Macaé is a city located in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, 180 km northeast of the state capital. Its population was recorded as 206,748 in 2010 and the municipal covers an area of 1,216 km².
Macaé is generally considered to be the centre of the Brazilian offshore petroleum industry. As a consequence it is often referred to as “Cidade do Petróleo” (“City of Petroleum”). The Brazilian state-controlled oil company – Petrobras – has many facilities within the town. Macaé is one of the fastest-growing cities in Brazil, with a growth of 600% within the last 10 years. Macaé Airport is served by scheduled flights and concentrates operations to off-shore platforms.
Other economic activities in the city include tourism and fishing. These two sectors were very important for the city’s revenues before the 1980s. The city has a growing reputation for high-quality technical education and training.
Although the city has some touristic potential, the lack of investiments on this area makes its growth to be very small.Its most famous beaches are Cavaleiros and Pecado. The interior of the municipality has small rural towns such as Sana and Frade.
The city has an expatriate community (mainly English-speaking) of around 1,000 people – many of whom are connected directly or indirectly to the oil and gas industry.
This town needs hotels, restaurants and other related businesses and services to accommodate the growing business tourism industry.
Investments in housing and also a sure shot as this city is poised to grow. Nearby cities as Rio das Ostras are good opportunities as well.