You can rent surfboards and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) at many places on Praia de Ponta Negra for R$30 per hour.

Dunas de Genipabu

Feeling adventurous? Try a popular and exciting outing to the spectacularly high and steep dunes about 10km north of the city near Genipabu, where you can be driven up and down the sand mountains for an hour or so in a beach buggy. A number of operators are recommended: Natal Vans and Marazul offer several fairly standardized out-of-town trips, easily booked through your accommodation.

You’ll be asked if you want the trip com ou sem emoção (with or without excitement), and if you choose com, you’ll be treated to thrills such as the Wall of Death and the Vertical Descent.

Operators generally include Genipabu as part of longer day trips (R$440 to R$680 per buggy depending on season) that may involve a 15km beach drive north from Genipabu to Jacumã – with a river crossing by raft – and several other stops for zip lining, dune surfing into lakes and other thrills. Buggies hold up to four passengers; operators can usually put separate individuals together to share the total cost.