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We always visit this beach while on Santa Maria. Usually not crowded, warm water, clean sandy... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
North Bend, Oregon
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Great spot on a sunny day

Lots of room for many people. Sand is nice with characteristic black streaks through it. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
Edmonton, Canada
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18 Oct 2018
“Great white sand beach”
20 Jun 2017
“Beautiful ”
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Bairro da Almagreira, Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 9580-405, Portugal
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Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

A great stretch of white sand beach...but no facilities! No changing rooms, Wc or showers. No snack bar or anything open in mid October so a bit disappointed.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

We always visit this beach while on Santa Maria. Usually not crowded, warm water, clean sandy beach. Restrooms, showers, snack bar and play area for small children.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank anitam81
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Lots of room for many people. Sand is nice with characteristic black streaks through it. Lots of parking and few eating spots in the area.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank ERDFirefighter
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Not far from Vila do Porto and easy to reach as is still on the less mountainous side of the Island. Nice beach with Lifeguard and good for Sun bath, swimm and beach sports, also great that is not so crowded. Toillets and showers also...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank José F
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

After a day around the island meeting other amazing places we stopped here to relax an enjoy the beach. We were surprised with the warm water. There where few people so we could be very comfortable. Totally recommended.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank filipe j
Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, sunbathing on the beach and tidal pools. Dressing facilities and a snack bar too. Great place to take the kids, just beware the jellyfish!

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank anitam81
Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

Started off here on a 7k walk to Porto. The oath is quite tricky at first and should only be attempted in wet weather if you are experienced walkers, fit and with full kit. At first there is quite a lot of scrambling over old...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Ratbag
Reviewed 15 August 2015

The images speak for themselves. Even better just spend a few days in this fantastic beach. It is internationally recognized. Coated by the finest white sand, the Praia Formosa is paradisiacal. I leave some advice for those who visit the island in August. Enjoy the...More

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank D C
Reviewed 23 June 2015

I enjoyed the beauty of this beautiful praia either on the ocean coast or high above on the south facing hillside .The old fort has an interesting history and I was surprised to see a substantial banana plantation close to the beach . In June...More

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank canadave2013
Reviewed 15 September 2014

Clean fine sand with crystal waters. Waves can be high. Nice little snack bar overlooking the beach. Showers and toilets on the beach.

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank dnatravelbug
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