Retire To Maceió, Brazil

Retire To The Beach In Brazil On US$1,400 Per Month

“When it comes to making a terrific first impression,” writes Contributing Editor Christian MacDonald in the copy he’s just submitted for this month’s issue of my Overseas Retirement Letter, “the beachfront city of Maceió in Northeast Brazil is hard to beat.

“In fact,” Christian continues, “when I crested the hill on my initial approach to the beach, the view to the sea was so impressive that I missed my turn and got lost.

“When I finally hit the beachfront promenade, I was treated to a gleaming, modern city. Of all the places I’ve visited in the country, with a view on retirement, Maceió now stands the top of the ranks.

“Perhaps the best part is that you can buy a large, three-bedroom apartment here for less than US$75,000.

“And then you could live in it on a budget of less than US$1,400 per month.

“Maceió is modern, clean, and elegant…with miles of brilliant, white-sand beaches studded with colorful umbrellas and bordered by tall, swaying palms. Its warm turquoise waters gently lap the shores as beachgoers from all over enjoy the sun and sand.

“The long beachfront is the main attraction in town, and it’s one of the best you’ll find in Brazil. It’s as naturally beautiful as they come, but without the bothersome vendors, beggars, and obvious sex trade that you’ll see in other, better-known capital cities.

“The waterfront drive is wide and pleasant, leading from one neighborhood to the next, each with its own special appeal.

“Along this drive, a well-maintained boardwalk runs beside the beach. It is energetic and bustling, and offers a shady walkway, small kiosks, and fresh-fruit stands, as well as both casual and classy seafood dining. The general look and feel is rustic and low-key, but that appearance belies the quality of some of the restaurants that you’ll find here.

“The boardwalk is made even more bright and cheerful by the sunshine and openness it enjoys, thanks to Maceió’s eight-story limit on the high rises at the waterfront…and the width of the waterfront drive itself.

“Just offshore, a protective reef keeps Maceió’s waters calm, making the beaches–some wide and some narrow–perfect for swimming. The hustle and bustle of the beach slowly changes as you drive to the north, giving way to a quiet, wooded residential area near Maceió’s yacht club.

“In the mornings, the waterfront road is partially closed to traffic (some days, fully closed) to allow everyone room to jog, walk, and bike…and sometimes listen to the live music along the boardwalk.

“Home to almost 900,000 people, Maceió offers everything you’ll need for full-time living…”

Christian’s complete report on retiring to the beach in Maceió is in production now. The guide includes a fully detailed budget of monthly expenses, plus everything you’d need to know about health care, establishing residency, buying property, and banking if you were to decide to make Maceió your new retirement home, either full- or part-time. The report will be fulfilled to all Overseas Retirement Letter subscribers on Sept. 15.


Kathleen Peddicord