View from Rio de Janeiro of the bay and the high dome of Sugarloaf mountain.

Moon Brazil

In this full-color guide, journalist Michael Sommers leads travelers to the best that Brazil has to offer, from surfing, hang gliding, and enjoying the sizzling nightlife in Rio to venturing into the Amazon to witness the Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões join to form the world’s mightiest river: the […]

Beyond quaint buildings with tile roofs, the ocean stretches to the horizon.

The Beaches of Natal, Brazil

Natal is all about its beaches. From the calm waters of Praia do Forte to the beautiful sands of lively Ponta Negra, Brazil expert Michael Sommers guides you to the area’s best beaches and related sights.

A dune buggy is parked on golden sand as waves roll in gently onto the shore.

Beaches North of Natal

Heading north from Natal—by bus or buggy—the beaches get increasingly wild and the dunes more impressive. The most famous draws are Genipabu, with its shifting dunes and dromedaries, and Pitangui and Jacumã, with their alluring freshwater lagoons.

Courtyard view of stone buildings with clay tiled rooves.

What to See in Natal

With a trio of modest museums and a historic district, there are a few sights worth the time when visiting Natal. The most impressive of the all-too-few vestiges of the past is the star-shaped Forte dos Reis Magos.