History of Praia do Futuro
Considering that a beach is normally a natural feature we
don't often consider their history, but as Praia do Futuro
is the Beach of the Future it is actually a deliberately
created area for recreation.
The city of Fortaleza decided in 1954 to take the last
piece of undeveloped urban beach create along it the "Avenue
of the Future", a road to provide access and infrastructure
on what would be called the Beach of the Future or Praia do
Futuro. Designed originally as a place for the rich
and elite of the city to live it was not immediately
successful as a residential area.
In the late 1930's the construction of the Port of
Mucuripe had changed the way the tides flowed in the area
and created more sandy area, by half a kilometer at Praia do
Futuro and made it all the more attractive as a beach.
At first the new beach was mostly used by
personalities and intellectuals for visiting, for a "day at
the beach, but not for
as a residential district. In the 1960s an effort was
made to promote the area as a luxury residential district.
But by the 1970s there were still only a few buildings along
the beach. With the completion in 1976 of the road
called Avenida Santos Dumont the access to the Praia do Futuro
from the rest of Fortaleza was greatly improved and with
that the boom in the use of the beach started.
With the completion in the 1982 of the Edificio
Condominio Van Piaget the area finally became a residential
one for up market residents.
Set by step more and more sophisticated facilities for
local people were built on the beach, originally in tents or
under straw huts these have gradually turned into the 5 star
hotels and clubs we know today. Still referred to as
"Barracas" which means in the local language "tent" they are
in fact high class and sophisticated recreation clubs.
You can learn more about them here.