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Where in the world: South America  /  Brazil  /  State of Rio Grande do Norte  /  Natal

Top 15 things to do in Natal

1. Dunas de Genipabu

Choose from leisurely camel rides or exciting beach buggy adventures to explore Dunas de Genipabu, located inside a world-famous environmental protection area. These shifting dunes are located on a beach noted for its secluded freshwater lagoon. The beach includes plenty of tourist facilities, such as hotels, inns, restaurants, and food kiosks. Many visitors opt to experience the sandbanks by sandboarding over them, starting on top of some of the highest dunes in the country and ending up right on the water’s edge. Intense winds shift the sand around, constantly creating new landscapes and surprising even frequent visitors with this ever-changing beach scenery. Don’t forget to bring a camera for your dune adventure, and your swimming gear for a refreshing dip in the lagoon.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $140 › Learn more about Dunas de Genipabu

2. Parrachos de Maracajau

Explore the region’s famous Parrachos de Maracajau, a series of reefs sheltering a fragile ecosystem of several types of coral and dozens of species of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. Several tour operators offer guided snorkeling and diving trips, designed to introduce visitors to the colorful coral reefs, which are an important part of a large Coral Reef Preservation Area. Start your adventure with a buggy ride around the nearby beaches, and spend the rest of the day discovering the natural wonders hidden inside the warm pools of crystalline water formed by these coral formations.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $79 › Learn more about Parrachos de Maracajau

3. Parque das Dunas

A 1,172 ha (11.72 sq km) nature reserve--the second largest urban park in Brazil--Parque das Dunas serves as an integral part of the Atlantic biosphere reserve. Opened in 1975, the park has a large visitor center containing an auditorium, an exhibition hall, an infirmary, a library and a cafeteria. Three trails--Perobinha, Peroba, and Ubaia-Doce--also traverse the park, making it ideal for the visiting wanderer. For kids and families, there’s also a playground, a picnic area, an amphitheater, and an artificial lake.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Buggy Ride - Genipabu + North Coast to Jacuma

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Riding a buggy through the dunes and beaches of the coast is the best option for fun and entertainment, an itinerary full of attractions for all audiences, stops for swimming in Lagoons and Beaches, Incredible landscapes for photos, Ziplines, sky-Bunda, Dromedarios, Aquarium , Handicrafts, fishing villages are some of the attractions in this incredible itinerary on the North coast of RN. All this accompanied by a trained professional, come live this adventure!
Suggested duration: 5 to 7 hours
Tours from $175 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Scuba & Snorkeling

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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6. Off-Road Tours

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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7. Ponta Negra Beach

Ponta Negra Beach, a lively beach dotted by numerous convenient tourist facilities, has long been a beloved hang-out spot for both locals and passing visitors. The sand is lined with huts, locally called "barracas," selling food and drinks to beachgoers throughout the day, with several staying open late into the night. You can swim, dive, and snorkel in these calm waters, or spend the day browsing the many nearby shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants. Located at the extreme southern end of the beach is the famous Morro do Careca (Bald Hill), a large dune and an iconic landmark of the city. To the north of the beach is the Via Costeira (Coastal Way), a long road connecting this site with several other popular beaches along the coast.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $39 › Learn more about Ponta Negra Beach

8. Maracajau from Natal

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Maracajau, known as the "Brazilian Caribbean", is a beach that offers natural beauty untouched by urbanization. Enjoy the breathtaking views and a diving adventure in the Parrachos on a full day guided tour from Natal. Complete with a 10 foot (3 meter) deep reef formation and tropical fish, this truly is a South American experience!
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $79 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Genipabu Beach, Genipabu

Nestled inside an important environmental protection area, Genipabu Beach often feature prominently on postcards of Rio Grande do Norte. Internationally famous for its dune buggy rides, the beach features a freshwater lagoon and plenty of tourist facilities. Besides riding or sandboarding over the huge golden dunes, you can swim, snorkel, dive, or simply relax right by the water’s edge. Several tourist operators provide visitors with a unique chance to ride camels over some of the highest dunes in the country. If you choose a camel ride adventure, be sure to bring lots of water, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Jacumã Lagoon

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $175 › Learn more about Jacumã Lagoon

11. Reis Magos Fortress

Join an informative free tour of Reis Magos Fortress, a medieval fortress built in 1598. Built to protect the city from possible foreign invaders, the site now serves as a local museum and a major tourist attraction. The fortress has retained its original five-point star shape, and still contains a chapel, cannons, and soldiers’ quarters. Also included on the site is the Marco de Touros, a marker stone placed there by the early Portuguese settlers. Stop by to explore the history of the region and enjoy panoramic views of the city, Ponte Nova Bridge, and the sand dunes across the Potenji River.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $26 › Learn more about Reis Magos Fortress

12. Pipa Beach from Natal

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Considered to be one of Brazil's ten most beautiful beaches, Pipa boasts stunning scenery and nature. Home to a portion of the Atlantic Rainforest and cliffs overlooking a chain of coves, Pipa has always attracted visitors from all over the world. Included is a stop at the beach of Madeira and the village of Pipa with free time for shopping and swimming. This natural scenery is a must see when visiting Natal!
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $28 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Morro do Careca

Located at the extreme southern end of the popular Ponta Negra, Morro do Careca includes a large dune that has become an iconic landmark of the city. This beach features an unusual combination of water, dunes, and lush vegetation, with its "Bald Hill" rising 120 m (374 ft) into the air. Though climbing of the hill was official forbidden in the 1990s in order to protect its fragile ecosystem against erosion, you can swim, snorkel, dive, kayak, windsurf, or simply relax right on the water’s edge. This entire area is completely urbanized, with numerous shops, bars, restaurants, and hotels. The sand is lined with huts selling food and drinks throughout the day and late into the night.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Praia Da Pipa, Praia da Pipa

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15.  Buggy Ride - Genipabu Dunes (Furniture and Fixed)

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Buggy ride from Natal / RN to Genipabu / Extremoz; will pass by urban beaches of Natal, Ponte Nova, destined to the dunes of Genipabu where we will travel them in authorized buggy and accredited buggy. With 20 years of experience. The tour has the option of With / Without emotion !. Also on the way there will be the option of walking also Dromedarios, Sky-butt and Aquarium (optional). There will be two dune parks in this tour: Furniture and fixed dunes in the latter the look of the Genipabu lagoon stands out, famous for filming soap operas and international advertisements, ending the walk on the beach of Genipabu charming place, the return can be made by the beaches of Sta. Rita and Redinha (at low tide allows traffic through the beach sand)
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $140 › More about this tour at viator.com ›