The SpaceOur home is large and spacious, designed with an eye for the aesthetic as well as a feel for comfort; an oasis of style in harmony with the environment. We offer convivial communal living as well as as much privacy as each individual might desire. The house has 5 bedrooms in total.
2 ocean view rooms each with king size double bed (2 mattresses each 90 cm wide = 180 cm total) and one single bed (1 mattress 90 cm wide), private bathroom, ceiling ventilator and mosquito net (mosquito net is only necessary in the rainy season, January through July).
1 garden view room with queen size bed (140 cm wide) and one single bed (90 cm wide), bathroom, ceiling ventilator and mosquito net.
2 ocean view bedrooms each with king size double bed (2 mattresses each 90 cm wide = 180 cm total) and a single bed (1 mattress 90 cm wide), private bathroom, ceiling ventilator and mosquito net.
The ocean breeze, rustling palms and breaking waves send you off to sleep.
Our cook Marileni, and house cleaner, Claudia, will greet you with the breakfast of your choice.
Sheets and towels are provided by the host. Food and drink must be bought by the guest and are available at the large minimarket in Baleia (1 km away along the beach) or in the supermarket in Itapipoca (1 hr away by car). A local merchant, Junior, delivers fresh fruit and vegetables upon request at the guests' cost directly to the house every 2-3 days.
The house is staffed by a cook, Marileni, a cleaner, Claudia, and a night guard, Josué: their wages are included in the cost of the house. Should you desire assistance with kiting, Camillo can be hired by the day, at your own cost. Guest AccessThe whole house, including kitchen and refrigerator, but excluding food storage pantry, kite storage room and 2nd refrigerator, are at the guests' disposal.
Ground floor: spacious and comfortable living/dining room area, terrace with Adirondack chairs and hammocks, large open yard, space to pump and rest your kites, park your car or buggy, or try your tricks on the slack-line.
Upper deck: terrace with Adirondack chairs and hammocks offers a spectacular view of the palms, the beach, the stars, the moon and the rising sun. Take a drive up to the dunes at Mundau or kite 200 meters offshore at 5:30 pm and you can see the setting sun.
We own the adjacent property behind the house, and you may wonder among the fledgling Flamboyants, Jacaranda and Frangipani, or test your botany knowledge by identifying the mango, avocado and citrus trees. We also grow manioc and macaxeira, as well as bananas. Interaction with GuestsWe are a Swiss and - all except Andreas - US American, kiting family: Andreas, Jody, our two sons, Raphael and Jonas, and Pipa, our dog. Although we will not be here during your stay, we are available 24/7 by email or phone, and would like to introduce ourselves. We speak English, Portuguese, German, French (all of us), and Spanish (Jody). Andreas is an orthopedic surgeon and Jody is a pediatrician, Raphael is finishing his Masters in Architecture, and Jonas is working on his Masters in the History and Philosophy of Knowledge (we are not sure what that is exactly, but he reads a lot).
Marileni: mujer guerrera and fabulous cook
Claudia: cleaning lady with a joyful heart
Camillo: kite teacher, best kiter in Baleia, the king of big air, capable of rescuing anyone from any kitemare, including hauling your kite down from a palm tree. He is available to work on a daily basis just to help out or to give lessons at the expense of the guest.
Josué: night guard, the most honest person you will ever meet.
César: sort-of gardener, sort-of all round helper, sweet César, always wears a smile. The NeighborhoodOur part of the beach, called Pedrinhas, is a protected bay situated 1 kilometer upwind of the fishing village, Baleia. It is quiet, relatively isolated, and safe. Nonetheless, this being Brazil, we have a night guard. You may leave the doors and windows open during the evening.
Beautiful sand dunes with fresh water ponds can be reached by foot in 20 minutes. You can walk or jog 6 kilometers upwind to Mundau, in fact we sometimes kite upwind at sundown just for the fun..................
Women should not go walking alone beyond the point of the bay 1 kilometer upwind of our house, or beyond visible houses downwind of Baleia, approximately 2 kilometers downwind from our house. It is safe to walk in groups of at least two people beyond these points during the day. Getting AroundArrival:
Our house entrance way can only be accessed by the beach. Alternatively, an unpaved dirt road brings you within 50 meters of the entrance, should you be arriving at high tide. At low and mid-tide cars can drive on the beach. For longer trips on the beach, 4-wheel drive is recommended. Detailed directions are available after you make your booking.
Transfers to and from any points along the coast from Fortaleza to Jericoacoara can be arranged.
Getting around locally: You can walk to the village of Baleia one kilometer away, up to Mundau river 6 kilometers away, or rent our buggy with driver (Camillo) at fixed price per kilometer. Other Things to NotePraia da Pedrinhas, Baleia offers fabulous uncrowded kite conditions. You can get a nice shore break at high tide, flat water to practice your jumps on at low tide, and then there are the reefs, with varying wave sizes and ever so smooth (and shallow....) water, depending on the tide. Above all, we have wind, notably more than spots one to two hours upwind such as Guajiru, Paracuru und Cumbucu. And as stated, we are uncrowded. I call it busy when there are more than five kites on the water. Most of the time we are all to ourselves.
Guests may rent the buggy upon special arrangement, with Camillo as driver. A popular short trip is to drive up to Mundau, just 6 kilometers away, for a downwinder back to the house. This downwinder counts as one of the best on the coast. December 12th, a day to remember, a big day: wind at 21 knots with gusts up to 24, waves up to 2 meters, high tide at 5:15 pm, just right for a sundown session. A brilliant day.....