Rio Grande do Norte (RN)
Maracajaú is a coastal community located in the municipality of Maxaranguape in the State of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, roughly 60 km from Natal. With a population of approximately 2000 inhabitants, its main sources of income are fishing and tourism.
Maracajaú beach is full of surprises, with its crystal clear waters, and its Parrachos de Maracajaú, coral reefs, a short distance from shore. The reefs are 7 km from shore, but there are many tours which will take you out to see them. Its coral reefs are part of the environmental protection area of the coral reef of Rio Grande do Norte (ALSO-RN), which also covers the coral reefs nearby municipalities such as Rio do Fogo and Bulls.
Maracajaú Beach is fun for the entire family, and includes an entire tourist complex known as Ma-Noa,with it's own swimming pools, aquatic park and restaurant. Also make dips in coral reefs and ATV and buggy rides in the neighborhood.
The main economic activity of Rio Grande do Norte is tourism, followed by the extraction of petroleum (the second largest producer in the country), agriculture, fruit growing and extraction of minerals, including considerable production of seasalt, among other economic activities. The state is famous for having many popular attractions such as the Maior cajueiro do mundo (world's largest cashew tree), the dunes and the dromedaries of Genipabu, the famous beaches of Ponta Negra, Maracajaú and Pipa's paradise, the Carnatal the largest off-season carnival in Brazil, the Forte dos Reis Magosis a sixteenth-century fortress, the hills and mountains of Martins, the Dunas Park the second largest urban park in the country, and several other attractions.