Fortaleza is a city on the move, and the move is to tourism. Why, recently, the Secretary of Tourism for the State of Sao Paulo, came for a visit and jealously affirmed that the residents of the state of Ceara, where Fortaleza is the capital, should take pity on poor Sao Paulo and visit more regularly. It seems like the good people of his domain favored Fortaleza over their own well known digs.
However, Fortaleza isn't just for Fortalezans or even Brazilians, or even South Americans anymore. Fortaleza is for the world, and if OceanView has anything to say about it, for North Americans in particular. Get ready for an eye opening tour of the next vacation sensation destination for travel hungry Americans.
A tremendously interesting selling point to Fortaleza is that it's a slice of paradise, temporarily lost, but now gloriously found! The typical temperature downtown is a balmy 830 F year round. Add to this that the areas is what they call a semi-arid region, which means, not quite desert country, and your beach fun is assured. When it rains, it usually isn't for long, and that is in the rainy season, which in the North American winter. Of course, the beach temperature doesn't vary more than a couple of degrees, spring, winter, and summer.
One other interesting note: Fortaleza and Brazil in general is a natural disaster free zone. No hurricanes, earthquakes or anything else much will disturb your peaceful vacation. They make up for the dull weather with interesting people and places to do.
Speaking of people, here is who you might run into while you are there...
Out of the first one hundred folks you might meet while strolling, chances are that: 53% will be Caucasian. 34% will be of mixed race. 6% will be black. And the rest will be of Asian and Indian descent.
The national language is not Latin or Spanish, but the Brazilian version of Portuguese, though the average Brazilian is no more pro-Portugal than we are liable to claim kinship with England. 83% can read and write, which is probably higher than some school populations in the United States. Brazil, in general, is a land of surprises! Relegated to the backwaters of tourism for the past few years, they have come a LONG way. They possess a vast and ever growing tourism infrastructure, and we haven't even gotten to their new crown jewel of tourism, Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
When one thinks of Brazil, one thinks of one thing... Rainforest...Or as we used to call it; jungle. Surprisingly, rainforest is but one aspect of this surprising (and HUGE) country. Many people know that the largest tropical rainforest in the world is in the Amazon Basin of Brazil.
However, most people do not realize that the rest of Brazil - some 58% of the country - is not covered by rainforest. Instead you can see grassland, pine forests and even in places semi-desert...(Fortaleza, for example...)
Brazil is a young country. Oh, they have been around longer than we , but it is a nation young at heart. In the U.S., at the present time, we are top heavy on older Americans, while the reverse is true there. 30% of the population is 14 or under, while 65% is 15-64 years of age. This bit of trivia might help to explain the exciting spirit one encounters on a visit. Indeed, the only problem you might face at departure time is a feeling of sadness at having to leave.
Brazil, which by the way, is spelled Brasil when you are among the natives, had rampant inflation, so common to South America in the 80's, but it has largely been brought under control. Their currency, the Real, (Pronounced hee-al) , compares favorably with ours. And, no banana republic, Brazil! Their government is democratically elected and it is very similar to ours. Amazingly similar. You will be hard pressed to find a country so different, yet so familiar. For the traveler, it's is a feast!