Living the dream


When Tony and his wife Sue were caught in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami that devastated hundreds of thousands of lives, they wanted more than to return to the rat race of suburban life, they wanted to 'live the dream'. After careful consideration, or possibly in a moment of insanity, they gave up their careers, sold up all their belongings and moved to Moreré, a tiny, isolated fishing village on the tip of the Island of Boipeba.


 Boipeba sits 200 kilometres south of Salvador in the North East of Brazil and is an island of rare natural beauty. No cars are permitted on the island - all transport is on foot, horseback or by tractor and whilst tourism is gradually growing, Boipeba has managed to avoid mass tourism making it an ideal destination for people who want to relax and "get away from it all."

Moreré is a small fishing village with 250 inhabitants and is situated on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. It is famous for its long stretches of near deserted beaches and restaurants serving local seafood dishes of freshly caught lobster, octopus, prawns, crabs and clams and it was here where Tony and Sue, with no knowledge of the local language and no previous experience in the hospitality business, opened a "pousada" or guest house.

Ten years later and they are still there albeit having sold the pousada and moved to a little house on the beach where they now spend six months a year still living the dream. 

Paradise my Ass! is a charming and witty account of their experiences as they got to grips with life in Brazil and  will have you yearning for white sands and adventure.

Try it for yourself by renting their house on the beach whilst Sue and Tony are travelling, looking for new adventures. For more details contact