Areia Preta beach, Natal

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Named after the dark color of its sand, Areia Preta beach is a famous urban beach (it is also known as Miami Beach). The continuous waves make it great for surfing. One of the biggest attractions is a huge sundial. Walk along the sand and enjoy good views of the sea, and rocks that form natural pools at low tide. Watch out for safety though, since the beach is located next to a favela (slum) and it is tucked in behind the high rise buildings, which is an easy access for criminals to escape into. Take a look at our Natal online itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Areia Preta beach and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Black sand beach, Praia do Meio and Praia dos Artistas are extensions of the other, difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins, so my impression of the three is the same: the less beautiful beaches of Natal.
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  • Near praia dos Artistas, Black Beach is frequented by tourists who are in the immediate vicinity, only in front but I was not in it
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  • Is a quick stop that can not miss in your script, I love having all the signs where to step, not to mention that the beach is beautiful.
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Where to stay in Natal

Looking to enjoy the best beaches and soak up the holiday atmosphere, most visitors eschew the city center when it comes to accommodations in Natal. Instead, many look to the southern beachside neighborhood of Ponta Negra, which brims with tourist resorts and the accompanying bars, restaurants, and cafes. If you want to escape the tourist route and experience the city itself, you'll find plenty of options along the beachside boulevard of Av. Presidente Cafe Filho--a stone's throw from the beach and the city center. For something much quieter, surrounded by rolling dunes and clear waters, stay on the seafront next to Parque das Dunas.
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