Natal

Travel Guide
Admire the shifting sand dunes and swaying palm trees that loom over the warm, blue-green ocean in this picturesque region.

Pristine beaches and an intriguing Portuguese colonial past make Natal special. In this fascinating city spot dolphins, encounter an immense cashew tree and walk across one of Brazil’s largest cable bridges. Drift lazily off the beaches along the eastern coast for spectacular views of forested hills.

Sunbathe on Pirangi Beach, which is divided into two parts by its eponymous river. Go snorkeling to see colorful fish and wander along the pier on the northern section of the bay. Take a short walk northwest to the Pirangi Cashew Tree, which entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest. Take a guided tour of the one-tree forest to discover the original trunk among the maze of branches.

The Pirangi sites lie on the edge of the Parnamirim commune on Natal’s southeastern outskirts. See its Barreira do Inferno Launch Center and visit the local market for food and handicrafts.

Feast on the region’s delicacies, which frequently involve shrimp and lobster. Beach towns such as Barra do Cunhaú and Pipa base their economies around shrimp, served in many restaurants overlooking the ocean. Go surfing in the shadow of cliffs at Cotovelo Beach and visit the scenic Baía Formosa and Genipabu Beach.

Natal’s historic center retains a seductive charm. Attend a dance recital or play in the historic air-conditioned Alberto Maranhão Theater, which has a pleasing pastel façade. Visit the nearby Natal City Hall and Teatro Riachuelo.

The city is on the northeastern tip of Brazil in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Fly to Aeroporto Internacional de Natal and drive east for 18 miles (30 kilometers) to get here. Cross the vast Newton Navarro Bridge, which has excellent views of the star-shaped Fort of Three Kings. Get around the city by bus, taxi or buggy.

Note that Natal is Portuguese for Christmas. It was founded on December 25, 1599. Natal is known across the globe for its pristine sandy havens, excellent seafood and extraordinary cashew tree.

Where to stay in Natal

Aram Ponta Negra Hotel
Aram Ponta Negra Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua da Praia, 3398, Ponta Negra, Natal, RN, 59090-840
The price is $60 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
$60
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Natal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Ponta Negra Beach and Morro do Careca are ...
3.7/5 Good! (64 reviews)
Melhoria.
"Foi tranquila, porém o salão de café era pequeno para a quantidade de hóspedes."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Aram Ponta Negra Hotel
Best Western Premier Majestic Ponta Negra Beach
Best Western Premier Majestic Ponta Negra Beach
3.5 out of 5
Av. Eng. Roberto Freire 3800, Ponta Negra, Natal, RN, 59090-000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $110 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
$110
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Natal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (658 reviews)
"O hotel é de uma beleza extraordinária, muito bem decorado. É um luxo ."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Best Western Premier Majestic Ponta Negra Beach
Serhs Natal Grand Hotel & Resort
Serhs Natal Grand Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Senador Dinarte Mariz 6045, Via Costeira Ponta negra, Natal, RN, 59090-002
The price is $120 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
$120
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Natal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"I like the location of the hotel, facing to the beach."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Serhs Natal Grand Hotel & Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bela Silvia Pousada
Bela Silvia Pousada
3 out of 5
Rua Das Algas 2231 - Ponta Negra, Natal, RN, 59090-410
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Natal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Ponta Negra Beach and Frasqueirao Stadium are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (54 reviews)
Lovely place
"Clean, simple, cute and comfortable. With everything you need inside. There are microwave, fridge, sink, table, plates and cutlery. Plus nice bed, internet and tv. Also is near the amazing beach of Ponta Negra. I could just live there no problem."

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2012

Bela Silvia Pousada
Flat Espaçoso para Casal em Areia Preta
Flat Espaçoso para Casal em Areia Preta
2.5 out of 5
Av. Gov. Silvio Pedroza 228, Natal, RN, 59014-100
Stay at this apartment in Natal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Sun Clock and Areia Preta Beach are located nearby. ...
Flat Espaçoso para Casal em Areia Preta
Coral Plaza Apart Hotel
Coral Plaza Apart Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Francisco Gurgel, 9005, Ponta Negra, Natal, RN, 59090-050
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Natal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (312 reviews)
"Really well-located and well-appointed. Friendly staff and beautiful pool. The beautiful beach is just a step outside of the pool with safe key access for guests. We really enjoyed our stay here, highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Coral Plaza Apart Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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