Brazilian Dating Guide For Men

It’s generally easy for a Western male to date in lower income countries, especially in Latin America.  Being a Westerner automatically associates you with money, and a chance for the girl to obtain a visa back to the richer country.  It also draws in girls who might be tired of the macho-infested culture and are eager for a change.  This is certainly true all over Latin America.

Except Brazil.

After spending more than a year in Rio, I thought I’d give some pointers to guys that are interested in going to Brazil and dating Brazilian women.

(Disclaimer: My experience is based on my stay in Rio de Janeiro — so if you’re staying elsewhere, your mileage may vary)

  1. The Rule
    The universal rule is that Brazilian girls usually fall into two camps, who exclusively date Brazilian guys and those that have dated and are open to dating foreigners (gringos).  This alone sets Brazil apart from the rest of Latin America.  Signs that a girl is open to dating a gringo, she has lived/travel abroad, she speaks great English, she had/has gringo friends, she hangs out in places where gringos go, etc.
  2. Speak Portuguese.
    This seems obvious, but it’s not.  If you only speak English, you will most likely meet girls who speak English and have travelled/lived in US (or Europe) and hang out around gringos (see #1 above).  On the other hand, if you speak Portuguese, you will meet all Brazilian girls, and it’ll be harder to filter which ones are open for dating a gringo.  Knowing Portuguese is obviously a plus, but not as important as it seems at first.
  3. Gringo Factor
    Unfortunately male gringos in Brazil have a negative reputation as prostitute seekers and exploiters of Brazil’s natural resources (i.e., women).  This creates a double standard.  The girls are especially sensitive to such stereotypes, and as a result they will take any negative “asshole-type” behavior very personally.  Even a light tease that’s culturally acceptable anywhere else can result in backlash, while the same behavior from a Brazilian guy can be totally acceptable.  This means in the initial encounter, refrain from any questionable teasing and keep things very friendly.
  4. Venue is important.
    If you go places that charge $50 cover, then you would expect to meet girls who are interested in meeting well-off guys.  However, if you go to street parties, and cheaper places, chances are the girls will be more down to earth.  In Rio, Ipanema and Leblon have the most beautiful, but richer girls, while Lapa and Botafogo have more down to earth variety.
  5. Looks are important.
    Rio is a beautiful city situated with mountainous landscapes and blessed with a gorgeous beach.  Girls are beautiful as well, always dressed to the nines, refusing to leave the house without without high heels.  They take care of themselves, and expect the same from guys.  So remember to GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) before you go to Rio.

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  6. Brazilian girls are direct
    Unlike in US or Europe, girls here play much less games.  When approaching a girl, the girl will know very quickly if you’re her type or not.  If things are not moving forward within the first 10-15 minutes, it won’t go anywhere.  Just politely eject and keep going.
  7. Be aggressive
    If on the other hand, things are progressing nicely, slowly go for a kiss after fifteen or twenty minutes of conversation.  A kiss doesn’t signify intimacy in Brazil, but kissing quickly is normal and is part of the mating ritual.
  8. Things move fast.
    After you get the number, it’s OK to call the next day and schedule a date for the following or same evening. You do not need to wait 2-4 days like in US.
  9. Keep it simple.
    I know in the West, dinner and movie is the norm.  In Brazil, keep dates simple.  Meet her at the beach, go for a drink at Devassa Bar in Ipanema.  Go to a Hippie Fair in Ipanema on Sunday afternoons, or just grab a coconut juice on the beach.  It doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated.  The cheaper the better.
  10. Have fun.
    Many guys get wrapped up in trying to attract the girl by impressing her.  This wouldn’t work in Brazil because above all Brazilian culture is extremely chill, and people value a relaxed atmosphere over a serious or deep conversation.  So don’t try too hard and just have a good time.

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43 Responses to Brazilian Dating Guide For Men

  1. Giovanni Rio February 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Finally a nice, down to earth & so correct post about carioca’s :))) . You’ll see that after spending time here the Leblon/Ipanema girls will be approachable as you’ll mingle in better & are able to get rid of the gringo status. I’m living here for about the same time as you, love every single day of it, but had to adapt my approach to women & thoughts I had about Brazilian women before coming over here. Keep up the good writing/work :)

    • mavtraveler February 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

      Appreciate the nice words, and the feedback!

