10 Things to Do in Natal That You Shouldn't Miss

July 22, 2017 Velvet Champine

Gateway to the stunning beaches of Rio Grande do Norte, the city of Natal is perched on Brazil's Atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Potengi River. Escape the bustle at secluded Pipa and Pirangi beaches or live it up at Genipabu and Tibau do Sul. The city is surrounded by Dune State Park. Go on a buggy ride over 30-foot sand dunes or tour the dunes on a dromedary tour. The city is home to the cleanest air on the continent, according to NASA, and also to the world's largest cashew tree.
Restaurants in Natal

1. Dunas de Genipabu

Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59094-100, Brazil
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Dunas de Genipabu

Reviewed By ShorelineGuy - Connecticut

By American standards this was a little scary unless you take a guided tour or tour bus. We drive in our rental car and the areas were scary. The beach was beautiful but there were so many people selling their clothes so on the beach it became annoying.

2. Ponta Negra Beach

Rua Joao Rodrigues de Oliveira, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59090-210, Brazil
Excellent
45%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Ponta Negra Beach

Wonderful Urban Unique Bay Beach of 4 km of fantastic sand , in North Oeste of Brazil. It´s the nearest place to Africa , from the Latin American Continent , Climate Semi - Equatorial , Temperature 21 -33 graus in the four seasons , 300 days of sun in the year , constant wind to attenuete the heat and providing comfortable thermal sensation. Natal is a city with large areas of environmental preservation, without industries, factories, ship movements, helping to make sea water extremely clean. The "Morro do Careca" in the Ponta Negra Beach is a 110 meters high Dune that have behind the natural swimming pool without waves with a pleasant temperature (28 degrees) , a paradise for family with children , people that search Life Quality , here can make Stand Up , Swim in the Sea with group , can also see constantly dolphins or turtles. High quality Lodging and Food in quantity , culture , handcraft , every kind service for the tourist. Ponta Negra is one of the best beach in the world.

Reviewed By NeliTerra - Natal, RN

If you want enjoy Ponta Negra Beach beauties, you better go very early. So you can rent a stand up paddle board to interact with dolphins or you can just enjoy the stunning view. It's an unforgettable experience! And if you are hungry, you can...MoreAlso little and big turtles , sometimes Peixe Boi , Monkey and many kinds of birds in the Mata Atlantica of Morro do Careca , Don t understand the four stars , for the Restaurants?

3. Dunas Park

Av. Alexandrino de Alencar | Tirol, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59015-350, Brazil 84-99975-0194
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Dunas Park

Hikers up for a challenge will enjoy winding their way through the dunes at this nine-mile-long park.

Reviewed By Caroline M - Washington DC, District of Columbia

One of the highlights of my Brazilian adventure. Do not miss out on this fantastic adventure. It takes a day, so its best to start early and plan accordingly. There are a few different stops on the adventure that include ziplining and water slide ("kamakzie") along with several photo ops. There is also a place to swim and have lunch. There are several companies that you can rent the buggy from and all seem to be around the same price. One buggy fits four people.

4. Camurupim Beach

Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Camurupim Beach

Reviewed By rrporto - Curitiba, PR

There is a big reef in front of it, so it does not allow water to fill the beach on low tides, so there will only be some puddles (ideal for small kids like mine) … when high tides are coming the waves start to go over that reef the actually fill the beach with water … it is very interesting.

5. Barra de Tabatinga beach

Nizia Floresta, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59092-040, Brazil
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Barra de Tabatinga beach

Reviewed By Sergio D - Valinhos, SP

The view is very beautiful from the top of the clif, but in fact we were not able to go down to the actual beach. From the top we could spot one or two dolphins in the bay.

6. Lake Jacuma

Jacuma, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil 4230351923
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Lake Jacuma

Renowned by the 'aero bunda' slide

Reviewed By Marijan W - Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Very relaxed and clean!! Not bothered by vendors!! The water is clear and not salted, after all this time with seawater,... a great delight!

7. Genipabu Beach

Genipabu, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Genipabu Beach

Reviewed By Heitor Uchoa B - Rio de Janeiro, RJ

I was there for a afternoon of kitesurfing and Surfing wind was blowing fine and it was possible to do both Surfing and kite Surfing. Waves were small but fun. There was some restaurants by the dune that i had some food and lunch. Worth a visit for sure. Even if the focus is not sports.

8. Arena das Dunas

Avenida Prudente de Morais 5121, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59064-625, Brazil +55 84 3673 6800
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Arena das Dunas

Built in about two and a half years, the Arena das Dunas was given to Natal population on December 31, 2013, and had its inaugural football match on January 26, 2014, with a double round of America (RN) and Confiança (SE) by the Nordeste Cup and ABC (RN) x Alecrim (RN) by the Potiguar Championship. Stage four games of the FIFA World Cup in June 2014, received more than 158,000 fans during the days of the event. Especially the duel between world champions Italy and Uruguay. It was the 3rd best rated among the World Cup arenas by the Portal UOL research addressing items such as food, access, volunteers, mobile operation, safety and cleanliness / comfort. In January 2016, it was classified by the Brazilian System Stadiums Classification (Sisbrace) as the best arena in the Brasil, being the only stadium to receive top marks on all counts. Two electronic screens of 60m² each, sound system and modern ticketing, parking with internal and external spaces, 25 areas for the sale of food and beverages, VIP and VVIP room with exclusive Seating, hospitality lounges and an outdoor plaza area with 22.000m² perfectly inserted in one of the best and most central districts in Natal. With capacity for 31,375 spectators (during the World Cup were approximately 42,000 seats, thanks to the installation of mobile stands), the arena was designed to receive not only sporting events, but also from small private or corporate events, until big shows and national and international meetings.

Reviewed By ORD-TGU - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Being a huge futbol fan, I came to this stadium for the world cup, not only once, but twice! This place is world class. Since it was so busy, we had to be dropped off away from stadium and walked 15 minutes, but it was ok. Security & ticket collection were efficient.
Once inside, I felt the greatness of this stadium. New & Modern, clean, well designed. A true temple of the best sport in the world.
I had very nice seats and got to see the USA team warm up. Priceless! I am happy that the people of Natal now have such a beauty to enjoy!

9. Midway Mall

Av. Bernardo Vieira, 3775 | Tirol, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil 8440063424
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Midway Mall

Reviewed By Rafael P

This is the biggest mall in the city. It's not that big, but the food court has always seats available. That makes this place a good option for those who dont know where to go to eat. I need to add: the air conditioner always keeps a nice temperature there.

10. Genipabu Beach

Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Genipabu Beach

Reviewed By Lpinto - Brazil

Please do not get me wrong: the place is beautiful. But - to my liking - completely spoiled by occupation. There is almost no beach space - everything is taken by thousands of plastic tables and chairs, and bars, and rustic restaurants, and parking lots. The dunes are dominated by buggys which would charge you US$ 50-100 (R$150-300) for 30-40 minutes up and down the sand. And the lagoon is dry. There is no real contact with nature any more. Unfortunately, because the place is - again - beautiful.
If you like nature, dunes and sea go north - maybe to Galos/Galinhos. Still unspoiled

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