Natal Travel Guide

  • Natal
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  • NOT THE ONLY ONE IN TOWN !!
    NOT THE ONLY ONE IN TOWN !!
    by HianChua
  • ITS WORTH THE PAIN SOMETIMES!!!
    ITS WORTH THE PAIN SOMETIMES!!!
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Natal Highlights

  • Pro
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    madvex says…

     Beautiful weather, beaches, people - SUPER CHEAP! 

  • Con
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    randychiara says…

     don't go if u suffer from heart attacks! 

  • In a nutshell
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     pure nature, unspoiled 

Natal Things to Do

  • Fortaleza Dos Reis Magos

    The Fortaleza (fort) here was built by the Dutch in 1598. it;s located just north of the Praia Do Meio on the way to Genipabu and for R$2 (less than 1$ US) you get a guided tour.Like most tours in Brazil, you must speak Portuguese to understand what's being said.. but if you're here, you probably speak the language anyway. If you don't want a...

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  • Genipabu

    North of the Fortaleza, you must place your car on a balsa (boat) for 6R$ to cross the inlet. The boat holds about 30 cars and comes every 20 minutes. While you wait there is a shop where you can get another beer (always need beer) and wait for the boat to arrive.After crossing the Inlet you arrive in a small fising village (eat here for a real...

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  • Fresh water lake in North

    Sorry, I don't exactly remember where this fantastic place is, cause I had no map and our driver (Washington) spoke brenglish. It is north from Natal, probably in Genipabu area. But surely the drivers take you there if you direct to north.The place is very cool, of course they serve beer and caipirinhas here. Avoid sand with bare foot, it's...

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Natal Hotels

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Natal Restaurants

  • The best looking drink

    Take any better restaurant and ask for Hula Hula. It's made of coconut milk, rhum and is served in decoreted Ananas. I tried to find the recipe of Hula Hula, but no success. If you find it, please send it to me, I add the information here. But be carefull, there are Gin-Orange based recipes, and that's not the Brasilian Hula-Hula, I think.After...

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  • Probably not the best in Town

    This is something I passed when roaming in the areas. You can find this kind of one-man-one-drink restaurants every now and then, but this is not a recommendation to use them. I might made a mistake, probably next time I have one. If you are brave enought, take a drink or two!

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  • Pizzas with self service appetizer

    Fast food pizzeria in downtown. Self service appetizer table and pizzas varies from small to extra large. Medium is quite suitable for normal hunger. And of course you can take the rest with you in doggy bag. Try for example Frango catupiri or camarao catupiri.

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Natal Nightlife

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  • Swimming in the moonlight

    Try this one, if you are lucky (having the moonlight). On full moon take your swimming suit and feel the warmth of the nightly weather and the see.You just love it! Swimming suit or, if dark enough, socks only!

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  • Regional Music

    Traditional night house where one can dance, listen and see regional music singers as well as groups of folklore dance. This unforgettable house presents the best of northeast rythym like: frevo, samba e carimbó.

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  • Nighttime parties

    In the main street of Pipa there's lot of pubs where you can go and warm up for the late parties... after 3am everyone goes to some parties at the nightclub or at any hotel, but there's always parties! Often, there's a party where they only dance forró, a brazilian dance which guys and girls dance close...don't worry if you don't know how to dance...

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Natal Transportation

  • Taxi Meters - Don't Let em Use it!

    Taxis are abundant in Natal so you'll never have to worry about finding one. What you will need to worry about is price. As with anything else in Brazil, price is negotiable - so NEGOTIATE!Before you get in the taxi, ask the driver how much to go to ___________? Don't like the price? Then get a different taxi, or let the driver know what you're...

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  • Ferry - Samba boys

    Close to Pipa, you find this nice samba ferry. It crosses a long laguun and there can be some young boys having fun with drums and other players, as you can see on the upper deck.Don't give them money, they should be in school, but sambaing is easy-money to them. Remember that average salary f.e. in restaurant workers is some low against our...