      I lived in Rio for a few years, and it’s an awesome place with it’s own pros/cons. Having been out of Brazil (which I consider its own continent) for a while now, I now have some new realizations which probably deserve a post of its own.

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  2. Bluegreen Kirk March 15, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Nice tips and many have reasons to react to gringos the way they do. I agree that speaking Portuguese can be more harmful than helpful. I have plans to visit Ipanema later this year.

  3. Amin December 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    you are so funny,dude.i wanna go there for vacation for 15 days so this process will take there any shortcut for me to hang around?thx…..

  4. Igoralessander 2456 March 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    eu sou brasileiro e voces estam entrando no caminho certo.mas acho que falta um pouco!

  5. Aline April 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Hahahah I liked 5 last part..boa!

  6. Alexa May 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Lol, interesting… I think you got it right in most parts. Being a Brazilian girl who has dated a few foreigners (specially Americans) and who knows US culture very well, I can give you a female perspective of the tips you gave here. I agree with everything you said except for the when you mention guys should go for a kiss after 15-20 min of conversation, coming from a “gringo” that attitude would look odd, we know that you guys wouldn’t do that with american girls, why would you think you can do it here? Got it? That can ruin everything. Wait for the right moment to kiss the girl. That might take the whole night/afternoon / whaterever… but definitely kiss her before the night ends 😉

    • vikas June 4, 2012 at 4:06 am #

      i’ll wait for alexa for the whole afternoon…whole night…whole week and month…whole year…….and my whole life..

    • Maverick Traveler September 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      I’ve seen gringos do it within 15-20 mins of talking to a woman. However, there comes a point where the woman is waiting to be kissed. Takes a while of being in Brazil to “feel” that moment though :)

  7. Anthony Thomas August 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Time is not an issue for me. Decent tips but the Tan part, that does not apply to people of color nor does dressing properly. I am deciding between Brazil/Argentina or Central/Eastern/Northern Europe for LTR Only. This was helpful but only just, decent blog though.

  8. Jerry Fisher November 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    I read that you were most of your time in Rio. I was living up in the North East of Brazil for a year, in Recife, and found it a lot less expensive than Rio. Also it seemed much easier for Brazil dating. The main reason for this is that I found the beaches at Rio were mainly filled with tourists, as opposed to the beaches in the North East Brazil which were full of local Brazil Girls, and not many tourists from Europe.
    I actually arranged my visit through the RomanticoBrazil website, although I did have a lady to stay with that I met on-line. I would say that the North East is definately the best area of Brazil for Brazilian dating.

    • steve June 8, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      what website would you recommend to meet a Brazilian girl online and it not be some rip off just to get $50 bucks w/o real girls being on there.. which one did you use?

      • michi July 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

        In US u can find lots of brazilian girls at “plenty of fish” or “ok cupid”. They are 99% living in US for long or short time. All my brazilian girl friends are there.

    • Ivi July 4, 2013 at 2:28 am #

      For sure.
      I’m from Salvador! I can tell.. 😀

  9. Marcelo November 9, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    Hi all, my name is Marcelo, im from Chile, i’m the kind of guy who has not too much sexual, dating or hanging-out experience with girls, im 21 now, i met a girl from Brazil in internet, and what the article says is true, but except for the fact that i cant do anything from the webcam haha. Well, im a bit worried about the posibilities to date girls around 18 – 25, because i’ll be around 23 when i get money for travel and meet this beautiful country and the expected friendly people. Also there is a fact that i look older than my real age (27 sometimes), so that’s why i ask about that range age of brazilian girls (18 – 25). Another thing is that Chilean girls are a more cold, they dont hang.out too much, chilean girls just kiss once or fell in love, and they are a bit more hypocrites in relationships. Well, i’ll like to know the age of you guys, overall of the writer of this article, to know how to get a very nice experience even if a to old to date this kind of girls. Thank you very much, and sorry for my english, i’m still trying to improve it (not google translator used). See ya!

