Ponta Negra Beach, Natal

3.8
#1 of 50 in Outdoors in Natal
Ponta Negra Beach, a lively beach dotted by numerous convenient tourist facilities, has long been a beloved hang-out spot for both locals and passing visitors. The sand is lined with huts, locally called "barracas," selling food and drinks to beachgoers throughout the day, with several staying open late into the night. You can swim, dive, and snorkel in these calm waters, or spend the day browsing the many nearby shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants. Located at the extreme southern end of the beach is the famous Morro do Careca (Bald Hill), a large dune and an iconic landmark of the city. To the north of the beach is the Via Costeira (Coastal Way), a long road connecting this site with several other popular beaches along the coast. Put Ponta Negra Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Natal vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Ponta Negra is now more organized. has more spaces for bathers, the peddlers tbm are outnumbered. Need to be more energetic or clarify the tourists who insist on up on the Hill. Knowing the "tides" has nice places to bathe. Tbm prices are good.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful beach, super clean, quality customer service and fair prices. The amount of stalls offering products can be a bother, but the people are friendly and polite.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I loved the beach, wonderful. All very clean. People of the kiosk has a wonderful service.
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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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