North Coast

The North Coast of Rio Grande do Norte is known for its stunning landscapes, paradisiacal beaches, sand dunes and rich cultural heritage.

This region offers a variety of activities and attractions for all types of holidaymakers, from those seeking relaxation to the adventurous.

Main destinations and tourist attractions on the north coast of Rio Grande do Norte

Main Destinations and Attractions

Genipabu

  • Dunas de Genipabu: The mobile dunes of Genipabu are one of the state’s most famous attractions. Buggy rides through the dunes are not to be missed and can include thrilling ‘esquibunda’ (dune descent on a board) and ‘aerobunda’ (zip line over the dunes) rides.
  • Lagoa de Genipabu: A peaceful spot ideal for relaxing after the adrenaline rush of the dunes. You can swim and enjoy typical food in the surrounding bars.

Touros

  • Calcanhar Lighthouse: The largest lighthouse in Latin America, it offers an incredible panoramic view of the region. It’s a great spot for photographs and to learn a little about the history of local navigation.
  • Beaches: Touros has several quiet and almost untouched beaches, ideal for those seeking peace and quiet and contact with nature.

São Miguel do Gostoso

  • Beaches: Known for its beaches with calm waters and constant winds, São Miguel do Gostoso is a paradise for kitesurfers and windsurfers. The most popular beaches include Praia de Tourinhos and Praia do Maceió.
  • Nightlife: The town has a vibrant nightlife with bars and restaurants offering live music and a variety of local dishes.

Maracajaú

  • Parrachos de Maracajaú: Known as the ‘Brazilian Caribbean’, this is one of the best places for snorkelling and diving in Brazil, thanks to its coral reefs and crystal-clear waters.
  • Snorkelling and Diving: Several local operators offer boat trips to the reefs, where visitors can explore the rich and colourful marine life.

Galinhos

  • Galinhos Peninsula: Accessible only by boat or 4×4 vehicles, Galinhos offers a quiet and secluded setting, ideal for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. The beaches are deserted and the village is charming with its sandy streets.
  • Buggy and Boat Trips: Trips around the region include visits to salt pans, dunes and mangroves.

Activities and Experiences

Buggy rides

  • In addition to Genipabu, many other beaches on the North Coast offer exciting buggy rides, allowing visitors to explore dunes and beaches in a fun and safe way.

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

  • São Miguel do Gostoso is one of the best places in Brazil for kitesurfing and windsurfing, thanks to its constant winds and calm waters.

Gastronomy

  • The north coast is rich in gastronomic options that include fresh seafood, traditional Northeastern dishes and a variety of international dishes. Restaurants on the seafront offer a memorable culinary experience with spectacular views.

Marine Life Observation

  • In addition to snorkelling in Maracajaú, several other beaches offer excellent opportunities for spotting sea turtles, dolphins and other marine species.

Tips for Visitors

Best Time to Visit

  • The best time to visit the North Coast of Rio Grande do Norte is during the dry season, from September to March, when the climate is more stable and there is less rainfall.

Transport

  • Most visitors arrive via Natal International Airport (Governador Aluízio Alves Airport) and, from there, hire a car or use transfer services to explore the region.

Accommodation

  • There is a wide range of accommodation options, from budget inns to luxury resorts. It is recommended to book in advance, especially during the high season.

Conclusion

The North Coast of Rio Grande do Norte is an unmissable destination for those seeking beautiful landscapes, paradisiacal beaches and a rich variety of activities.

With its thrilling dunes, tranquil beaches and crystal-clear waters, the region offers something for all types of travellers.

Whether exploring the dunes of Genipabu, snorkelling in the reefs of Maracajaú or relaxing on the beaches of São Miguel do Gostoso, visitors are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.

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