the good thing about Brazil is, that there is a spot for everyone!
Different people, different opinions about the same place. Cumbuco has its fans, Taiba also, same for Paracuru, Prea, Jeri, and all other spots.
But be honest by mentioneing that the Taiba lagoon is small, and most of the time crowded, at least during the main season, same as the Cauipe lagoon, and Paracuru.
The secret spot between Taiba and Paracuru is not secret, everyone can see it on the lowtide passing by.
The downwinder from Taiba to Paracuru is one of the best in the world. For a smaller 7km downwinder the one from Cumbuco to Cauipe is very nice too. It has soo many fans, some doing 3 a day...
And Cumbuco has also 2 "secret" wave spots, listed on kitebeaches, but barely anyone rides there...so you normally have it for yourself...
Like I said, this coast has it all! And Taiba for sure is a nice place! But I recommend to come to NE Brazil, start in Cumbuco, then do downwinders or trips until Jeri, and find your place...I promise one of them will be it!
And on the safety side, Cumbuco was one of the worst, and turned to be one of the best now, with the Ronda police circling 24 hours with several cars...so now the bad guys go to places where they are not around! But in general, follow simple safety rules and you will be fine. Worked for me so far, and I only got robbed in other places of the world!