Windtown is truly kitesurfing heaven since it is located right at the beach and near Cumbuco, probably the most reliable place for wind in the world.
The wind came everyday around 11 o'clock, at noon the latest, we had two days with good "hard" wind, the wind is the hardest at the start, most days it went down a bit and sometimes it picked up again to the end of the day.
But I could have kitesurfed every day of our stay.
One thing you need to know, is that in the winter ( summer for us Northern people ) the sun goes down at six o'clock.
I rented all my material from the club, the kites were excellent and most boards were too, some could have done with replacing.
I got some lessons and was finally able to conquer the waves and further progress in my kitesurfing.
People keep an eye out for you as a beginner and are quick to the rescue if things go wrong.
I got the chance to do a big and a little downwinder, which was a super experience, especially driving upwind from the hotel and arriving back in front of it.
There is also a flat ( sweet ) water lagoon nearby, situated a good ten minutes by buggy ride, there you can practise ( your tricks ) or see the locals perform theirs.
Windtown is a place between a pousada and a hotel, the service is excellent and the food super, the rooms are good, but basic for someone who is used to the hotel feeling.
Breakfast was super, with a wide variety of fruit, bread and pancakes, fruit juice and some of the best coffee I ever had.
A couple of days in the week dinner was organized, it included a Thai, lobster and BBQ evening.
We even enjoyed a Capoeira evening.
A good tip is, if you are prone to mosquito bites ... ask for a mosquito net to be installed in your room.
Another cool thing about Windtown is the spa, I enjoyed the kite massage very much and my girlfriend had the aroma one twice.
Another thing is, if you are a light sleeper, you will have to get used to the noise of the ocean, since the rooms use a natural airflow system and do not have air-conditioning.
We are light sleepers and had to get used to that and other noises, but since the wind only comes around noon there is plenty of time to rest before the action.
The town of Cumbuco is at walking distance and provides all you need, good restaurants, a visit to 0031 Castanha is a must for foodlovers !
Lots of shops with souvenirs, surfshops and little general convenient stores.
Concerning safety there is nothing to worry about, the Policia is literally everywhere, just stick to the general rules of safety.
Things to do can include a trip to the capital city of Ceara, Fortaleza, you can take a bus in Cumbuco center, a taxi ride back is the easiest ( we paid 60,- Real from Iguatemi shopping center http://www.iguatemifortaleza.com.br ) and a trip in the dunes with a buggy in Cumbuco ( 140,- Real for an hour, 200,- for two )
Our stay in Windtown was truly a visit to paradise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Windtown Beach Hotel is a trendy and smallscale hotel with 18 rooms, situated directly on the untouched beach of Cumbuco. With one of the best kite surfing spots in the world right in front of the hotel, Windtown is a mecca for kite enthusiasts. Besides that, it's also a great relaxing place for the regular sunbather. The hotel has a spa, a pool, a beach bar, a sun deck with sun beds (with wonderful views of the kitesurfers at sea!), a restaurant that serves simple meals for lunch and dinner and a lounge area with a flat screen TV. The kitesurf school, located on the beach in front of the hotel, offers courses for all levels, rents first class equipment and organizes downwinders to the nearby lagoons of Cauípe (6 km), Taíba (20 km) and Paracuru (40 km). Windtown Beach Hotel is designed in a way that it blends into the surrounding nature: lots of wood and stones, set in a lush garden with colorful flowers and tropical birds. Because the hotel is built on the wind, it creates a natural air flow in the rooms. As a result, the use of air-conditioning is not necessary. Nevertheless, there are some air-conditioned rooms. All rooms have full ocean-, pool- and garden views, and come with a bathroom with a hot shower, comfortable beds, a safe, free wifi and a veranda with a hammock. The fresh and extensive breakfast buffet serves local delicacies and is included in the room rate. The charming village center of Cumbuco is 800 meters from Windtown. Close enough to walk and far enough to have that extra privacy and tranquility. The pristine sand dunes, where you can make beautiful walks and see breathtaking sunsets, are just behind the hotel. Also Fortaleza airport is not far away: 30 kilometers. Airport transfers can be arranged. The focus in Windtown is on personal service and sophisticated quality. The atmosphere is sporty, casual and sociable. Additionally, the hotel breathes a healthy and natural lifestyle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Windtown Beach Hotel Cumbuco, Brazil