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One of Brazil’s tiniest and least populous states, Rio Grande do Norte is a mecca for worshippers of sun and sand. Aside from its inevitably fair weather, this northeastern state boasts non-stop sand-dune beaches, which can be navigated – “with emotion” (for thrill seekers) and “without emotion” (for those who don’t want sand in their faces) – by dune buggy as well as by Jeep. The small, but over-developed capital, Natal, has its share of beaches; the attractive, but über-touristy Ponta Negra is popular with the gringo set. However, the real draws lie south – in the international hipster/surfer hotspot that is Praia da Pipa – and north, ...

One of Brazil’s tiniest and least populous states, Rio Grande do Norte is a mecca for worshippers of sun and sand. Aside from its inevitably fair weather, this northeastern state boasts non-stop sand-dune beaches, which can be navigated – “with emotion” (for thrill seekers) and “without emotion” (for those who don’t want sand in their faces) – by dune buggy as well as by Jeep. The small, but over-developed capital, Natal, has its share of beaches; the attractive, but über-touristy Ponta Negra is popular with the gringo set. However, the real draws lie south – in the international hipster/surfer hotspot that is Praia da Pipa – and north, where seclusion rules in spots such as São Miguel do Gostoso and Galinhos.

Michael Sommers
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Michael Sommers is the author of Moon Brazil and Moon Rio, as well as the blog Thrill of Brazil. He has been living in Salvador, Brazil since 1999.

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    Year-round, though expect some rain March-May. Summer, coinciding with high season, is particularly hot.