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Tibau do Sul

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Tibau do Sul is a municipality of Rio Grande do Norte. The municipality contains three coastal villages, Tibau do Sul, Pipa and Sibaúma, and several kilometers of sandy beaches surrounded by cliffs. Praia da Pipa and its surrounding beaches, near the village of Pipa, are among the most beautiful and probably the most famous of the state.


Baía dos Golfinhos, Tibau do Sul.

For a long time, Tibau do Sul and Pipa were relatively isolated fishing and farming villages. The origins of Sibaúma are not precisely known, but it is likely to have originated from a quilombo, a settlement of escaped African slaves.

During the 70s, the region started to attract surfers, and later the tourists would start to come. Nowadays, Pipa is the most popular and "touristy" of the three villages, containing various lodging options and significant nightlife, whereas Sibaúma is the most unspoiled.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

The bus between Natal and Tibau do Sul/Pipa is operated by Expresso Oceano, and costs R$ 10,50. Check the website for up-to-date routes and itineraries; be aware that there are no buses in either direction during the night. The bus departs from the intercity bus terminal of Natal (Avenida Cap-mor. Gouveia, 1237 - Cidade da Esperança), but if you are staying in Ponta Negra, you may more conveniently pick the bus at Natal Shopping (Av. Sen. Salgado Filho, 2234 - Candelária).

By car[edit]

From Natal, take the BR101 motorway, and ride about 78 km until Goianinha. There, take RN-003 to Tibau do Sul/Pipa by following the signs. In the bifurcation, going left will lead you to Tibau do Sul and going right to Pipa.

By dune buggy[edit]

With a dune buggy or a similarly powerful vehicle, it is possible to go to Tibau do Sul and Pipa riding alongside the coast. Eventually, you will reach Malembá beach, and to get to Tibau do Sul you need to take a ferry boat to cross Lagoa das Guaraíras. Pipa is just further south.

Get around[edit]

It is possible to go by bus from one village to another using the intercity bus of Expresso Oceano (the same that goes to Natal). Buses to Sibaúma are less frequent. It costs R$ 1 between Tibau do Sul-Pipa and Pipa-Sibaúma. Car and buggy are obvious alternatives.

Naturally, you may just walk from one village to another, but be prepared, as the distance between Tibau do Sul and Pipa is about 7 km (and about the same between Pipa and Sibaúma).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Chapadão de Pipa, (south of Pipa village). Corresponds to the plateau dividing the Amor and Minas beaches, that offers wonderful views of the surrounding beaches.  edit
  • Lagoa de Guaraíras, (north of Tibau do Sul village). A 7-km lagoon that opens to the sea. Famous for the magnificent sunset. By using a boat, it is possible to explore the mangroves, check the shrimp farms, see the ruins of a Dutch fortress in the Flamengo island, and finally, cross to the deserted Malemba beach, in the adjacent municipality of Senador Georgino Avelino. Check for boat rides in Tibau do Sul.  edit


Natural swimming pools at Praia do Amor.
  • Tibau do Sul. The northmost beach of the municipality, located at the Tibau do Sul village, offering tranquility and some options to eat and drink.  edit
  • Giz / Bóia. Surrounded by forest, just next to Tibau do Sul. Usually very calm, and waves indicate by surfing.  edit
  • Cacimbinhas. Long beach surrounded by cliffs that offer a magnificent view of the coast and of the Guaraíras lagoon.  edit
  • Madeiro. About midway between Tibau do Sul and Pipa. Surrounded by cocopalms.  edit
  • Baía dos Golfinhos (Curral). Beach where dolphins can easily be spotted, although you may want to take a boat to see them closer.  edit
  • Pipa. The central beach of Pipa, located at the village of the same name. With a good amount of bars and restaurants, and presence of natural swimming pools, perfect for children.  edit
  • Amor / Afogados. One of the most popular beaches among visitors, attracting both younger crowds, due to its waves perfect for surfing, and families, due to its natural swimming pools. In the right side of the beach is the plateau (chapadão).  edit
  • Minas. Passing the plateau, one reaches the silent and desert Praia das Minas, the longest beach of the municipality. There you can walk over the cliffs or the beaches, as you wish.  edit
  • Sibaúma. Passing Praia das Minas is the southmost beach of Tibau do Sul, located at the quiet and non-touristy Sibaúma village.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Do surfing or kitesurfing at the beaches
  • Get down from the cliffs to the beaches by rapelling
  • Get on a boat to observe the dolphins at Baía dos Golfinhos
  • Navigate the mangroves of Lagoa dos Guaraíras
  • Bring your kids to swim at the various natural swimming pools
  • Watch the sunset at Lagoa dos Guaraíras
  • Do trekking at the forest surrounding the coast
  • The New Year Eve party at Praia da Pipa attracts young crowds from the entire country and also foreigners

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Kimura Nova Uniao - Pipa. Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitst at Kimura Nova Uniao in Pipa  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is a good range of restaurants and snackbars in Pipa (and also some in Tibau do Sul), focusing on seafood, pizzas and crêpes, but also Italian, Japanese, Mexican and other options.

  • Tapas, Check the tartar de atum, made of fresh tuna crusted with sesame seeds, shrimp sauce, honey and ginger.
  • Boa Onda, offering both burguer and dishes, besides a variety of drinks and cocktails. Rua da Gameleira.
  • Pé de Manga, BBQ, with Argentine steak.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Pipa village during the night.

Check the central square of Pipa, surrounded by pubs. It becomes particularly crowded close to New Year. Boate Calangos is the largest and most popular club in Pipa.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Solar Pipa Resort [4] Rua da Gameleira Nº 209.
  • Sugar Cane Hostel, 19 Rua Arara, 0055 (84) 3246 2723 (), [1]. checkin: noon; checkout: 11am. 15 - 40 reias.  edit
  • Zicatela Beach Hostel, Rua Praia do Amor 48, (84)3246-2377, [2].  edit
  • Village Natureza [5], at Baía dos Golfinhos
  • Pousada da Mata[6], next to the Pipa village
  • Ecovila Spa da Alma [7] Rua do Spa 7 (Praia das Minas). Here you will find nature, comfort, a charming inn, energy, beauty, a spa, health, sun, beach, harmony of body and mind.
  • Lagoa Eco Resort, Av. Guaraíras, 1088, +55 (84) 3246-4266 (), [3]. 16 luxury villas with variable capacity between three and eight adults and eleven suites for up to two adults.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Malembá beach. A deserted beach surrounded by a broad field of dunes, in the municipality of Senador Georgino Avelino. To get there, cross Lagoa dos Guaraíras by boat from Tibau do Sul.  edit
  • Canguaretama. Where lies the also famous Barra do Cunhaú beach. To get there, cross the river by boat from Sibaúma.

Routes through Tibau do Sul
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