Ponta Negra is widely considered the best stretch of sand in Natal and one of the best urban beaches in Northeastern Brazil. Most city sightseeing tours of Natal will include a stop at the beach, as well as other notable points of interest, like Forte dos Reis Magos and the historic city center. For a spectacular bird’s eye view of the beach and surrounding sand dunes, opt for a parasailing flight; sea turtle and dolphin sightings are not uncommon. The consistent and small waves on the beach are excellent for beginner surfers.
Things to know before you go
- Ponta Negra is a must-see for beach lovers and first-time visitors to Natal.
- Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, beach towel, and sun protection.
- Water temperatures remain around 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celcius) throughout the year.
How to get there
To get to Ponta Negra, catch a taxi or bus marked “Ponta Negra” from along the Via Costeira south of Natal.
When to get there
Natal’s equatorial climate means plenty of sunshine and beach-worthy temperatures throughout the year. The rainy season goes from mid-February to mid-August, but showers rarely last a whole day.
Morro da Careca
Stroll to the south end of Ponta Negra and you’ll see the imposing Morro da Careca (Bald Hill), a towering sand dune with a steep face plummeting into the sea. These days, its sandy slopes can only be appreciated from the beach to protect the dune from erosion and potential damage to the surrounding rainforest.
- Morro do Careca
- Via Costeira (Avenida Senador Dinarte Mariz)
- Parque de las Dunas (Parque das Dunas)
- Anacardo de Pirangi (Cajueiro de Pirangi)
- Laguna Pitangui (Lagoa de Pitangui)
- Fuerte de los Magos (Forte dos Reis Magos)
- Catedral Metropolitana de Natal (Catedral Metropolitana de Natal)
- Playa de Pirangi (Praia de Pirangi)
- Playa de Jacuma (Praia de Jacuma)
- Playa de Cacimbinhas
- Playa de Pipa (Praia da Pipa)
- Barra do Cunhaú
- Parque Manoa
- Arrecife Maracajaú (Parrachos de Maracajaú)