Whoops and cheers can be heard as dune buggies and sand-surfers race down Natal’s shifting sands towards the ocean. Leading away from one of the largest dunes, Ponte Negra is in full party mode with reggae music drifting out from the beachside restaurants. This is Natal’s best beach, attracting hedonists and surfers – throwing impromptu surf competitions. Sunbathe on soft, golden sand, sip ice-cold coconut water fresh from the coconut.
The largest cashew tree in the world grows close to Natal. It covers an area of 7,300 square metres.
If you can tear yourself away from the pleasures of the beach, visit the star-shaped Forte dos Reis Magos. This is the very heart of Natal, where it was founded – right at the tip of the peninsula. At high tide, the fortress appears to float on the water. Here, the sky and sea are painted like a watercolour. And you might even spot a dolphin.