The Azores is not well known at the moment as a destination for surfing holidays, but with its year round mild climate and sea temperatures which average 15 to 22 degrees C, this will probably change.
Surfing soon becomes a way of life and this is certainly true for Josephine and Ricardo who run the Azores Surf Centre on the island of São Miguel. Their mission is a simple one; “to provide a friendly, personal and professional service for those who want to learn to surf or improve their surfing skills”. Their philosophy is one of respect for the ocean and the oceanic environment around the Azores.
The centre is situated on Santa Barbara beach of north coast of São Miguel (close to Ribeira Grande) and during the summer months the ocean on this part of the island tends to offer consistent conditions for both beginners and the experienced to enjoy a successful surfing holiday. During the winter months beaches on the south coast tend to be used at they offer more protection from the larger winter swell.
All abilities can be catered for, but the minimum age for beginners is 7 years. All equipment can be provided, you just need to bring a bathing suit, towel and sunblock.
All instructors are the centre are certified by the Portuguese Federation of Surfing, International Surfing Association and the Academy of surfing Instructors.
Azores Choice provided a prompt, helpful service. they found us the perfect accommodation for our needs and provided superb, expert advice on how to spend our week walking on San Miguel. I would certainly use them again.
Joan from Durham
Recommended small travel company!
Great little company with friendly staff. Organisation of flights & accommodation very efficient. When problems arise they are helpful and very reasonable in their efforts to resolve them. We would definitely use them again for a return trip.
Really great! Would use again!
Very efficient, friendly, helpful. Excellent local knowledge. Everything ran very smoothly, from supplying the tickets to airport pick ups and hotel bookings. Lovely accommodation selected. No complaints!
A wonderful break in a beautiful environment!
Everything was excellent. The information and organisation, the hotel and the island itself all exceeded our expectations. Whale watching and other trips out, fantastic. We will book again!
Great honeymoon package and experience!
They provided a great package at a good price. We found them to be helpful and a quality service was provided.
Nicola and Christopher – Winchester
Top notch service. Highly recommended!
Excellent service throughout. Very informative, with lots of literature, maps and the like. Attended their offices in Ponta Delgada – very impressed with Olivia, friendly and helpful. Paul was first class.
Lynne in Welton-by-Lincoln
Great company for first time Azores visit!
Really great company, will be recommending them. We had never visited the Azores before but this company helped us decided which islands to visit.
Brilliant holiday organised by an excellent company!
Friendly, helpful, professional and completely geared to us as individuals.
John and Janice
Very helpful staff, and the trips they organised for us were excellent with knowledgeable guides.
A really wonderful holiday!
We normally travel independently, but I am go glad that we used Archipelago Choice – their insider knowledge was really helpful in making the most of our time.
Valerie – Brighton
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