Best to get this out of the way first: Recife is one of the more dangerous large cities in Brazil. You need to have street smarts here, but more on that in the safety section. Recife is the largest city in the northeast region of Brazil, and is the most important commercial centre in the region. Many bridges, rivers and small islands are responsible for it being dubbed “The Venice of Brazil.” It’s also known for prostitution, so be aware of this if you’re coming here for women-related purposes!
SEX AND DATING IN RECIFE
With a little Portuguese and with a little work ethic, you can make it happen here in Recife. Foreign tourists usually give this town a miss, favouring Fortaleza or Salvador instead, so you can bet that you’ll have a certain exotic factor. The major things that will prevent you from hooking-up in Recife will be safety (lack thereof) and logistics. Basically, you’re not going to want to be goofing around too much on the streets after dark, so you’ll need to pull a girl directly out the bar and hope that there’s a cab waiting for you if you haven’t called one already. Girls will also be reluctant to travel to wherever you’re sleeping when they have a perfectly nice bed at home with their parents. Unless you’re staying in an insanely experience apartment on the poshest street in Boa Viagem, expect resistance.
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WOMEN IN RECIFE
Depends on the neighbourhood, but the Boa Viagem hood both on and off the beach is impressive. It can’t compete with Florianopolis though. The bars and clubs in both the Boa Viagem and Soledade neighbourhoods have impressive talent, but not on the level that you’d see in Rio de Janeiro.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN RECIFE
$600 is the minimum price to rent a place in a decent neighbourhood.
NIGHTLIFE IN RECIFE
Tons of bars. Have you noticed that this seems to be a theme in Brazil? The people love to party! I will focus on Boa Viagem because it is where most tourists will stay.
I recommend: Iguana Cafe. I’m sure you didn’t come all the way to Brazil to hang out at a Mexican-themed bar, but this one is worth a look. And the people who come here are beautiful and not stuck up.
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IS RECIFE SAFE?
Recife is dangerous. Gang violence and petty crime are too common here. On streets, busses and taxis, robberies occur. Don’t wear jewellery. Don’t show off your cellphone. Don’t walk long distances for leisure.
COST OF LIVING IN RECIFE
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $754 USD/month to live in Recife, Brazil
It doesn’t quite cut it. The city is too dangerous and, unlike the equally dangerous city of Salvador, doesn’t offer enough to counteract that unfortunate fact. Rental properties here are also inexplicably expensive. If you are headed from Salvador to Fortaleza or Natal, you might as well pop in for a visit, but I wouldn’t suggest going too far out of your way to experience Recife.
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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