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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Brazil. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Brazil?

What is it like to retire in Brazil?

"There are many activities but not necessarily targeted at retirees or expats. The Latin way of life is a family life which extends from babies to those in their 90's. If you get to know Brazilians, you become part of their group and are invited to their gatherings. There are museums, the beach, gyms etc, although I don't attend these with other expats, just friends," remarked another retiree in Taiba.

"Great ...yes ... lots of expats here. Cultural ... mostly music shows ... recreation, the beaches, parties, clubs ... night life, same," said a retiree who moved to Jacumá, Conde, Paraiba, Brazil.

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What advice do overseas retirees have for others considering retiring abroad?

"I would tell someone to definitely rent before you commit to buying. Living here is much different than being here on a holiday. Buy a television and learn the language as soon as possible," added another person in Taiba.

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What are the most challenging aspects of retiring in Brazil?

"For us it was getting to grips with the language. We are far from fluent yet we still get by. In our area, most people still don't speak English. In saying that, Brazilians are some of the most gracious and polite people, and are patient with our attempts to make ourselves understood," explained one retiree living in Taiba.

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What are the most rewarding aspects of retiring in Brazil?

"The lack of stress has to be the best thing about living in Brazil. Latin countries, seem to be very laid back when it comes to time. Once you adapt to this, stress seems to melt away," said another retiree in living in Taiba, Brazil.

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What are healthcare services like in Brazil?

We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Brazil. They wrote:

"We use the state medical system and have found it to be satisfactory. Although some of the services aren't included, it is affordable. For example, a mammogram is circa $40," explained a retiree in Taiba.

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How do I meet people in Brazil?

When we asked people living in Brazil about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"International Newcomers, wonderful start if you don't know the language at all. Most nationalities have their own clubs and organizations; huge expat community. Excellent schools. Very busy social diary if that's what you want, otherwise enjoy the best part of Brazil: the Brazilians," commented one retiree living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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What is life like in Brazil?

When we asked people living in Brazil what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Peoples lives, no joke, revolve around the beach and sports. You will meet many people by just going to the beach or walking on the beach front and around the Lagoa (lagoon). Brazilians are very easy going; they talk to you all the time and everywhere. Some knowledge of the language is essential. Nobody, outside the tourist industry, speaks any English or any other language for that matter, but Portuguese," said a retiree who moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Brazil?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Brazil, they said:

"Great place to live; perfect climate; friendly people. Come with a job in view and leave your valuables in your home country. You are going to have the time of your life," said another retiree in Rio de Janeiro.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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