The 10 Best Things to Do in State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

October 19, 2017 Milan Banda

Rio Grande do Norte (lit. "Great Northern River", in reference to the mouth of the Potenji River, Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɦi.u ˈɡɾɐ̃di du ˈnɔhti̥]) is one of the states of Brazil, located in the northeastern region of the country, occupying the northeasternmost tip of the South American continent. Because of its geographic position, Rio Grande do Norte has a strategic importance. The capital and largest city is Natal. It is the land of the folklorist Luís da Câmara Cascudo and, according to NASA, it has the purest air in the Americas. Its 410 km (254 mi) of sand, much sun, coconut palms and lagoons are responsible for the fame of beaches. Rocas Atoll, the only such feature in the Atlantic Ocean, is part of the state. The main economic activity is tourism, followed by the extraction of petroleum (the second largest producer in the country), agriculture, fruit growing and extraction of minerals, including considerable production of seasalt, among other economic activities. The state is famous for having many popular attractions such as the Maior cajueiro do mundo (world's largest cashew tree), the dunes and the dromedaries of Genipabu, the famous beaches of Ponta Negra, Maracajaú and Pipa's paradise, the Carnatal the largest off-season carnival in Brazil, the Forte dos Reis Magos is a sixteenth-century fortress, the hills and mountains of Martins, the Natal Dunes State Park the second largest urban park in the country, and several other attractions. The state is also closest to the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.

1. Dunas de Genipabu

Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59094-100, Brazil
Excellent
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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. Dolphins Bay

Av. Baía dos Golfinhos, Praia da Pipa, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59178-000, Brazil
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Dolphins Bay

Reviewed By GuimaraPerpetuo - Goiania, GO

It is a beautiful beach and do see dolphins. The main limitation is the tide, you have to make sure you know the time to enjoy it without having to rush back. The dolphins are there swinging near by you without any problem, even though the boat chase them, sometime.

3. Madeiro Beach

Tibau do Sul, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Madeiro Beach

Reviewed By marian_sdj - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Excellent beach, white sand, green water. Very pleasant and quiet place. It is an excellent experience.

4. Barra do Cunhau Beach

Barra do Cunhau, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Barra do Cunhau Beach

Reviewed By Heitor Uchoa B - Rio de Janeiro, RJ

You got it all you want here, from a flat spot to a really good waves spot. The place has a lack of structure when compared to places like Cumbuco and it is not that crowded. i highly recommend this city if you are a kitesurfer and even if you are not, this is a great paradise.

5. Tourinhos Beach

Sao Miguel do Gostoso, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
65%
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28%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tourinhos Beach

Reviewed By Igor A

The tourinhos beach is a wonderful place to be at sea. Far from the city center, it is a good to escape from everything. Commonly the beach is full at the weekends. Most of natives goes there.

6. Lagoa de Carcara

Timbó, Nisia Floresta, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
67%
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24%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lagoa de Carcara

Reviewed By GoodBadUgly1956 - Natal, RN

Beautiful lake but got spoiled by cars playing really load music from their cars parked along the lake ! Really Sad!! Never been back since !

7. Barra de Cunhau

BR 101 South then, after reaching Canguaretama, take RN 269 | Natal: 88 Km, Canguaretama, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59190-000, Brazil
Excellent
61%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Barra de Cunhau

Reviewed By bradinbrazil - Vancouver, WA

Barra de Cunhau is a fabulous village, with great Beaches and terrific weather - at all times! The people were all very friendly. The walks on the beach, to die for! Turtle sanctuary - no fast moving buggys to dodge. Driving in to town, you must take a balsa ( a ferry ) if you are coming in from the north - oh, so charming. The resort - VIP Home of Casa da Estrela, located in the village, is where my wife and I stayed. The absolute luxury, combined with the community - our best and greatest vacation ever. I would reccomend the VIP home, or the village and a pousada, to anyone.
If you have the chance, go - you will not regret it.

8. Sagi Beach

Baia Formosa, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 251 reviews

Sagi Beach

Reviewed By Julia F - Schweiz

Small, charming, quiet village, very friendly and welcoming people, endless Beaches to walk in the mornings and afternoons, possibility for excursions through rivers, small dunes and the mata atlantica.

9. Perobas Beach

Zona Rural, Touros, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59584-000, Brazil
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Perobas Beach

Reviewed By julamparelli - Sao Paulo, SP

We went to this beach to go snorkeling. The boat ride there was fun (since it was shanking and wetting) and it was good for our little cousin, but if you've been snorkeling or diving before, there isn't much to see.
A good place to get luch is Vozinho's restaurant.

10. Genipabu Beach

Genipabu, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
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8%
Poor
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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.

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