Cumbuco is a beach village of about 25.000 inhabitants in Ceará, some 30 kilometers west of Fortaleza. It has recently been discovered by European developers, and small resorts are popping up. Larger projects are in the pipeline, such as a golf course and a beach volleyball arena with a training camp for players. To the west you can see the modern and steadily growing port of Pecém. With a steel mill and petroleum refinery to come, it promises a certain impact on the region.
From Fortaleza there are convenient buses from Clube Ideal, leaving at 9 AM, 11 AM, 3:50 PM and 6:20 PM. These first go all the way to the fish market along Beira Mar, then come back along Avenida Abolição and Avenida Historiador Raimundo Girão. About 1 hour, R$ 4,50. From Cumbuco, buses leave the main square at 6:30 AM, 10 AM, 2:35 PM and 5 PM. More frequent buses to/from Av. do Imperador in the center of Fortaleza.
0031 restaurant, Rua Almirante Tamarandi s/n (at the beach), ☎ 86 179 119, . 18.00. International restaurant which is already a wellknown place for over 3 years. Nice ambiance and tasty food. RS 25. edit
Secret Spot, Next door to Gaucho. Open evenings only. International menu with strong Italian influence. Highly recommended. R$ 20. edit
There is an ATM located in the small bakery at the east end of the village, just around the corner from the main square. It is open until around 6pm. The only other ATM in the area is at a gas station (open every day 7 AM - 10 PM, probably the only one ever seen selling kite surfing gear) some 25 minutes walk in the direction of Fortaleza. Any bus leaving from Cumbuco's main square passes by.
While driving on the streets of Cumbuco you will see people and sometimes children standing in the middle of the street or road signaling you to stop. They may even block the way to force you to stop. Most of them work as local tourist guides and want to offer their services to you. They may be extremely insistent, and unless you have already decided in advance to hire their services and pay whatever their price is, or engage in a never ending price negotiation, just smile, keep driving gently and keep your windows closed. They may run a couple of yards behind you but then will give up.