Pros and Cons of Living in Brazil

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Brazil.

What are the pros and cons of living in Brazil?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Brazil responded:

"The best thing here is the weather.I do not miss the cold. I really like the cost of living and the landscape here: beaches one side, mountains on the other. Culturally it's much quieter than I'm used to with very little in the way of cultural offerings," said another expat in Vila Velha.

"I like the social scene, with bar/butecos, good live music, and good ingredients available to cook the food I like. I like that it is nearly 1st World in development, having worked in several countries in Africa. As an ecologist, I love the biodiversity in the city and country. I don't like selfish people but have them in my country as well. I don't like dishonest people, but have them in my country as well. I wish it was warmer here in the winter, but it is not so bad. I don't like social inequality but it too exists in my country," remarked another expat in Belo Horizonte.

"I love living here. My monthly expenses including rent, utilities, food, health insurance, and TV/Internet are around US$1,000 a month. I do not own a car, but everything is within walking distance of my house. I have a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment in a high rise building," explained one expat living in Londrina.

"I've lived in Sao Paulo for 5 years and now here in Praia da Pipa for 5 more years. We are very happy with Pipa as it is safe, has great people living here and has an excellent infrastructure. I have fiber optics internet with 300 mbps download and there are 3 competing companies located within this service area. The exchange is currently R$1.00 = $5.35 USD so our money goes a long way. Natal is located 1 hour drive from our house and we chose to purchase a car. So we can go to Natal, a metro city of 1.3 million people.........so if we can't find what we are looking for here in Pipa we can drive to Natal for better quality groceries, medical care, etc," said another expat in living in Praia da Pipa, Brazil.

"Pipa has many of the wonderful top rated beaches in Brazil. Dolphins are often swimming in the shallow parts near the beaches for some great photos. Pipa is a large sea turtle preserve where the turtles often come onto the beaches to build their next and lay their eggs. One must put up with the tourist, but the infrastructure for the city is wonderful with full sewage, water and high speed internet. I have fiber optics with 300 mbps download and 60 mbps upload," added another expat in Praia da Pipa.

"Pipa is a beautiful beach and tourist town with a very good infrastructure. Water & sewage is well established and there are 3 different high speed internet companies to choose form. I have 300 mbps download so watching movies on line is no problem. Pipa has many small grocery stores and 1 large so finding thing you need is easy but the prices are based on being a tourist area and are high higher than in Natal. As an expat the cost of living here in Pipa and Brazil is much lower than my home country," explained one expat living in Praia da Pipa.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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