Along with another famous beach, Jericoacoara, it is the most important tourist attraction of the state of Ceará after its capital, Fortaleza. It was discovered by the Portuguese who broke their boat near today's Ponta Grossa beach in 1685. The village got its name after this accident - canoa quebrada
means "broken boat" in Portuguese.
The beach is located in magnificent scenery of rusty dunes and cliffs (up to 30 metres in some places), within easy reach from Fortaleza, only 4 degrees south of the Equator which guarantees fantastic weather all year round. Major hotels and tourist offices in Fortaleza can book anybody for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime in a mini-bus for very affordable price.
This used to be small fishing village and has its own excellence typical for another big city - Broadway alley, famous for gift shops and restaurants. It offers dune biking, kite surfing, parasailing, fishing and quadding along while spending lazy time in some of the most beautiful beach scenery in the world. The village has a lot of accommodation places equipped with internet cafes.
Another curiosity of the region is its water, saturated with salt to the degree second only to the Dead Sea. When the wind is blowing during daytime breeze, there's a slight cloud of salty air visible.