On the remote northeastern coast of Brazil, where the road goes from asphalt to dirt to sand, sits Jericoacoara, an idyllic beach town within a national park. A small, sleepy fishing village, Jeri, as it’s commonly called, was thrust into the limelight when the Washington Post named it one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world in 1987. Travelers arrive by 4WD through a Sahara desert landscape of shifting sand dunes, some reaching 100 feet tall, and are rewarded with stunning scenery, lagoons ringed by coconut palms, and spectacular sunsets. Dune buggy tours, kitesurfing and windsurfing are popular activities; seahorses can be viewed in their natural habitat. The town is bohemian and lively; at night, the party moves from the clubs out onto the beach.