Genipabu

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Genipabu (dunes and lagoon).
Dromedary camel in Genipabu.

Genipabu (or Jenipabu) is a beach with a complex of dunes, a lagoon and an environmental protection area (APA) located in Natal, one of the most famous post-cards of the Rio Grande do Norte Brazilian state.

Genipabu is internationally famous for its natural beauty and for its "buggie" and dromedarie rides. With its beautiful and calm waters, it attract lots of tourists in the summer.

Its huge dunes and fresh water lagoon are a major touristic destination. The beach has plenty infrastructure of hotels, inns, restaurants, beach tents, "buggies" rides, rafts and dromedaries.

A sport that is played in the dunes around the lake is the "esquibunda", in which a person slides the dunes with a wooden board.

"Buggie" rides are offered locally in two styles, com emoção (lit:'with emotion': a riskier ride) or sem emoção (lit:'without emotion': a safer one). It is urged, however, that only authorized professionals responsible for security of both tourists and environment should be paid.

The dunes of Genipabu are movable, because the hard winds in the Rio Grande do Norte coastline moves the sand from one point to another, shaping the landscape.

Coordinates: 5°42′32″S 35°11′48″W / 5.70889°S 35.19667°W / -5.70889; -35.19667