Known as the city of the sun, Natal is a hot city! The location near the equator line makes it sunny almost all year round, alternating temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees during every month. Boring, huh? You can always get the beach in Natal! The best month to visit the city is November, when it rains less and is still in the off-season. Between December and February is the high season, hence everything is crowded, the tours are more expensive and always have a lot of tourists, which means endless queues and less attention by the establishments. April and May are the months when it rains the most, although the average temperature is around 26 degrees.
Besides Pipa, other beaches that I recommend to visit are Pirangi, Maracajaú, Genipabu, and of course, Ponta Negra, perhaps the most famous urban beach in Brazil, after Copacabana. It is in Ponta Negra that it is the hill of the baldhead, dune with about 107 meters of height that is in the south of the beach. Buzios and Tabatinga, are the most frequented beaches by my friend Bebel, who has lived there for many years and recommends the visit!
If you still do not know this part of Brazil I recommend taking about 5 days to enjoy the best of Natal. On the first day I would do a historical tour, Natal preserves several monuments, churches, shrines that are worth visiting. One of them is the Reis Magos Fortress, with more than 400 years of construction. It is the starting point of Natal and there is much of our history there. On the second day I would take a walk along the south coast beaches, passing through the world’s largest cashew tree in Pirangi – a 125-year-old tree that produces 80,000 cashews a year. OMG !!! I would leave the dunes of the north coast for the third day, taking a buggy ride “with emotion”, between sandstones and natural pools, on the fourth day a swim in Maracajaú or a walk in Pipa and the fifth day you rest in Natal , Walking through Ponta Negra and relaxing there until the hour of the forró.
The best way to get around Natal and meet the dozens of attractions in its surrounding area is by car. It is easy to drive around town, always having the edge as a reference – to the south is the liveliest beach of Ponta Negra; to the north, the Via Costeira with its resorts and dunes; and then, the Centre and the beaches frequented by the locals. Avoid circular at peak times when traffic is bottled, especially in Ponta Negra.
Stay tuned for pedestrian crossings without traffic lights and no want to drive on the dunes of Genipabu. There, only circulate drivers (buggy) accredited, taking into account the risk of accidents. Access to Genipabu is via bridge Newton Navarro – go slowly to enjoy the look from above that reveals much of the beauty of the capital.