On arriving at the shore of Tibau do Sul, on the beach next to the port or at the overlook at the town entrance, the first landscape that greets one is the sight of the calm waters of Guaraíras. Once composed of freshwater and later altered by the designs of nature to open to the sea, this lagoon is today one of the main attractions of Tibau do Sul.
Besides serving as a route to Malembá beach and points beyond, such as Natal (via the beach), the lagoon is home to one of the most important economic activities of the municipality, shrimp farming. The waters of Guaraíras lap the shores of four municipalities, home to a thriving local population and where the traditional practice of fishing from canoes offers a show unto itself.
But Guaraíras Lagoon also serves tourism, with extended motorboat and canoe trips, fishing excursions and even “banana boat” rides. Tucked among its many ports and anchorages in its vast shoreline extension is a history of battles, tragedies and reconstruction as well as the historic Flamengo island where the ruins of a Dutch fort are found.
The flora and fauna benefit from an extensive mangrove area as a rich food source and habitat of numerous supporting species. Moreover, at twilight the magic takes over, and no one is immune to the sight of another of nature’s miracles: the setting of the sun over Guaraíras.
At this hour, the waters of a receding tide are bluish, and those of a rising tide become greyish, transformed into pure gold, reflecting the full intensity of the dying sun, which coats this unparalleled little corner of Brazil with its glow.