Fortaleza Beach Park is a hugely popular entertainment and leisure complex on the northeastern coast of Brazil. Every year, more than 700,000 people visit the tropical playground’s resort, hotels, restaurants, shops, sailing raft museum, water park—one of the largest in South America—and beach.
Located in Porto das Dunas, just outside of Fortaleza, the Beach Park complex offers fun for everyone. Its main attraction is its enormous Aqua Park, with waterslides, waterfalls, and an artificial river. You can surf in a wave swimming pool, try out some of the thrilling “radical” attractions, or visit the family-friendly Noah’s Ark. Other spots that are suitable for children of all ages include the Acqua Show and Acqua Circo.
Tours to Beach Park also typically include stops at Fortaleza highlights such as the Metropolitan Cathedral (aka Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Joseph), Martyrs Square, Central Market, and the Statue of Iracema. Some tours stop at other area beaches such as Cumbuco, Jericoacoara, Meireles, Morro Branco, and Canoa Quebrada.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Beach Park is a must-do for water park–lovers, thrill-seekers, and families visiting Fortaleza.
- The on-site Beach Grill, Wave Bar, Beachburger, and other eateries serve meals throughout the day.
- Kids Club and Beach Baby provide babysitting services so adults can enjoy some free time.
- Wheelchairs are available for use within the park, and there are several accessible restrooms.
How to Get There
Fortaleza Beach Park is 9 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Fortaleza. Many tours of Fortaleza that stop at the beach park include round-trip transportation from the city. Parking is available on-site.
When to Get There
Be sure to check the park’s online calendar for opening days and times, which vary by month, and special events. The best time to visit Fortaleza is January to June—it is the dry season, with less humidity and very low chance of rain.
One of the most popular attractions at Beach Park is the aptly named Insano (Insane). This 135-foot (41-meter) waterslide’s vertical angle yields incredibly rapid descents—at speeds of up to 65 miles (105 kilometers) per hour! Brave souls plunge down it in about five seconds. The slide was once in the Guinness Book of World Records for its height, but in 2002 was eclipsed by the Kilimanjaro slide at Aldeia das Águas Park Resort in Barra do Piraí, Brazil.