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  • Ferry - One man band

    This is a must in Natal. When going to Genibabu beach with a beach buggy you must not miss this adventure. Ferrymen take you to other side of this laguun. Only trap is the photographers who takes a snapshop of you journey and try to sell it to you when you are goming back. Price was some 5 reals if I remember correctly.

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Natal Shopping

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  • Pirangi - Crab market

    Besides the fruits you can find some grab sellers. I didn't ask the price but think they are cheap (as standard in market place, 1 R$ each sounds good).

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  • Pirangi - Fruit Market

    Take what ever you want and the price is one real. We tasted many such fruits never seen before and after!

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  • Shopping on the Beach

    This you are doing at your own risk. There are a lot of different kind of sellers who delivers to you trinkets, kite, drinks, fast food, hats and of course sunglasses and sun creams.Fortunately they a not pushy ones, if you just say no or shook your head they selects the next victim.Reasonable prices, you can think about the quality on that...

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Natal Local Customs

  • Tipping

    Here in the US, tipping is a customary 15 to 20% of your total bill and is not included unless you have 6 to 8 or more in your party. In Brazil, 10% tip is always included in your bill and you're not expected to leave any more. If you do - well, you'll make great friends of all the wait staff!! But, you really don't need to. Brazilians NEVER leave...

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  • Don't Touch Your Food or Burp

    Being an American, we eat everything with our hands and have no trouble with it. Basically because we wash our hands all the time and especially before we eat.Brazilains, however, don't touch their food. They'll eat pizza with a knife and fork, and routinely hold sandwiches with a napkin or wax paper so their fingers never touch the food itself....

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  • Getting Someone's Attention

    To get someone's attention in Brazil it is customary to whistle or if you can't whistle, to make a noise something like you're calling a cat and saying "phew" at the end... Kind of hard to explain.. but you'll see and hear it right away. i.e. "pppssssshhhhheewwww".Also, saying "AAAAAAAyy" is common for the same purpose.These are true for both local...

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Natal Warnings and Dangers

  • Ponta Negra Beach Beggars

    The Ponta Negra beach strip area has alot of beggars who are there ALL the time. They will ask you for some cash every time they see you. Some are very persistent and will follow you for blocks if you refuse to give them any money.We found none to be dangerous and some of the kids are actually decent and honest and will help you by getting you...

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  • Ponta Negra Beach - Dangerous or not?

    We spend two weeks in Ponta Negra. I walked on the beach tree times a day and I did not see any beggars of theefs. This is not a promise but when you are not alone it's always more safe.Of course there are a lot of what ever sellers (glasses, jewelry, Ronaldino shirts, headgears and kites) but they trust to the words no, näo or obrigado). But of...

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  • NATAL: NO VALUABLES AT BEACH

    Do not bring any valuables when you head out to the beaches of Natal.Unfortunately, I was robbed of my camera. 2 boys jumped on me and fought me to the ground. When they had run off with my camera and my watch, I simply got up and watched them disappear. I looked around me, many stared at me, but no one helped. I guess they are used to seeing such...

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Natal Tourist Traps

  • Ok, this is fun and needed in Sahara,...

    If you have never ridden with camel, I can explain and make a recommendation. Ride alone! If you ride in camel queue the camel behind you is all the time lightly biting you. It doesn't hurt but think about salivating camel spitting and snorting in you neck. It's like in small boat. Rocking and rolling without rock'n roll.

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  • Pousada Castanheira - best avoided!

    Don't be fooled by the attractive website of this Pousada. It's on a steep hill, within close range of a very dodgy area, electrified fences are an indication of this. The "sea view" is likely to be partly obscured by advertising hoardings and some friends recently found that despite paying a deposit, their room had been taken and they were dumped...

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  • NATAL: DUNES AT GENIPABU

    Many tourists raved about taking the jeep tour through the dunes of Genipabu.Genipabu is a nearby beach resort. My friend Gisele has a beach house there, facing the beach. It was great, as we could hear the sounds of the waves all through the night.According to her, when she was a child, the dunes of Genipabu were 4 times higher than they are now....

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Natal What to Pack

  • Sunscreen - use HIGH protection (SPF)!

