The beaches are the most competitive scenarios in Natal. Moving on to the North Coast or the South Coast, in each section, an attractive: from the excitement of radical maneuvers in mobile or fixed dunes to relax in a simple fishing village. And there’s the natural pools Maracajaú a barrier reef seven kilometers from the beach, with warm and clear waters that invite diving amid colorful fish.
Urban beaches as Meio, Artists and Areia Preta, are not suitable for swimming due to the large number of reefs and rocks. But when the tide is high, the surfers will play on the beach of Artists. Already in Ponta Negra has room for everyone, interspersing quiet passages and others with good waves for surfing.
Beaches in detais
Ponta Negra Beach is one of the most popular spots in the city of Natal and known for its natural beauty and for having one of the busiest nights in the Northeast. In the last decade, the neighborhood of Ponta Negra, where the beach of the same name is located, has become one of the most popular sights of the city.
During high season, the 4-km long beach offers plenty of fun for all ages: Jet Ski rides and inflatable water toys such as the well-known banana boat. Street vendors circulate throughout the day selling not only popsicles and soft drinks, but also delicacies typical of the native region. On the boardwalk, kiosks also provide coconut water and other snacks.
At the southern end of the border is the Morro do Careca, one of the best-known postcards in the city. With the prohibition of climbing the hill in the face of the ecological damage caused, tourists enjoy, besides the incredible sight itself, the natural pools that form between the rocks of its slope during low tide.
Towards the north, Av. Erivan Franca concentrates the largest number of bars, restaurants and mall galleries, being the busiest point of Ponta Negra Beach. However, one of the region’s problems is parking, which is only allowed on one side of the road, with some parking limitations – when driving is inevitable, look for the private parking which can be found along the street.
For those who enjoy a busy nightlife, the edges of the waterfront bring bars, nightclubs and nightclubs to all tastes that remain open early in the morning. The neighbourhood is still mostly residential, but hostels, hotels and hostels of all kinds are beginning to take over the region – check out some options to stay at Ponta Negra Beach:
Quite popular, alternating good spots for diving and other perfect for surfing. Nearby, dunes and lagoons can be cleared aboard buggies.
First stop heading south, 12 kilometers from Ponta Negra, Elbow has calm water and soft sand and clear. Dunes, coconut trees and cliffs complement the look.
The big attractions are the dunes, combined with the buggies, Genipabu make a real amusement park in the middle of nowhere. The trips can be “with or without emotion”, which means more speed and stunts by mobile and fixed dunes, occasionally blessed with fresh water lagoons.
From the top of the pile of sand you can enjoy Genipabu lagoon and also walks humped dromedaries. The route ends at the beach of Genipabu – though quiet and protected by a column reefs, is not as pretty as a function of the turbid waters. But take the time to make a stop at Bar 21, certainly one of the most photographed in the world for the perfection of the scenario: it is at the foot of the dune, next to a coconut tree twisted by the wind.
The beach is the birthplace of “aerobunda” practiced in the same name lagoon. The method consists of sliding down a huge dune sitting in a chair stuck in a rope, falling straight in the lagoon of limpinhas waters.
It has calm waters, soft sand, coconut trees and dunes. In the eponymous lake, the fun is down the sand hills practicing Tyrolean (cableways).
Departure point for trips on the North Coast, Redinha is also the sea meeting point with the Potengi River and point of the kite and windsurf fans. The beach, which houses a large fishing village, has strong waves and reefs.