John Clites

John Clites is a U.S. citizen currently living in Brazil under permanent residence. He divides his time between teaching English, writing about Brazil, and maintaining an on-again, off-again blog.

Continuing Our Tour Of Sao Paulo’s North Shore Real Estate

Sao Paulo Coastline North Shore Brazil

São Paulo’s North Shore—Part II: Caraguatatuba And Ubatuba Last week I began a trip with you along the North Shore coastline of Brazil, south of Rio de Janeiro. We looked at Bertioga, São Sebastião, and Ilhabela and sampled a few real estate opportunities along the way. If you missed last week’s story, read it here to get …

Continuing Our Tour Of Sao Paulo’s North Shore Real Estate Read More »

The São Paulo Coast: Great Beaches And Bargain Real Estate

Brazil Beach Near Sao Paulo

Brazil is renowned for its gorgeous beaches. At least once a year, during Carnival, you’ll see panoramic shots of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, framed by those iconic granite cones, called morros. But with over 4,500 miles of coastline, Brazil has much more to offer. South of Rio de Janeiro, in the neighboring state of São Paulo, …

The São Paulo Coast: Great Beaches And Bargain Real Estate Read More »

Guarujá, Brazil: A Laid-Back Beach Town With Relaxed Property Prices

Guarujá Brazil

A Tale Of Two Cities, Part 2: Guarujá Last week we visited Santos on the coast of the state of São Paulo in Brazil. Just across the estuary from Santos lies Guarujá. Though only four minutes from Santos by balsa (ferry), Guarujá is quite different in many respects. Whereas Santos bustles, Guarujá is more of …

Guarujá, Brazil: A Laid-Back Beach Town With Relaxed Property Prices Read More »

Santos: Brazil’s Bustling Island City With Gardens Galore

Brazil, Santos

A Tale of Two Cities, Part 1: Santos Likely you’ve never heard of Santos. Almost certainly you’ve never heard of her sister city across the estuary, Guarujá. But every Brazilian has. These cities lie about one hour southeast of the city of São Paulo. Each is situated on a large coastal island, and though each …

Santos: Brazil’s Bustling Island City With Gardens Galore Read More »

Cali, Colombia: An Urban Setting With Plenty Of Green Space

An Urban Setting With Plenty Of Green Space

My workout over, I wipe my brow and walk over to chat with Sergio. Sergio comes to Parque El Ingenio almost every day to sell agua de panela—water flavored with brown cane sugar and lime—to the folks who exercise at what I have come to call “The Flintstones Gym.” The equipment here is homemade. Barbells …

Cali, Colombia: An Urban Setting With Plenty Of Green Space Read More »

Curitiba, Brazil: Low Cost, High-Quality Life In The “Other Brazil”

Curitiba, Brazil: Low Cost, High-Quality Life

Curitiba: High Culture At Low Cost If you are planning to move when you retire, likely you’ll strive to balance a high quality of life with a reasonable cost of living—which is not always an easy task. A city which offers both—though you may never have heard of it—is Curitiba, in southern Brazil. People from …

Curitiba, Brazil: Low Cost, High-Quality Life In The “Other Brazil” Read More »

Valencia, Spain: Food, History, And Affordable Property

Valencia, Spain: Food, History, And Affordable Property

Spain has long been a popular destination for casual visitors and retirees alike. A convivial culture, generally agreeable climate, reasonable cost of living, and superb food are just a few of the reasons for Spain’s perpetual popularity. But Spain is quite diverse—really more a loosely-knit group of largely autonomous and disparate comunidades more so than …

Valencia, Spain: Food, History, And Affordable Property Read More »