1. Take a dip at Santa Bárbara Beach
After so many baths in thermal waters and natural pools, let’s be real snobs and say, can’t we just swim in the sea? Santa Bárbara Beach, on the island’s northern coast, is the longest stretch of sand in the archipelago: over one kilometer of fine, dark sand, and the most-coveted waves in São Miguel.
If sand is indeed what you like, check out São Miguel’s top 5 beaches: Santa Bárbara (1km), Água de Alto (560m), Milícias (330m), Pópulo (180m) and Moinhos (120m).