Barra de Camaratuba is one of the last wild beaches in the northeast

Camaratuba Bar PB
Camaratuba Bar PB

Barra de Camaratuba is the wildest version of Paraíba.

Barra de Camaratuba map in Paraíba
Barra de Camaratuba map in Paraíba

Located in the municipality of Mataraca, 110 km from João Pessoa and very close to the limit with the Rio Grande do Norte, this fishing village is considered the last district on the north coast of the state and boasts attractions such as beaches with a strip of sand that marks the limits between the sea and the river, walks through lagoons, trails inside a mangrove swamp and visits to indigenous communities.

The beach, which has high and “brava” tide, is known for having one of the best spots for surfing and kite surfing in Paraiba. The site has hosted several national sports championships and offers classes to visitors.

Meeting of the river with the sea in Barra de Camaratuba, in Mataraca in PB
Meeting of the river with the sea in Barra de Camaratuba, in Mataraca in PB

Camaratuba has discreetly entered the list of unusual destinations on the coast of Paraíba and has as one of its best known activities the Crab Trail, a 40-minute walk through the interior of the local mangrove that takes the visitor to know the habitat of the uçá crab in a project headed by a local NGO dedicated to the preservation of this typical crustacean of the region.

The trail starts innocently enough in a shallow, sandy arm of a mangrove swamp, whose backdrop of dense forest and gnarled tree trunks swallowed by the dark waters ensure the surreal tone of the tour into the mangrove.

Uçá Crab
Uçá Crab

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In those narrow channels, the visitor only discovers the next landscape on the next curve, when the tide level has already reached the visitor's waist.

The traveler then follows the trail over spaghetti-shaped buoys that will serve as a floating support until the end of the tour.

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While those colorful pieces float between the visitors' legs and arms serve as direction, the soul goes as far as that tangled mess of gnarled roots.

Barra de Camaratuba in Paraíba
Camaratuba Bar

The script soon changes scenery and, further on, the mangrove swamp opens up between the wide margins of the Camaratuba river, where the river journey continues to Boca da Barra, a strip of sand that separates the river from the sea.

On the way, you can stop at a small indigenous community that lives on the banks of the river and receives visitors with handicrafts and a few examples of their vegetable fiber homes.

This is one of the twenty-four villages that make up the reserve of potiguara indians, a preserved area with twelve thousand Indians who live along 14 km of beaches.

Barra de Camaratuba in Paraíba
Camaratuba Bar

Camaratuba Bar It is home to one of the last beaches in the wild in the entire northeast of Brazil, and its wide stretches of sand are another local attraction.

Crossings between the sea and the river can be made in wooden boats driven by the Indians themselves.

The beaches in the region only invite for bathing at low tide, but are used for surfing and kitesurfing due to the intense winds that arrive there between March and October.

For the ecological spirits, but not willing to go into mangroves or swim in rough seas, Camaratuba also has trails through the forest to the beautiful Lagoa Encantada.

This lake, nicknamed by the local Indians, is formed by a spring of crystal clear water and can be visited from two trails: the one that follows the deserted cliffs beach (4 km long) or the walk through the forest, a walk with little more than three kilometers long.

Whether on the mangrove or the coast, the visitor will be guaranteed to visit a region that has not yet been invaded by the popularization of mass tourism that has changed the calm of the northeast coast in recent decades.

Certain experiences in Paraíba are accompanied by silence orchestrated by wild nature that welcomes more adventurous travelers in the far north of the coast of Paraíba.

Municipality of Camaratuba

Those who visit the city should not miss the Igreja Matriz do Bom Jesus, take a walk along the Camaratuba River, take a bath in Lagoa Encantada (a mirror of crystal clear water surrounded by mangaba trees) and visit the Caranguejo Uçá Ecological Park (project by the municipality with the Federal University of Paraíba, Municipal, State and Federal Governments and private initiative).

You can't miss one of the most beautiful beaches on the north coast of Paraíba, Barra de Camaratuba. Approximately 11 km from the city, it has cozy inns and an idyllic landscape, as well as a wonderful bath at the mouth of the Camaratuba River.


Mataraca's history has always been linked to Mamanguape. It all started with the installation of the Mataraca site.

Rich in the production of sugarcane and cotton, the region participated in the heyday of Mamanguape, when it was the center of commercial attention in Paraíba.

The first chapel was built with money raised by a missionary nun, who settled in the same place where the Mother Church is today.

Among the popular manifestations are the feast of the Patron Saint Bom Jesus, which is celebrated with nine festive nights, from the 23rd to the 31st of December, taking thousands of faithful to the streets, and the traditional feast of São Sebastião, which takes place during the January. On June 17, political emancipation is celebrated.

Barra de Camaratuba in Paraíba Tourism and Travel Guide

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