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Living in Canoa Quebrada, Brazil

Canoa Quebrada is a small beach town located 163km south of Fortaleza. This small fishing town charmed backpackers, who were traveling through the north of Brazil in the 70s, to stay. Slowly, this town has been growing due to tourism, but it is unknown to most travelers.

Beach of Canoa Quebrada on Brazil Alamy/Stefan Ember

The coast has many fine sand beaches backed by huge pink sand dunes. Hippy travelers have made this town a family-oriented beach destination. Outdoor activities include excursions in dune buggies, horseback riding, sailing in a ‘jangada’ boat, mountain biking, sandboarding, kitesurfing, and windsurfing.

Cost of Living

Brazil is not an expensive destination compared to other places in the world and in the last few years, the Brazilian real has become a stronger currency. Canoa Quebrada , tends to be cheaper than the main cities in Brazil since it’s a small town situated in the north.

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Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (for a couple)

 
Expense Monthly Cost Notes
Mortgage Not included here as too variable.
Transportation R$200 Public Transportation
Electricity, Water, Gas R$550 On average with air conditioning.
Cell phone R$165 Prepaid minutes.
Internet R$114 Approximate cost, usually comes as a bundle with cable TV and landline.
Household help R$170 Cleaning once every two weeks.
Entertainment R$450 Eating out twice a week at a mid-range local restaurant; (local) drinks twice a week; movie theater trip twice a month.
Groceries R$1000 Basic items for a couple. This includes wine, beer, and some imported organic foods.
Medical appointment R$215 Basic checkup in a private hospital.
Total R$2,864

Eating out:

  • A beer: Can range from R$8.20 to R$13.66
  • Rum & Coke (or other local drink): Can range from R$21.85 to R$32.78
  • A coffee: R$12
  • A sandwich (or equivalent): Approximately R$25
  • Average cost of a meal out per person: R$50

Infrastructure

Canoa Quebrada is a small town with good infrastructure. This town has well-paved roads, hotels, shops, restaurants and is served by the Dragão do Mar Airport, near Aracati.

Climate

The sun shines all year long, except between the months of March and May when it tends to rain. The weather in this region is semi-arid. The average temperature year-round is 80°F (27°C), with an annual high of 100.4°F (38°C), and a low of 69.8°F (21°C).

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