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Travel Guide

Cotovelo Beach featuring a beach and general coastal views

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

Kristie Resort
Kristie Resort
4 out of 5
Av Engenheiro Roberto Freire, 5464, Natal, RN
The price is $46 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
Offering direct access to the beach, this Ponta Negra hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Morro do Careca and Ponta Negra Beach. Artesanato ...
4.3/5Excellent! (330 reviews)
"It’s a gem in Ponta Negra Beach. I just loved staying here. My ocean front room had a little balcony that every morning I could just sit and look out to the ocean. Watch the sunset was just amazing! You have a buffet breakfast every morning. The staff is friendly and amazing. The facility is super ..."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Kristie Resort
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
The price is $93 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Nestled on the beach, this Via Costeira resort is within a 15-minute walk of Dunes Park and Ponta Negra Beach. Morro do Careca is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.
4.4/5Excellent! (922 reviews)
"Staff very friendly, breakfast, room and bathroom were large and modern"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Serhs Natal Grand Hotel & Resort
Wish Natal
Wish Natal
5 out of 5
Via Costeira, 5525, Natal, RN
The price is $127 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Nestled on the beach, this Via Costeira hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunes Park, Ponta Negra Beach, and Morro do Careca. Natal Convention Center and Praia ...
4.4/5Excellent! (130 reviews)
"It was not crowded by other hotels. The gym was sufficient, the pool very nice and a great beach. Not like - my online request for service to the room took 2 days before completing."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

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