Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, is clean, bright city that is being developed a top speed into beach capital of the Northeast of Brazil. Pure air, sun, fine beaches and sand dunes symbolize this small state which has been a dramatic increase in foreign visitors.
Natal's city beaches strech well over 6 miles south from the fort to the Farol de Mae Luiza lighthouse. These are mostly urban beaches with bars, nightlife and big surf.
South of Natal, there are some famous spots as: Ponta Negra is where you find the Morro da Careca, an enormous sand dune that rises almost vertically and drops straigh into the sea. Climbing it by digging ones feet into the soft sand, can be an enjoyable experience.
Tibau do Sul e Pipa
Continuing along an old and narrow road, 60 miles from the capital, are the beach of Tibau do Sul and Pipa. The wildest of all the beaches that still retains a natural charm that attracts those who want to get away from big city bustle. Here there are communities of "ex stressed-out" city-dwellers consisting of Germans, Argentineans and Brazilians, amongst others.
North of Natal :
Praia Redinha, 16 miles north of Natal , features 40m-high dunes, a good view of Natal, lots of bars and capongas ( freshwater lagoons).
Genipabu - about 3 miles farther, where golden sand dunes, palm trees and dune buggies converge on a beach lined with numerous beach bars, pousadas and restaurants. It's a popular, crowded place, where you can swim, toboggan down the dunes, or take a half-hour boat trip.
Maracajaú beaches are located on the Maxaranguape County, and it is worth visiting this part of the State north coast. The boat ride to the Parrachos (coral reef banks) is an unforgettable adventure. For those who like diving, you will find one of the cleanest waters areas, with a visibility that ranges up 10 meter.
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