Fondest memory: Natal was earlier a charter destination for foreign tourists. But Brazil has become too expensive in earlier years because of fixed exchange rates. Check the price level before you leave. It may have been cheaper when you read this.
Beautiful, safe, great beaches and a wonderful blue sky. So is Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte State in Brazil.
Don´t expect to find out big or famous museums or even a hot night life in Natal. The better to do is to enjoy the wonderful scenerie of blue and deep green waters of its beaches surrounded for huge and white dunes. Once there you can go on a beach buggy safari in the sand dunes with many fresh water lagoons, horseriding, visiting small markets, handcraft stores or even took along to a football match. There are a big variety of accommodation from top resorts to small familiar inns with uncomparable prices if the reference are the similar in europe or north america.
The food is excellet and cheap. Plenty of choice specially around Ponta Negra beach where are most hotels and hostels in town.
People are very friendly and many speak or at least try to speak english or spanish. Maybe that´s the reason why so many strangers now live in Natal.
The temperature runns between 18 to 32 º C all year round and after a busy day up and down visiting so many beaches is time to enjoy some of its dozens good restaurants with all kind of food but speciality the ones with fish or sea foods.
Fondest memory: The seafoods and the warm water all the time, even at night.
Make contact with the boys of www.brazil4ever.com. These dutch guys will show you everything that is interesting for low prices.
Their job is based on a great love for Brasil.
Fondest memory: our lunch with the locals on the Pipa-trip with brazil4ever.com was exciting!
t's a must t make contact with the boys of www.brazil4ever.com ! They showed us everything for low prices. As a matter a fact these are dutch guys, that live for many years in Natal and do their job with love for Brasil.
Fondest memory: my almoço (lunch) with the locals on our Pipatrip with brazil4ever.com.
Brazil offers a number of banks, unfortunately not all accept international cards. In a number of cases I was not able to draw money at all, even though the bank should have accepted the card or the ATM was simply broken.
If you arrive in Brazil during carnival you will find all banks closed and hardly any foreign exchanges open. What makes matters worse that some shops during this time do not accept foreign currency.
This was my experience during carnival 2007 where I could not get Brazilian currency and could at some points not pay, even in tourist shops!!
Don't be surprised if you wake up at five in the morning thinking that somebody turned all the lights on. This place at the very north east point of Brasil, really deserves its name "A cidade do sol" (a city of sun).
is also famous for its sand dunes and marvelous beaches. The most famous one is Genipabu where, when stopping on a buggy ride, you get a mouthfull pineapple with your choice of alcohol and native choice of other ingredients.
If you walk through Ponta Negra district you will see lot's of beautiful houses or villas with even more beautiful gardens full of exotical flowers, all strictly closed by huge walls. That's common for everywhere in Brazil, 'cause the crime there...
but it is a pitty for tourists who want to see those houses!
I wish I could have ahouse in Natal, that would be very nice!
There are a lot of sunchair and umbrella hires. It is very wise to hire an umbrella as the sun is very strong.
BUT!!......do ask before how much they will charge you for a day for hire it. We heard about people who didn´t ask before, and get a small chock when they should pay after a day.
There are a lot of small lakes just near the sea. If you get tired of saltwater, just go one of the lakes for a day and swim in sweetwater instead. It was very good!
For information about the lakes, ask at your local hotel.
The walk that is just beside of the beach in Ponta Negra is just a few years old and several km long.
If you dont want to walk in the sand you can walk here and just go down on the beach where you want.
This is the old Portugese fort and prison.
It is one of the few "memories" that are left from the portugese colonisitation of Brazil in Natal.
There are guided tours if you want to have a look inside and hear a bit of history.
A beach buggy tour
Fondest memory: If you go to Natal you MUST take a day and try the beach buggy. There are licensed drivers who drives you througt the big sanddunes north of Natal....you will never forget this trip!
For more details on the buggytour, se travelouge.
Favorite thing: You dont have to bring much clothes here. The temperature is the same all year around, and on the beach....yeah thats is where the brazilians spend their time....it seems you dont have to be "overdressed".....
Si estás en Natal es imprescindible realizar las excursiones de sus alrededores, tanto el Litoral Sur (Tibau, Pipa, Baía Formosa, Tabatinga, etc etc) como el Litoral Norte (Maracajaú, Genipabu, Pititinga, etc etc).
Fondest memory: Los atardeceres en Ponta Negra (a 13km de Natal) al lado del Morro de Careca son imperdibles....
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”.