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First trip recommendations for August

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First trip recommendations for August

We are a young couple visiting the Island of Sao Miguel for seven days at the end of August. I've read lots of information online but I always prefer to get recommendations from local people or those that have been before. Could anyone suggest:

- Must visit beaches (the less busy and secluded the better)

- Whale watching/boat trips

- Good local restaurants

- Hiking trails - we are both active so are keen for some challenging climbs

- Canoe hire

- Beaches that offer a good range of water sports - surfing, diving

- Areas of natural beauty - must see lagoons, waterfalls, lakes

- Any other hints and tips you have from visiting the Island

Thanks :)

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1. Re: First trip recommendations for August

Beaches are not very busy in Açores, (Acores is not a beach destination) of course that those close to Ponta Delgada will have more locals having a day at the beach. You have several diving companies there, but they are located in Ponta Delgada or other towns. The same regarding whale watching, look for them in town. Go to Furnas for the volcanic experience, go to the pool at Terra Nostra park or at Dona Beija http://www.pocadadonabeija.com/indexENG.php

With 7 days there and a car go around, "lost yourself" and you'll find the most secluded places. Go to the tea plantations, walk around the lagoons, etc here are some trails www.walkmeguide.com/en/azores/trails-list

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2. Re: First trip recommendations for August

Thank you that's really useful. So are there not that many beaches on the island? We were hoping to find beaches we could go swimming in the sea in when we're there.

We definitely want to do a whale watching boat trip? Is August a particularly good time for whale spotting? Any recommendations for good tour companies?

The hot thermal pools sounds amazing, we will add that to our to-do list.

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3. Re: First trip recommendations for August

Like 64novpt said the Azores is not a beach destanation, but posible to go to the beach from June to September with Ocean Temperatures around 22º to 23º average or 74 to 76 F maxium 80GF or 25º C.

On São Miguel is organized the world surf Tourment on the North side of this Island "Santa Barbara" beach, probaly the best beach on the North side and "Àgua d´álto" beach on the South side and there is more on the Island or on the other islands, natural swimming pools, and termal swimming or bathing places....

Restaurantes:

"Delicias do Mar, Traineira, Mariserra, and one at cose to the fishing dock in Caloura area" for great fish.

"São Pedro, Bar Aliança, Alcides, Associação Agricola" for meat

"Rotas" Vegetarian

"Miroma and Tony" for the "Cozido das Furnas".

"Ala Bote, Silva" and a few more...

Here is a great site fo rhiking trails on the Azores:

http://trails.visitazores.com/en

I wish you a nice vacation to the Azores!

Gary Travassos

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4. Re: First trip recommendations for August

Thank you for the recommendations :)

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5. Re: First trip recommendations for August

Gary has given you some great suggestions. I think Santa Barbara beach is my favorite, but another more sheltered beach, also beautiful is in Porto Formoso. There are many natural pools as well where you can get into the water from the rocks in other areas of the island. These areas are so breathtakingly beautiful, you will want to explore them as well. Enjoy your trip and let me know if you need anymore advice. Lisa

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