North Coast

The north coast of Rio Grande do Norte is a sequence of villages inhabited by fishermen, always bordered by semi-deserted beaches, with dunes, cliffs and calm waters.

Genipabu: the most famous beach of the North Coast has its dunes up to 30 metres high internationally known as a postcard of Natal.


Genipabu is an obligatory stop for those who want to know the natural beauties of the Region and is well structured to serve the tourist, offering several options for leisure and shopping.

By buggy, the best view is of the Genipabu Lagoon, a freshwater lake surrounded by immense dunes.

The beach is also known for the dromedary ride that starts from the top of the central dunes and for the extreme sports practised on site, such as para-buggy (parachute pulled by buggy and the original esquibunda (wooden board imitating a ski that slides over the dunes to the seashore).

Barra do Rio

A small beach cut by the Ceará-Mirim River and offers a charming ferry crossing that leads to the continuation of the buggy ride along the North Coast.


Is also a typical holiday beach for Natal residents and still retains its original features, with fishing villages all along the region.

The tranquillity of Graçandu is ideal for those looking for a more romantic and isolated accommodation itinerary.

This beach is also ideal for extreme sports such as jet-skiing.


Very busy in the summer, Pitangui has one of the most popular carnivals of the North Coast.

The beach has a well-developed property market and a reasonable urban concentration for the average of the region.

The place is also home to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the state, Lagoa de Pitangui, a mandatory stop for buggies and which offers, among other attractions, the aerial cable jump (vertical dive hoisted by cable from the centre of the lagoon).

The lagoon is ideal for a family programme and has excellent infrastructure and services.


Also a holiday option for families from Natal. The beach offers a calm sea with few waves and without much agitation.

The attraction of the place is due to the Jacumã Lagoon, where you can practice the fun esquibunda and aerobunda.

Muriú: offers the visitor tranquillity, shade of coconut trees and fresh water and is ideal for a weekend with the family.

The natural pool, known as “buraco da velha” is one of the attractions, but the beach also offers jet-ski and banana boat rides.

Barra de Maxaranguape

Located in the municipality of Maxaranguape, the beach is bathed by the river of the same name.

The place offers a picturesque setting, framed by the simple life of the local community.

The bar has a lively carnival, but outside this time is calm all year round, being a popular place for tourists and Natal for the summer.

Cabo de São Roque

Access is by ferry, departing from Barra de Maxaranguape. Cabo de São Roque is known as the true “corner of Brazil”, as it is the closest point to the African continent.

The beach is worth a visit for its natural beauty and unforgettable images such as the São Roque Lighthouse and the “Tree of Love”.

Ponta Gorda

It is the extension of Praia do Cabo and those who follow the edge by buggy can enjoy the immense coconut trees and cliffs. The place is almost deserted and offers a marvellous view of the coast.


Still retains the characteristics of a fishing village. The pools formed by corals are worth a stop for a peaceful swim.


Has become an attraction for tourists because it offers the famous parrachos, natural pools in the middle of the ocean, formed by the reefs and which can be visited by boat during low tide.

The beach already offers greater infrastructure for bathers and it is located the largest water park in the region.


Has the charm of a fishing village, with dozens of coconut trees by the sea.

A small lighthouse in the middle of the sea and the carcass of an old ship are unforgettable images of the place. The beach is also very popular with surfers.

Punaú: this is a special corner of the North Coast.

The meeting of the Punaú River, of dark waters, the sea and immense white dunes is unique.

The place is a stopping point for buggy rides and offers a good leisure infrastructure. Punaú is perfect for a romantic weekend in the chalets between the river and the sea.


Is an isolated beach on the North Coast, little visited except by families from Natal during the summer. The beach still offers a wild beauty, with immense coconut trees.


Also practically a fishing village, Perobas has a coastline almost untouched by tourist exploitation.

For those who like more adventure and contact with the local people, it is possible to rent common fishermen’s houses, negotiated on the spot, and experience for a few days the simple life of the local people.

Rio do Fogo

The municipality of Rio do Fogo on the North Coast has almost 10,000 inhabitants, but despite the town having grown up around the coast, the seafront remains quiet, being visited by locals and Natalians in the summer period.


The municipality of Touros on the north coast of Rio Grande do Norte is a major centre of development in the region. It is home to the largest lighthouse in Latin America, the Calcanhar lighthouse, and the picturesque Church of Bom Jesus dos Navegantes, built in 1800.

It was on Touros beach that the Marco, known as the Marco de Touros, the oldest attestation of possession by the Portuguese over the Brazilian colony, landed in August 1501. The town is also home to kilometre zero of the BR 101, the highway that cuts across Brazil to Rio Grande do Sul, marked by the portico designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.


at the tip of the heel is the largest lighthouse in Latin America and second largest in the world, with more than 70 metres high. The lighthouse is open to public visitation daily from 9am to 11am.


Cajueiro beach is another quiet corner of the coast, and is little frequented by tourists. The place is a spawning point for sea turtles, an endangered animal.

Ponta de Santo Cristo

Ponta de Santo Cristo is still a fishing village, with an open sea beach and almost deserted. Ideal for resting, it is sought after by families from Natal during the summer.

From October to February: ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

São Miguel do Gostoso

The municipality of Gostoso on the North Coast has gained prominence for the curious name given to the town and the beach. São Miguel has been developing rapidly and the strong winds make it a popular spot for kite-surfers and windsurfers.

The beach is beginning to offer some infrastructure for its visitors and is very popular throughout the high season.

Reduto: as the name implies, it is a small and quiet beach, at the northern end of the North-Riograndense coast. Not much visited by tourists.


Worth a visit, for its almost untouched natural beauty and for the beach with calm sea and white sands.

On the border with the state of Ceará is Marco beach.

It was there that the Marco de Touros landed and the place remains practically as it was 500 years ago, when the continent was discovered. The preserved place is a journey back in time. It is a quiet beach, little visited by tourists.


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