know before you go

  • Meireles Beach is one of the best spots in town for souvenir shopping.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.
  • While nice for a seaside stroll, the water here generally isn’t clean enough for swimming.
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How to get there

Meireles Beach is just east of the city center in a neighborhood of the same name. If you’re not already within walking distance, plan to get there by rideshare or taxi.

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When to get there

The best time to visit this stretch of sand is in the evening (6pm to late) when the artisan fair takes place. It’s also popular early in the morning for outdoor recreation before it gets too hot.

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Best Beaches of Fortaleza

Visitors to Fortaleza have their choice of beaches to relax on. Iracema Beach, perhaps the most famous, features a nice boardwalk and numerous bars that create somewhat of a seaside party zone in the evenings. Head to Mucuripe Beach to see the sails of traditional fishing jangadas flapping in the wind, or make your way to Futuro Beach for swimming and surfing.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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