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Natal
Travel Guide

Cotovelo Beach which includes 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.

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 CA $104 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28

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! (898 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
4 out of 5
Via Costeira, 5525, Natal, RN
The price is CA $122 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (122 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

Wish Natal
eSuites Vila Do Mar
eSuites Vila Do Mar
4 out of 5
Via Costeira, 4233 - Parque das Dunas, Natal, RN
The price is CA $84 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20

Located in Via Costeira, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Craft Fair of Ponta Negra, and 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Handicrafts Fair ...

3.8/5Good! (699 reviews)

"The facility it’s to old and the food It’s the same every day and I found the Cucaracha is my room😏"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2020

eSuites Vila Do Mar
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.
Apart Hotel Casa Grande
Apart Hotel Casa Grande
3 out of 5
Rua Pedro Fonseca Filho, no 3050, Ponta Negra, Natal, RN
The price is CA $29 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in Ponta Negra, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Artesanato Villarte Shops, Ponta Negra Beach, and Morro do Careca. Craft Fair of Ponta Negra ...

4.2/5Very Good! (35 reviews)
Muito agradável

"A estadia foi bem agradável. Pessoal muito atenciosos e receptivos, a começar pelo Sr. Érico, gerente do hotel até o pessoal da recepção, cozinha e camareiras."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2021

Apart Hotel Casa Grande
Oxente Travel
Oxente Travel
3 out of 5
Augusto Severo Neto, 50, Natal, RN
The price is CA $27 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Ponta Negra, this beach aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frasqueirao Stadium, Ponta Negra Beach, and Morro do Careca. Artesanato Villarte Shops ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Hotel with hammocks

"Management made the stay an Island home away from home with a kitchen. Don't let the vacant lots and distance from other guest houses discourage you from staying there. Beautiful place. The daily walk to the beach was not too far and UBER shows up in minutes or less. Definitely clean and secure. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2019

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Coral Plaza Apart Hotel
Coral Plaza Apart Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Francisco Gurgel, 9005, Ponta Negra, Natal, RN
The price is CA $74 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Located in Ponta Negra, this beachfront aparthotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Artesanato Villarte Shops, Ponta Negra Beach, and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (240 reviews)

"Hotel was updated, clean, great views and location I would recommend"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

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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