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The Praia do Meio area is in the northern part of Natal; there are several beaches, with undefined boundaries: Praia do Forte (around the fortress), Praia do Meio, Praia dos Artistas (around Chaplin) and Areia Preta.
There is a tourist office at Praia dos Artistas, close to Chaplin; also, right beside, a 24/7 Banco do Brasil ATM.
Until about ten years ago, this was the busiest area in Natal; the today closed Hotel dos Reis Magos was famous for the parties which congregated the high society of Natal.
Today, the place is decadent; the city government has been trying to revitalize the area (the pavement was refurbished, a communitary sports court was built), but results are still incipient. The beaches are frequented mostly by locals who live around the area.
Don't walk very far towards the fortress by night. Even though very diminished from recent years, street prostitution still exists, both on main avenue and lateral streets.
The beaches are lined by reefs; when the tide lowers, water pools are formed, good for children. During the high tides, the waves here and bigger than in Ponta Negra, making Praia dos Artistas a favourite place for surfers.
Hotels along the beach avenue are cheaper than in Ponta Negra. Quality and prices vary much, but you can certainly find comfortable places here.
Praia do Meio and Ponta Negra are about 12 km apart.