Praia da Pipa !
Tibau do Sol – Río Grande do Norte
Pipa is one of Brazil’s magical destinations: pristine beaches backed by tall cliffs, dreamy lagoons, decent surfing, dolphin- and turtle-filled waters, a great selection of pousadas, hostels, global restaurants and good nightlife. It was just another small, roadless fishing village when discovered by surfers in the 1970s; today Pipa rivals Jericoacoara as the Northeast’s hippest beach town, and attracts partiers from Natal, João Pessoa, Recife and beyond at holidays and weekends, and a slew of international travelers year-round. Its laid-back, ecological and independent-traveler vibe still reigns and, with luck, Pipa may be just too small for that to change, despite the ranks of umbrella’ed tables along the main beaches catering to van loads of day-trippers from Natal.
Pipa is small but it can be a little hard to get your bearings on arrival. The main, central beach faces north. At its east end the coastline curves southeast to Praia do Amor. To its west, Baía dos Golfinhos and then Praia do Madeiro curve northwest. The narrow main street, Av Baía dos Golfinhos, runs about 2km through town parallel to the main beach and Praia do Amor, with small streets and lanes running off it down to the beach or uphill inland. The inland streets in central Pipa are, from west to east, Céu, Bem-Te-Vis, Gameleira, Mata and Albacora (with Arara branching off Albacora). Full-size public buses and tour vans stop at the west end of Av Baía dos Golfinhos; public minibuses and microbuses terminate on Av Baía dos Golfinhos near the southeast edge of town.
The beaches of Pipa offer a combination of attractions for all tastes and styles. Difficult to choose amongst these options, the best way is to try each one: from the cliffs which shelter varieties of vegetation, to calm seas for swimming, or choppy seas for surfing… from strong winds for sailing, natural pools with colored fish for bathing, long stretches of tranquil beaches for walking, or small bays for contemplating visiting dolphins and marine turtles… thus completing the amazing natural scenery of the region. Up to you to decide between the simple or the grand — all have in common the singular beauty of Brazil’s northeast.
Conditions in or out of the water are ideal for practicing sports. The trick is to bring a camera to register every moment, and lots of sunblock and moisturizing cream. Enjoy!
How to get here !
The Pipa Beach is located in northeastern Brazil, more precisely in Rio Grande do Norte(80 km from Natal – the state capital). Below is a detailed description of how to get and bus schedules.
- By Plane
For those who want to arrive in Praia da Pipa, Tibau do Sul district, there are two possibilities for visitors: The João Pessoa’s Airport , Castro Pinto, located about 141km from Pipa , or the new airport Aluízio Governor Alves in São Gonçalo do Amarante, situated in Rio Grande do Norte at 116 km.
- By Taxi
The journey from the airport to Pipa costs around R$ 200 (Two hundred reais).
- Carro (Take the BR101 as far as Goianinha then follow the signs to Pipa.)
Alternatively, if you’re coming from João Pessoa leave the BR101 at Canguaretama RN (a distance of approx. 100km) and then head for Barra do Cunhau (8km), where you should cross by ferry to Sibauma (10 mins). From there it’s just 6km to Pipa along the clifftops with a magnificent view. If you happen to be travelling by buggy or a 4 wheel drive vehicle you can drive along the coast to Pipa from Ponta Negra in Natal via the Rota do Sol (“the Sun Route” coast road). This route takes you via Barra de Tabatinga and across the ferry (10 mins) at Tibau do Sul. Check the tide tables before setting off as this routs must be done at low tide as part of the way is along the beach itself.