In Brazil there are nice beaches… a lot of nice beaches. But none are similar to Praia da Pipa. You are guaranteed a change of scenery in this world-village of the Northeast.
Praia da Pipa, state of Rio Grande do Norte
Part of the municipality of Tibau do Sul, indigenous name that means “between two waters” (the city is surrounded by Lagoa de Guaraíras on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other), Pipa, more commonly known as Praia da Pipa, is a little piece of paradise in the Northeast of Brazil.
If you love nature, looking for fun nights out in the Northeast or both, Praia da Pipa is the dream destination less than 80km from Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
Pipa got the name from a rock on the Praia dos Afogados (literally “beach of the drowned”) but better known as the Praia do Amor, which has the shape of a wine barrel. It’s this shape that gave the Portuguese the idea for this original name (“pipa” in Portuguese from Portugal means “barrel”).
Pipa, nature and sport in the Northeast of Brazil
It is perhaps also the name that exalts tourists from around the world since the time when pirates would land on the beaches of Brazil in search of pau brasil, the national tree of Brazil.
Praia da Pipa is a sight for your eyes, a place where you can find coasts with impressive cliffs, huge coconuts, clear water and fine sand beaches. Pipa, which was historically a small fishing village, was discovered by tourists in the 80s with the arrival of surfing amateurs.
You will immediately fall under nature’s charm, which offers you numerous possibilities for activities. Buggy tours or ATVing on the sand dunes or the beaches, boating, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking on the paths of the Mata Atlantica, surfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddled boarding, sand boarding and capoeira, there’s something here for everyone! You will be able to easily find all sorts of organized tours for any type of activity just by walking down the streets of Pipa.
Relaxing and beaches at Praia da Pipa in Rio Grande do Norte
If you’re more into relaxing and caipis on the beach, you will be happy here too. Praia da Pipa has several beaches: the city consists of the magnificent Praia do Madeiro and Praia do Centro, baia dos Golfinhos where you can swim with dolphins and sea turtles, or even Praia do Amor, privileged spot for surfing amateurs that got its name because it is shaped like a heart.
A spot for camping is situated on the summit of the cliff overlooking this peach, a perfect place to stay for your trip to Pipa.
If you prefer hotels, pousadas, hostels or apartments no problemo! The city offers many choices for all budgets. The city is relatively small so there’s no need to worry about the location of your accommodations.
Pipa, international ambiance in the Northeast of Brazil
In the afternoon and a night, it’s around the main street where you will find all the activity: spice stores, shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs…
It was not by accident that the Brazilian magazine Viaje Mais voted Pipa’s nightlife the “hottest nights north of Recife”. The ambiance of the city transforms and heats up once night falls.
Spend a night on the main street of Pipa and you are guaranteed to do a mini world tour with numerous bars and restaurants from all over the world with tourists in all of them.