Rio de Janeiro

Population: 158,739,257

Coastline: 7,491 km

Mostly tropical, but temperate in south

Mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt

Natural resources:
Iron ore, manganese, bauxite, nickel, uranium, phosphates, tin, hydropower, gold, platinum, petroleum, timber

Languages: Portuguese (official), Spanish, English, French
About Saquarema

Brigitte Bardot called it an "aphrodisiacal wonderland"

Nestled in a mountain valley 95 kilometres north of Rio de Janeiro, Saquarema feels light years away from the colourful madness of Rio. With none of the urban violence but all of the Brazilian charm. The Brazilians call it the region of the lakes.

Over the last few years, Saquarema has considerably beefed up its infrastructure and attractions. The inauguration of the Brazilian Olympic volleyball training centre brought a wave of world class athletes. Now their fans are arriving. The WTC Pro Surf tour was held in Saquarema and the world discovered one of Rio's best kept secrets - Itaúna Beach.

Why invest in Saquarema?

  • 20 kms of white sandy beaches
  • Four beautiful salt lagoons
  • Fish a-plenty
  • Surrounded by mountains
  • Active and leisurely life all year round
  • Close to Rio but without its problems
  • Inexpensive Real Estate, but values increasing
  • Clean air, no pollution
  • Very high quality lifestyle
  • Proposed marina due to start building soon
  • Population of only 52,000

Sports and leisure
Saquarema is far more than endless beaches! The area is one the most beautiful in the world with lagoons, mountains and waterfalls, people call it the lake district of Brazil. So of course Saquarema is an optimal place for every kind of sporting activity.

  • Sea-sports and lagoons
  • Surf / Volleyball Mecca
  • Paragliding and Kites
  • Sailing / Windsurfing
  • Airport / Ultra light
  • Horse-Riding / Fishing
  • Outdoor / Trekking
  • Kayak / Catamaran

The designated area contains a beach of about 20 kilometres in length! In the centre of Saquarema the whole area is almost completely built on but on the edges it is more open. Open land with original vegetation is already very rare and partly protected by the environmental authorities. Saquarema's strict environmental regulations, introduced to protect a huge seaside lake, nature reserves, ancient burial grounds and the beach, have discouraged industry. The tourism push, therefore, promises to create jobs in a town dependent on government paychecks. Indeed, dozens of young men are stationed throughout the city painting sidewalks, curbs and signs. Hundreds more work on road crews. Soon, instead of painting sidewalks, these crews will be planting trees, installing bike lanes and sitting in lifeguard towers.

Saquarema is the centre of administration. Here you will find the town hall and the famous church on the hill overlooking the sea. Here are the town beaches with a lot of small beach bars and restaurants but not all are open all year round. Also in Saquarema festive and musical events take place and alongside these you will find the market stalls in the central square

Roberto Marinho, the owner of Rede Globo, the biggest TV-station in Brazil, had until his death his vacation home with own golf course in Jacone. He (besides Niki Lauda and some TV-actors) was until now one of the few people with foresight who had a clear vision of the extraordinary future of Saquarema.

Now there are plans to create a marina right in the centre of Saquarema. Government-owned oil company Petrobras has found more oil. That means under Brazil's energy royalty system, Saquarema should be gushing with oil revenue. Its dream of a sustainable, eco-friendly tourist town may, ironically, be financed by an oil well. This project will surely increase tourism and property prices are expected to increase even more over the next few years.


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