Learn more about the beach and the history of Ponta Negra
Ponta Negra beach is located in the southern area of Natal, in the eponymous district and is considered the most visited urban beach in the state. It is in the Ponta Negra neighborhood which is also located the Praiamar Natal Hotel & Convention. Identify Ponta Negra is easy, just look at the most famous postcard of the city, the Morro do Careca, a large dune that lies at the southern beach and marking its landscape.
It has some 4 km in length, perfect for those who like to make an evening walk or to anyone strolling with family. Walking towards the north, is run-first around 2 km from the Av. Erivan France, which are full of bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, small craft galleries, shopping, etc.
The night in Ponta Negra is stirred among the attractions are the streets with many bars and clubs to animate tourists and visitors, besides the traditional forró pé de serra, typically Northeastern dance.
One of the first historical references to Ponta Negra is the description of the period of Dutch occupation in 1633. Records 1877 realize a prayer house in Ponta Negra village ede a public school for males. It is estimated that, until the last century, the Ponta Negra village was inhabited by individuals associated with fishing activity. There were, however, clearings to help the domestic economy, in addition to pads income from work done by women.
After the 2nd World War, with the US influence of bathing, vacation homes constructions were started. The development of the village, core settlement of the area began in the 40s. During this period, the Governor José Varela built the first fountain, located behind the church and rebuilt in 1931 by Bishop Marcolino Dantas. The government Aluízio Alves, another fountain was built in Corrupio Street and implanted electricity.
Until recently, Ponta Negra was a place where working fishermen and residents of the neighborhood were looking for leisure, because until then the Meio Beach was the most visited tourist attraction in Natal. By the 1990s, tourism began to develop in the region and a few years later came foreign investment (mainly Italian, Portuguese and other Europeans).
Source: Natal Town Hall