This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in São Bento do Norte. To help you make friends with São Bento do Norte before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
São Bento do Norte is a beachside town in the state of Rio Grande Do Norte in Brazil. The municipality is bordered by Jandaíra and Parazinho to the south, Caiçara do Norte to the east; and Galinhos to the west. Although it is not a tourist attraction, there are a couple of hostels along the beach where you will find visitors who enjoy exploring off the beaten path. The pristine, untouched beaches along the south Atlantic Ocean offer waves fit for surfers as well as horses for a romantic saunter along the coast.
The beachside hostels in São Bento do Norte are quaint, family-run businesses which cater to peace-loving, paradise-seeking guests. The surrounding village is untouched by franchises and other overt displays of capitalism. Here you will find children playing in the streets, getting their clothes dirty, sharing many laughs. If you fancy large billboards, big businesses, and intricate lighting along the horizon, then São Bento do Norte will not impress you. Its skyline is unblemished by technology and industrialization.
The hostels tend to be ideally situated right along the sandy beaches. If you are tired of crowded beaches filled with selfie-takers whose only goal is to be seen, then this is the place for you. Serenity, nature, and splashing waves rule this town’s beach scene.
Any time you need a bit of change of scenery, you can take a day trip to one of the neighboring municipalities. For example, visit Jandaíra and its fishing village called Mangue Seco, meaning dry swamp. There you can take a buggy ride through the white sand dunes or meander along the beach lined with eateries and little shops. A boat ride along the Real River provides relaxation and a chance to take some photos of the unspoiled scenery.
As night arrives, you can head back to your accommodations in São Bento do Norte. Alternately, there are plenty of hostels, or “pousadas,” right there in Jandaíra for you to choose from.
Written by local enthusiast for São Bento do Norte hostelsJakob Lombardi