    Do not go easy on the sunscreen! My skin tone is light brown so I normally don't need a sunscreen with high SPF, anyway I bought SPF 30 just in case. Even reapplying the sunscreen every few hours, I got a sunburn (and I usually avoid direct sun exposure). Next day I bought sunscreen SPF 50. Be careful with sun exposure in Natal and don't forget...

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  • Pack Lite - The "All You Need" List

    I made this list because I could not find one before I left. Everyone said the same thing " clothing here is all beach wear". Well I didn;t belive it, so I brought some dress clothes too. I'm glad I did, cause I did use them - but, but no means every day. Basically beachwear goes everwhere in Natal and you don't need to bring too much. So here's my...

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  • Don´t bring your fure.....

    When you are going to the beach a small ruggsack always can be usefull to put your things in. NOT any worm shoes There are pharmacies and shoppingenters in Natal so you dont have to worry. But a absolutly must is sunprotection oil! The most important is that you do have clothes for the beach in Brazil. You dont exactly have to take youre fure...

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Natal Off The Beaten Path

  • Natal Shopping

    Natal Shopping is the name of the local mall in Natal. About 5 minutes drive from Ponta Negra, this is a modern, multi-floor mall with everything you'd expect a mall to have - lots of shops, food court, movie theater, etc.You can find all those things your forgot, not to mention TONS of gifts for the family back home - all at great prices.The most...

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  • Auquarium in Santa Rita - Aquario Natal

    Also on the road to Genipabu you will pass an Aquario (aquarium) where for about $2 USD you get a guided tour and explanation of all kinds of exotic native fish and animals of Brazil.The tour is in portuguese of course, so it will help if you speak it. But, even if you don't, I'm sure you'll find it enjoyable. From Monkees and Piranha to Sharks,...

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  • www.brazil4ever.com

    Take a trip with www.brazil4ever.com. We went on a 2 day trip to Pipa with Emilio a Dutch guy who speaks perfect English & Portuguese. We visited many places on the way to Pipa, including a Brazillian market, protected forest that housed monkeys, tortoise, a croc, bats & a conservation area devoted to sea turtles. We stayed over night in a pousada...

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Natal Sports & Outdoors

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    underwater....

    by mangueirense Written Apr 24, 2003

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    There are some companies which offers diving in or around Natal:

    MARACAJAÚ DIVER -Praia de Maracajaú - Litoral Norte - Natal/RN
    Tel. (84) 261 - 6200 / 9983 - 4264 Fax (84) 611-2976
    maracajaudiver@maracajaudiver.com.br
    http://www.maracajaudiver.com.br

    MAESUB DIVERS
    ESCOLA E OPERADORA DE MERGULHO
    SCUBA DIVING - BUCEO
    PONTA NEGRA - NATAL - RN - BRASIL
    Fones: 84 208-2317 / 9982-8312
    http://www.maresub.com.br/

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    • Water Sports
    • Beaches
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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Natal Favorites

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  • The exhange rates

    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.

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  • Blue skies and beaches

    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...

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  • excursions in Natal

    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. our lunch with the locals on the Pipa-trip with brazil4ever.com was exciting!

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Dune Games - Sand Slalom
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Rent a Buggy and go to dunes
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Beach Games
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Consumers paradise, and kids too
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Ferries - Over Rio Potengi
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The best in our minds
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all kinds of excursions
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Park of Dunes - Parque das Dunas
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The beaches in Natal
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"caju" tree (cajueiro)
Off The Beaten Path
All local craft in one place
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Seafood "rodízio"
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Cheap bikinis!
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Taxi
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Don't miss lady's special discount on "rodízio"!
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Southcost tour by buggy
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Mãe Luiza’s Lighthouse
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Southern 'litoral' ...
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Ponta Negra Beach Fun & Leisure
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Fishing on the morning
Local Customs
ATM & Banks in Brazil
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aero bunda & ski bunda
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Beaches around Natal
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Pipa
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Forte dos Reis Magos
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The biggest cashew tree in the world
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Tourism Center
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Forte dos Reis Magos
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