Retiring in Brazil
Are you imagining a picture perfect retirement in a place that’s bright and warm, full of life with pockets of serenity, friendly and convenient - all for the right price? Brazil will likely exceed your expectations. The abundant sunshine can’t be beat, especially if you’re looking to escape dark and dreary winters. With extensive beaches, deep forest, sparkling cities and multiple climates, expats and retirees from all over the world choose Brazil. Plus, Brazil offers a relatively lower cost of living than many western countries making it an affordable option and increasing the appeal.
Your days are sure to be fulfilled in this destination which illuminates with life through culture, food and futbol among many other activities.
Read on to learn more about Brazil and determine whether it’s the perfect retirement destination for you.
Reasons to Retire in Brazil
Brazil is larger than the continental U.S. The weather in the equatorial northeast of the country is mild year-round, with blue water and swaying palms. Further inland are tucked lush mountain regions, colonial cities, and the enormous Amazon basin. Brazilian culture is one of the richest and most fascinating on the planet, with traces of Europe, Africa, and Asia along with its indigenous roots visible. Oh, and don’t forget about the annual Carnival in Rio, a cultural and creative extravaganza - freely participate or watch in awe!
Brazil is quite affordable for retirees. The quality of housing is very high considering the low cost of real estate in Brazil. A one-bedroom apartment in a city center averages about USD $450 per month, and USD $300 further from the center. Although, don’t skimp on rent - it’s wise to lease a more expensive apartment or house in a known safe area. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs under USD $10, on average. In a mid-range restaurant, a three-course meal for two people runs around USD $35. Not used to Brazilian cuisine? No worries, restaurants of every stripe will set a table for you in Brazil when you need a taste of home.
You will see more evidence of your purchasing power if you scout around for your new home. It is not unusual to find a comfortable waterfront home for less than USD $90,000, or comparatively, a country estate with acres of land and a lovely home for less than USD $125,000.
As for drawbacks, Proficiency in English is uncommon, particularly far from the larger main cities. Violent crime is an acknowledged issue in large cities. Visitors and expats should always remain aware of their surroundings and store valuables in a safe place. You’ll likely want to visit Brazil several times before you make a final decision regarding your move and your landing spot.