When to Go:
We were in Sao Miguel in August, THE height of tourist season. You’d never know it. It was not crowded, in my opinion, at all. The airport was jammed on our outbound flight (arrive 2 hours early!) but that’s about it. If you’ve been anywhere in high season – traffic, long lines ,and crowded streets are expected. This is NOT the case in the Azores. I wouldn’t stress about when you go – even high season didn’t seem like high season. Terra Nostra Hotel fills quickly so make your hotel and ferry ticket to the crater at Vila Franca do Campo in advance.
What to Skip:
Whale-watching. It’s supposed to be great here but we did it and saw 2 pods of dolphins and no whales. It’s a 4-5 hour boat ride, $140 and almost a whole day of riding on a big boat. Wish we punted. My daughter and I fell asleep and Paul answered emails. We used the company Picos de Aventura. Had we stayed another day we would have likely done a canyoning or canoeing trip with them, so check instead of whale watching.
Don’t pack too many super cute clothes. You’re outdoors all day so keep it casual and, of course, bring comfy shoes. I’d bring a rain jacket just in case as it rains for about 20 minutes every day.
Please go to the Azores. You’ll thank me, as I thank my friend Timothy Drinkwine who, after a year of world travels, told me these islands were his favorite too. Bookending this blog with that loaded “favorite” word again..but daaaang!!!
Thanks for reading and sharing, now time for you to plan and save for this trip! I dare you to count how many times you say “OMG this is so BEAUTIFUL!”