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1 of 18 Quality of Surf on a good day
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
2 of 18 Consistency of the Surf
(1: San Miguel - Areias is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
3 of 18 Regional Rating
(1: San Miguel - Areias is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in The Azores. 5: the best break in The Azores).
4 of 18 Difficulty of the Surf on a Good Day
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
5 of 18 Onshore Wind
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: San Miguel - Areias can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
6 of 18 Other Options
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at San Miguel - Areias, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
7 of 18 Windsurfing and Kite Surfing
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at San Miguel - Areias are often excellent).
8 of 18 Water Quality
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
9 of 18 Crowds
(1: Often too crowded. 5: San Miguel - Areias is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
10 of 18 Access
(1: Getting to San Miguel - Areias requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
11 of 18 Scenery
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
12 of 18 Local Attitude
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
13 of 18 Accommodation
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near San Miguel - Areias for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
14 of 18 Camping (within walking distance)
(1: Camping at San Miguel - Areias is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
15 of 18 Entertainment (within a 10 minute drive)
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: San Miguel - Areias is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
16 of 18 Equipment and Repairs (within walking distance)
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
17 of 18 Eating (within a 10 minute drive)
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at San Miguel - Areias, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
18 of 18 Drinking (within walking distance)
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near San Miguel - Areias where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).