Fortaleza

Six world cup matches, including a quarter final, are set at the massive stadium in this hot and steamy city known for popular kite and windsurfing beaches. Head to Praia do Futuro – yes, World Cup coincides with the windy season – where you can jump on a board or just join the locals for a favorite seaside feast of fresh crabs cooked in coconut milk. Author Qiana Martin ("Savoring Jogo Bonito") recommends making the trip to the nearby town of Maranguape to learn the history of Cachaça, a quintessentially Brazilian liquor and one of the main ingredients in caipirinhas.