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Top Choice Seafood in Praia da Pipa

Cruzeiro do Pescador

On the southeast edge of town, about 1.5km from the center, what looks like a typical mess of a house hides a don’t-miss culinary experience. Chef Daniel does everything with homemade and home-grown finesse, from th…
Top Choice Brazilian in São Miguel do Gostoso

Genesis Resto Bar

What comes off as a tad ramshackle at first glance reveals itself as Gostoso's most adorable bistro, serving up a choice few gussied-up dishes – curried shrimp fettuccine, sesame-crusted tuna, a gourmet burger – in …
Top Choice Seafood in Natal

Camarões Potiguar

This bright, stylish and creative homage to the shrimp is arguably Natal's best dining experience, and it's permanently packed. Start with a traditional shrimp-and-Catupiry pastel (thin square of dough stuffed with …
Top Choice Beach in Praia da Pipa

Praia do Madeiro

Praia do Madeiro curves northward from the headland at the far end of Baía dos Golfinhos and is perhaps Pipa's most enchanting stretch of sand. It has a few upmarket hotels on the cliffs above but the sands below ar…
Parade in Natal

Carnatal

Natal’s out-of-season Carnaval, Carnatal, takes to the streets of the Lagoa Nova district over four days in early December, with Salvador-style trios elétricos (bands playing atop huge trucks) and blocos (parade gro…
Brazilian in Natal

Manary Gastronomia & Arte

The Manary Praia Hotel's poolside restaurant serves creative salads and superb seafood and is one of Natal's very best restaurants. During the day it's a fairly laid-back affair but in the evening they turn up the r…
Live Music in Natal

Rastapé Casa de Forro

Hugely popular with locals and visitors alike, this massive forro club has a faux abode facade that represents the humble houses of the interior of the region. Inside there's three separate ambients – two with live …
Fusion in Praia da Pipa

Tapas

Tapas is a culinary godsend, a labor of love of a well-traveled Paulista couple who dish out large Brazilian tapas peppered with Thai, Indian, French and Italian influences in a casual and artsy space. Sesame-cruste…
Beach in Natal

Praia de Ponta Negra

Praia de Ponta Negra, at the far south end of town, is the nicest stretch of sand in Natal and one of the most appealing big-city beaches in the Northeast. Framed by tall dunes at both ends, it's 3km long and lined …
Beach in Praia da Pipa

Praia do Amor

This advanced surf beach is accessed off the eastern part of Av Baía dos Golfinhos. You can rent surfboards here and in town for around R$30 per hour (or R$50 for the day); swimming can be dangerous. For a fantastic…