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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)

ExpenseMonthly CostNotes
Mortgage-Not included here as too variable.
TransportationR$200Public Transportation
Electricity, Water, GasR$550On average with air conditioning.
Cell phoneR$165Prepaid minutes.
InternetR$114Approximate cost, usually comes as a bundle with cable TV and landline.
Household helpR$170Cleaning once every two weeks.
EntertainmentR$450Eating out twice a week at a mid-range local restaurant; (local) drinks twice a week; movie theater trip twice a month.
GroceriesR$1000Basic items for a couple. This includes wine, beer, and some imported organic foods.
Medical appointmentR$215Basic checkup in a private hospital.
TotalR$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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