The coastline from Natal to Fortaleza is still relatively unknown to tourists, come and explore these deserted tropical beaches!
On this coast you will discover seaside resorts that have conserved their authenticity in their natural and wild surroundings. Overlapping the border between Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará, a vacation in Northeast Brazil offers a relaxing time with various activities in exceptional natural surroundings. Whether its sitting under traditional fishing huts chatting to the locals, or on the magnificent beaches under the coconut trees, swimming in the warm waters, or exploring the cliffs and dunes, you will live a wonderful experience full of magical moments.
Are you looking for fun and adventure? Come to the small fishing village of Canoa Quebrada by driving along the immense beaches in a buggy or 4X4, just follow the cliffs of the Ceará coastline!
Are you thinking more of a relaxing vacation in idyllic surroundings but with lively entertainment in the evenings? Come and discover the beautiful Pipa.
Explore the seaside gems that lie between Natal and Fortaleza
Enjoy the sports and fresh air around Fortaleza-Canoa Quebrada, and Pontal do Maceio
160km south east of Fortaleza, Canoa Quebrada is called the pearl of the east coast of Ceará and was discovered following the shooting of a French Nouvelle Vague film in the 1960s.
This former fishing village perched on red cliffs will charm you with the sweetness of life that it has conserved as well as its enchanting natural setting. With its red cliffs sculptured by erosion, the intense blue sky, the white sand and the green ocean, this place is a festival of colours.
This popular seaside resort is set around a long pedestrian street that the locals have nicknamed “Broadway”. There are a few shops and bars open during the day and restaurants and other night spots open at night creating a really festive atmosphere at weekends.
When you come off broadway, the rest of the village remains calm and relaxed. In Canoa Quebrada, you can explore the coastline while walking on the beach, kite surfing or stand up paddling. Have a stop and go swimming in the natural pools, climb aboard a jangada and go sailing on a traditional local fishing boat!
After all this exercise, you can relax in one of the barracas (beachfront cafes) drinking a caipirinha in the tropical sun.
If you are looking for real peace, or you want to stop on the way to Canoa Quebrada, there is a little place in the village of Pontal de Maceio that is perfect, the Vila Selvagem. This establishment is run by a French gentleman and offers fine, quality bungalows facing the ocean for a really calm and quiet stay.
This village is reputed for its fresh air, according to its inhabitants it is the purest in the civilized world. It also boasts a near perfect climate (from 26 to 32 °C all year round). With an enormous beach of fine sand, it is also a unique spot for kite-surfing. For an interesting excursion, you can visit Canto da Barra, and the Jaguaribe river estuary flowing into the ocean! If you are looking to relax and sunbathe or swim, choose the Praia das Agulhas beach, which is completely isolated and surrounded by nature.
Explore the sublime beaches between Canoa Quebrada and Pipa
To reach the seaside resort of Pipa, with its beautiful beaches with coconut trees and mellow cliffs, we suggest two options.
You can either fly to Natal and then be transferred to your hotel, or choose to go on an expedition by buggy or 4×4 along the beautiful sandy beaches, in 3 stages over one day departing from Fortaleza.
You will set off from the “Cearense” capital on an adventure day along the magnificent beaches of the region. The first stop will be in Canoa Quebrada to enjoy the lovely atmosphere here.
You will then continue towards Galinhos, a hamlet at the end of a sandy peninsula lapped by the green-blue waves of the Atlantic, far from the tourists. Donkeys and carts are the only means of transport in this ancient little fishing village. You can wander along the beaches bordered with dunes and tropical forest and feel totally alone in this amazing landscape !
At 100kms to the east is Sao Miguel do Gostoso another peaceful haven on the banks of the river “Rio Grande do Norte”. This village sits on two immense bays, with sandy beaches and palm trees. Ideal surroundings to relax peacefully, with the rhythm of the traditional jangadas bobbing on the turquoise sea, a perfect place to recharge your batteries.
From here you will continue along the coast on the sandy tracks to your final destination of Pipa, located 85 kms from Natal. Hardly known 20 years ago, it is nestled in magnificent and luxuriant green surroundings on an imposing cliff facing the ocean. It was discovered mostly by surfers coming from further and further afield, and is now known the world over.
As well as its sporting attraction, Pipa is an ecological park with a zone for protecting marine turtles. The focus here is on ecological activities, to the delight many visitors, young and old. Finally, the village has been strongly influenced by surf culture and so has a lively nightlife that can go on until the early hours of the morning!
Want to know more? Have a look at our adventure tour from Fortaleza to Natal.
Canoa Quebrada, the dream beach on the Ceará coast
Hidden behind a vast wall of dunes, “Canoa” to the locals, is one of the emblematic destinations on this coast.
This little village perched on the cliffs has an exceptional panoramic view of its surroundings and is ideal for relaxing. Due to its success in the 1960s it became the first tourist destination in Ceará and one of the first in the Northeast attracting many travelers and hippies from around the world. From this era the village has kept a taste for relaxation and the atmosphere here definitely helps you to unwind and enjoy life.
This seaside resort with its dream beach lined with red cliffs also knows how to come alive for those who wish. This is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the warm climate in an authentic setting where the Brazilian way of life reigns.
We suggest staying 3 days and 2 nights, this you can adapt as you wish, in the small village of Canoa Quebrada for a fun and relaxing vacation!
Pipa, come and swim with the dolphins and turtles!
Natural pools, thick coconut groves and fine, white sandy beaches make Pipa a must-see.
This trendy seaside resort nestled in a heavenly setting is renowned for its ecological leisure activities: After watching dolphins and turtles, you can go for walks in your fantastic surroundings; Mata Atlantic is one of the oldest jungles in the region.
Pipa is also one of the best surf spots on this coast, it is sure to delight any experienced rider. In addition to enjoying the perfect waves you will admire this exceptional setting of impressive cliffs and luxuriant jungle, it’s a real dream come true!
Browse our Pipa packages of 2 nights or more, to come and experience the exceptional nature of this place and enjoy its unique atmosphere.