  10. Flavio Cavalcanti December 8, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    If you’re a normal foreigner looking for a decent girl just try to be honestly yourself. In general a Brazilian man suits better a Brazilian girl mainly because of the natural mutual understanding, however the human being factor should be the most important asset. A man can sense the responsiveness of a woman, no matter where.

  11. João December 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Great advice. I’ve been living in Rio for a while and your advice is spot on.

  12. Pat December 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Easier said than done :)

  13. Jerry Fisher December 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Marcelo…reading your post, I don’t think the ‘age thing’ that you mention is going to be a problem for you. It sounds like you will be at a perfect age for Dating by the time that you go. It you want to look at some of the Recife girls, that I mentioned above, before you go, go here, like I did, to
    I am about ‘double your age’… but usually, you will find, that Brazil woman (un-like European ones) don’t mind men that are quite a bit long as they can support themselves…i.e…Have some money and a job !

    • jahlil October 23, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      Jerry. Do you have any personal or financial interest in the website you have been mentioning?

  14. Denise June 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    ell, as a Brazilian (carioca) lady, I would like to say about being aggressive and move fast will be only welcome if the guy are very confident that we really liked him and we had strong physical attraction because I if we are not ready yet, that quick move can spoil the whole date. Brazilian like long talks..long intelligent conversation before any touch. Unless is a soft touch :) If you guys love the Brazilian ladies and the culture, please check my website out, Please read the Terms of use before you get your free trial with no commitment with the web..but with the girls! they are all waiting for a serious single gentlemen who knows how to treat a woman like a lady, how should always be :) Good luck!

  15. Luisa August 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    This seems ridiculous…!! I’m from Rio and like, 10% of that is true. Sure, we are chill but not all girlies over here are like that. There are A LOT of weirdos and less popular (or whatevs) people. Idek, lol

  16. dj August 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Yeah, kisses doesn’t mean anything there!
    Dentists even tests their patients’ saliva with a wet kiss before anything else!

    • Marina Faeda August 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      “A kiss doesn’t signify intimacy in Brazil, but kissing quickly is normal and is part of the mating ritual.”

      That was ridiculous to read, thus my bf’s comment above mine. (Yeah, kisses doesn’t mean anything there!
      Dentists even tests their patients’ saliva with a wet kiss before anything else!)

      I’m a brazilian woman, and if I’m talking to a guy and he simple decides to kiss me after no matter what time without telling me, I would slap him. And not just because I have a boyfriend!

      It’s easy to mistake interest, because, I admit, brazilians are more “open” to talk and touch while talking, unlike other people around the world, but that doesn’t mean we expect kisses or even that kisses don’t mean intimacy. They may not mean a compromise, but intimacy is another thing entirely!

      I would be more carefull if I were you! I was offended by that, and am sure other women would be too!

      • Don Juan September 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

        You sound like someone who would be offended by a lot of things. Girls don’t want a guy to ask before he kisses them, no girl is turned on by that. Also if you are slapping guys for trying to kiss you then you clearly have attitude problems.

        • Myllena Lara December 6, 2014 at 12:06 am #

          so you see a girl and start kissing her?

  17. souza October 26, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    ” slowly go for a kiss after fifteen or twenty minutes of conversation. ” lie this -.-” …..
    nt believe this… this post is fake …tsc tsc

  18. Laura November 22, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    Maverick, dearest, you just forgot to say that these girls you’ve just mentioned are only available in Copacabana at night, and they do charge you! Not to mention that some of them are not even girls (in case you hadn’t noticed when you kissed them in the first 15min.)!!!

    Regular Brazilian girls NEVER fall for sexist assholes like yourself and your followers.

    Cheers mate!

  19. brazil is a sesspool December 2, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    You failed to tell men that cohabiting in Brazil with a women that a man is held accountable to alimony should the two part.

    You also failed to mention that all the stereotypes about Brazil women being whores of all economic levels are true.

    If you don’t have the ability to get with an American woman than develop yourself. Brazilian women have been taught that their primary assest is ass or beauty of some sort. They expect that American men are rich, which you typically are as most of these people are extremely poor and ignorant.

