During the past eight years, I’ve spent hundreds of days and thousands of car miles traveling in Northeast Brazil—the region extending from the state of Bahia in the south, to the city of São Luís in the north. Everyone has their favorite city in the Northeast, the most popular of which include Salvador, João Pessoa, Maceió, and Natal.
But Fortaleza stands out among its peers, and easily has the broadest appeal among the Northeast’s cities. For a property buyer, it has everything you could ask for, from elegant, beachfront living to chic city neighborhoods, in one of the world’s best places for full-amenity city living.
The city—along with its surrounding beach destinations—has been a major draw for foreign residential investors. And it’s also a hub for Brazilians, Europeans, and North Americans seeking a second home, drawn by Fortaleza’s fine sandy beaches, great weather, and rich lifestyle.
And tourism plays an important role here, too. Fortaleza is one of the most visited cities in Brazil for international tourists and is frequently the number-one destination in Brazil for Brazilian tourists.
Granted, none of us are looking for tourists, or tourist annoyances. But it pays to remember that tourism became popular here because of the fantastic weather and beaches, which run for an amazing 16 miles (25 km) in the city. And when you think of city beaches, it’s unlikely that you’ll picture these beaches, with their fine white sand and turquoise waters. Continue reading