PONTA NEGRA - Without doubt,...
PONTA NEGRA -
Without doubt, Ponta Negra beach and its majestic “Morro do Careca”, one of the postcard attracions of the city, is the best option for those who want to take advantage of the sea and the numerous sea-front bars and restaurants. Ponta Negra has a pavement (3km) joining the “Via Costeira”to the “Morro do Careca”. Ponta Negra is today, the biggest hotel and gastronomic centre in the city. There are hotels, “pousadas” (cheap hotels) and restaurants.
Besides Ponta Negra, the other beaches in the urban area are “Artistas”, “Meio” and “Forte”.
You must try this good brazilian drink when visiting Brazil!
It is sold everywhere and it is very cheap (about 50 cent - 1 Euro/$) CAIPIRINHA
1 lime quartered
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 shot of cachaça
1/2 Cup of ice cubes with water
Place the lime and sugar in the bottom of a glass.
Using the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash
the limes. Pour the liqueur and ice. Stir well.
This is a summer drink to appreciate before eating.
Decorate the glass with a slice of lime.
Lagoon of Arituba - Freshwater lake
When you travel to Pipa or south from Natal, stop for a while to Lagoon of Arituba. There's a restaurant, water is fresh and there are no waves which hedges your swimming in the ocean.
The only minus to this place is that the sand is so hot that you need some kind of slippers to your feet.
5 Days in Natal
Day 1: The Dunes of Genipabu, Barra do Rio, Gracandu and Pitangui.
Bombing around the beaches of Rio Grande do Norte in a buggy is somewhat of a local passion and has been a staple activity for tourists for the last tem years.
These beachs are great places to head out for a buggy ride and offers the unique opportunity to take a camel ride along the dunes. From Genipabu to the Lagoa de Jucuma and Lagoa de Pitangui to partake in a little aerobunda. Aerobunda is the latest craze and involves whizzing down a stupidly long and high aerial sideway into the sea.
Day 2: See the Capital in all its glory
In the centre of town, which I promise not to ever describe again as the world's worst urban disaster (the kind people at the tourist office threatened to knee cap me if I bad mouthed their city again) you can check out the tourist centre, the museum, the theatre, the church and the infamous Dutch fort.
From there, and if you don't need a lay down after all this excitement, you can head off by taxi or bus to Ponta Negra for lunch. I am absolutely forbidden, by the knee-capping tourist agency, to describe the city as "a sad little beach town, no more than a strip of sunshades on the beach, some places to eat and some pousadas. A 50m high sand dune, fenced off less anyone should try to have some fun and climb it, looms over the far end of town. It feels like a border town." So I wont.
There are actually some pretty good places to eat along there but they tend to keep weird opening times - you really have to follow the program and eat when the Brazilians eat which is normally about 12-2pm (or 11.30 - 4.15 at my university).
After downing a few cold ones whilst watching the sun set you can head off to the town's top folkloric show (folkloric do Zas Tras) which, Round the night off with a few beers in one of the local clubs
Day 3: Go North Young Man!
Rent a buggy for the day, preferably with a driver, and spend the day pretending you are Magnum PI by speeding along the deserted northern beaches. Some places of beauty to check out on the way include; Muriu, Pititinga, Maracajau and more.
Day 4: A Day in the South
After filling up with the typically healthy Brazilian breakfast of cake, coffee, fruit and cold meat, head off to Pirangi.
In one town there is a market and as the bus arrives it blows up clouds of dust. The stall holders must spend hours each day wiping the dust from their fruit. Each stall has bananas, pineapples and some graviolas. Hung on hooks as they are they look like a sculpture in fruit of the Brazilian flag."
Not only is the ride beautiful but you can visit, and this is truly something awesome, the world's largest cashew tree which has an area of 8400m2 and produces some 100,000 fruits a year. He is most definitely not impressed."
From there you can take a scenic boat trip, out onto the calm waters. Take plenty of film and lots of suncream. After a few cold beers, head on over to Pipa where the nightlife doesn't really get going till the witching hour.
Day 5: Pipa and Praia do Amor
Some 80kms away from Natal is the famous beach of Pipa (avoid during carnival or new year as it will be packed to bursting with beered-up locals), where at times you can believe that you have found somewhere a little bit special. Spend the day tanning on the beach before joining the happy throngs to watch the sun set from the top of on of the local dunes. Spruce yourself up and head on out to sample some of Pipa's infamous nightlife.