    • Myllena Lara December 6, 2014 at 12:04 am #

      the text is right, you’re being a asshole, no one brazilian girl would want you if you think that get easy, try cheaper prostitutes.

    • Myllena Lara December 6, 2014 at 12:04 am #

      you’re being a asshole, no one brazilian girl would want you if you think that get easy, try cheaper prostitutes.

    • Mari June 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      someone got dumped by a brazilian woman….faggot haha

  20. Sue March 1, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

    Thats cool and real, man. Im brazilian from Sao Paulo and the same rule is here. For the first time I read an article who keeps respect and TRUTH about what it takes to have a chance on us.
    Thanks for posting

  21. Ben Popov March 5, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    I met, for the first time in my life, a Brazilian girl in the USA in 1999. We’ve been talking for a few months over the Internet before we met in person and kissed after the first 15 min or so. This girl is my wife for 15 years already! :-) Love is life!

  22. Pamela from Rio March 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    woww! I really liked what you wrote about us!!!
    thanks! =)

  23. goodson March 22, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    If a Brazilian chick admires you already then you only just need to say your name and where you come from ,and she will do the rest for you , all you need to do is to be available and open for her to feel free about kissing you and doing what ever she likes so long you are willing ..
    Women are like shoes made for men to wear but definitely every pair or shoes dont fit every man ,so men should go in for their right sizes ,same thing applies with women too .

  24. Amanda April 5, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Nice post, i’m brazilian and i didn’t gree with one topic… if a brazilian or foreigner man (but seems worse from foreigners) try to kiss me after 20 min of talking it will be very nasty…:(

  25. Steve April 13, 2015 at 12:04 am #

    Great stuff, Maverick. I’ve been following you for years and I must say this information is spot on. Remember now: Brazilian women MUST be feminine because most of Brazil is a sex paradise for men. Literally, American guys go down there to bang the pros without speaking 1 word of Portuguese. When you have lots of options, it makes you very picky. Thus, why Brazilian women love direct men. There’s so many options that she doesn’t want to play game. The cards are stacked in your favor.

    I won’t go into the dating scene in the USA and UK because it’s such a joke. I rather not discuss it anyway. Brazil is the best country for men in the western hemisphere. However, you need to use common sense as well. I’ve seen lots of gringos end up in bad situations (including myself) due to lack of cultural understanding and just plain foolishness.

    That’s why I wrote a book on everything you need to know before you visit Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is pretty big but I still think Rio is the best city in the country.

    Check out my book called Rio de Janeiro for Beginners. It’s available for sale on Amazon.

    I wrote the book after spending 1 year living in Brazil. There’s a lot of good information online but I think you will benefit from reading my book. If Maverick is interested in reading it, I can hook you up with a copy for free.

    Thanks again for the great blog and I’m looking forward to your commentary on Eastern Europe. I got a friend who fell in love with a Russian girl last year and he’s been begging me to go there. I’m still on the fence, but would like to hear your thoughts about Russia. Thanks Maverick!

  26. The Kid August 29, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    Keep in mind when people in these articles say Brazilian girls they mean brown girls; generally mulatas, pardas, and light skin Portuguese females. Do not think you will go to Brazil and land a blonde blue eyed girl. Also, the far south of the country RS/SC/PR is basically a different country from Rio, and this area is White-Brazil. They are more like Argies than Cariocas.

    In any SA country the White girls are generally off limits. If going to Porto Alegre splurge and hire a Gaucha escort.

  27. Mat October 18, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    I am in Brazil now and it doesn’t seem like a good description.
    Lets say that the majority of Brazilian girls are not beautiful or even cute. Many have bad faces, LOTS of fat girls. I would say the average girl is not more attractive than an American girl and definitely much less attractive than Colombian. Maybe in clubs the situation is better, but on the streets you are lucky if you see an attractive girl in an hour.

    They do play games, a lot. Lots of flaking, lots of lies.

    Every hot girl in Brazil has lots of hungry men after her, so she is not gonna feel like you are a catch. She is a catch and she knows it.

    of course, this is my experience and this is mostly about Sao Paulo, but saying “Brazil is sex paradise for men” is complete bullshit.

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