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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.

Top Hotels in Natal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Littoral Maximum Flat
Littoral Maximum Flat
3 out of 5
Rua Vereador Manoel Satiro, 248, Ponta Negra, Natal, RN
The price is CA $55 per night

Located in Ponta Negra, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ponta Negra Beach and Morro do Careca. Artesanato Villarte Shops and Craft Fair of Ponta Negra ...

4.2/5Excellent! (81 reviews)
Ok not great but very decent

"The hotel is mire like a time share The service is ok with no personality"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2014

Littoral Maximum Flat
Chalet Suisse
Chalet Suisse
3 out of 5
Rua Luiz Estevam 2272 - Ponta Negra, Natal, RN
The price is CA $33 per night

This family-friendly Natal hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Artesanato Villarte Shops, Ponta Negra Beach and Morro do Careca. Craft Fair ...

4.2/5Very Good! (48 reviews)

"Good location, beautiful chalet with a lot of trees"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2019

Chalet Suisse
Othon Suites Natal
Othon Suites Natal
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Presidente Getúlio Vargas, 788, Petropolis, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte

Located in Petrópolis, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Meio Beach, Artist's Beach, and Handicrafts Fair of Artists Beach/Meio Beach. Dunes Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (163 reviews)

"Excellent stay"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 28, 2019

Othon Suites Natal

Popular places to visit in Natal

Ponta Negra Beach
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Ponta Negra Beach

Gaze up at Natal’s most famous dune on the southern end of this beach. Visit its many stalls, bars and restaurants.

Genipabu Beach
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Genipabu Beach

5/5(1 review)

Storm up and down the steep sand dunes and meander around the palm trees on a rented buggy on this picturesque beach.

Pirangi Beach
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Pirangi Beach

Stroll along the banks of the river that divides these beach sections, swim among colorful fish and encounter an enormous cashew tree.

Top things to do in Natal

Between rivers & sea 4x4 full day tour
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Between rivers & sea 4x4 full day tour

CA $45
Per adult
City Bike Tour (Guided Biking and Hiking Tour of Pipa)
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City Bike Tour (Guided Biking and Hiking Tour of Pipa)

100% of travellers recommend
CA $31
Per adult

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