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Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This beach between two monumental cliffs, with 2 km in lenght is breathtaki g. We visited jt just for a short time, but had a chance to enjoy ongoing surt challenges and get wet in the wild waves of the bay. It's truly amazing how...More

Thank Departure731456
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great beach spot with bar, small restaurant, bathrooms, showers, free parking, lifeguards, and Surfing lessons. Waves are very strong and lifeguards are cautious and make you move to safer spots when they see fit. Pretty cliffs to the far side.

Thank Max G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the beach on two days and it was a treat to all of us. It has dark volcanic sand that sparkles as you walk through it. Clearly, it is a local favorite is it had a good crowd both days. My son loved...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful surfing beach with large free car park, toilets, changing rooms and lifeguards. There is a nice snack bar / restaurant at the car park end with very reasonable prices and lovely views. I would suggest more a beach for sunbathing and running in and...More

1  Thank ambw71
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Nice beach. One of the best in Açores. Water with good temperature but strong currents. Be careful with children. Has a specific area for games and a surf spot with rental and lessons.

Thank Bruno F
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Nice relaxed beach. Large car park but never too busy. Lifeguards, so a good safe place for the family, whether sun bathing or getting in for a swim. A surfing beach, so big waves are obviously a possibility, and on our second visit the beach...More

Thank Jon G
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

We went here in the late afternoon to walk and hit up the cafe on the boardwalk rather than swim. The views are amazing but the surf is big and violent here - I would be uncomfortable swimming as there looks like there are strong...More

Thank Jess_8032
Reviewed July 21, 2018

This beach is public but still nicely done. Good amount of parking available, great view, place to change with washrooms, place to sit and enjoy drinks or go all the way to the end to enjoy the water. the only thing I did not like...More

1  Thank travelgirl0702
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

Black sand beach on North shore with plenty of waves. Has a seaside cafe / restaurant and plenty of parking.

Thank Julia S
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

If we are talking about sandy beaches, this is one of the best in S. Miguel. Dark sand, clear waters and a nice surrounding make St. Barbara a much appreciated place.

Thank Ana L
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Response from plushkin_inna | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Its a very remote small island. Yes, there are beaches all over the coast and driving across one side to the other doesn't take long, but a lot of the beaches are not really set up for tourists.(there are restrooms but... More