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Enjoy Fortaleza on a Budget

Bubbling with a laid-back beach culture, infectious live music, and free open-air festivals Fortaleza is a major city in Brazil’s tropical state of Ceará. Famous for its local brand of maracatú drum parades and just-for-fun forró dancing, Fortaleza is surrounded by beautiful beaches and is known throughout Brazil for its lively nightlife and good-natured and friendly nordestino culture. With a hot climate all year round, fanned by a pleasant coastal breeze, every season is the right season for a budget vacation in Fortaleza.

Things to see in Fortaleza

The Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, named after the local hero of the abolitionist movement, has an extensive calendar of free cultural events and is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike. Fortaleza’s major festivals are the free Festa Junina street parties that take place every June and July. The festivals’ forró music is easygoing and inclusive, enticing visitors and locals in traditional clothing to take part in vast quadrille dances across the city’s squares. The Parque Ecológico do Cocó is a nature reserve with native Brazilian mangrove vegetation and wildlife that can be explored by boat tour along the river Cocó—it is free to the public for hiking, picnics, and regular events. For a low-cost vacation in Fortaleza, eat from street stalls or in local lanchonetes and cool off with a chilled fresh coconut water for only a few reais.

Cheap hotels in Fortaleza

As the Northeast of Brazil offers excellent value in general, there is no shortage of budget accommodation in Fortaleza. While there are shared rooms available in Fortaleza’s budget hostels, there is often not much price difference between a dormitory bed in a hostel and a private room in a cheap hotel in Fortaleza, so it’s worth looking out for a good hotel deal. Outside of peak seasons in particular, you have a good chance of bargaining the price down from the advertised room rates. Pousadas and budget hotels in Fortaleza will generally offer a basic self-service breakfast and often an outdoor area and pool.

Where to stay in Fortaleza

The cheapest hotels in Fortaleza are those along the Praia de Iracema, which is right by the Centro Dragão do Mar and is lined with plenty of budget-friendly stalls and beach bars. Another excellent option is along Praia do Futuro. Offering three miles of the best beach in Forteleza, this area is a little outside the center and is especially recommended for travelers with their own transport, or more time on their hands. For experienced travelers wishing to be close to everything, there are great affordable hotels in Fortaleza center on the stretch of Avenida Dom Manuel between the beach and Av. Santos Dumont.

How to get to Fortaleza

The primary airport serving Fortaleza is Pinto Martins, which has regular domestic flights and a limited number of international connections. Frequent airport buses connect directly with the main bus station downtown. From the main bus station, buses are available to elsewhere in Ceará and the rest of Brazil. By car, Fortaleza is accessible to the rest of the country via highway BR-020. The main public transportation around the city is the bus system, although for those needing to take a cab, prices are displayed in the cab window.