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Go there by car. It's a popular white sand beach in Santa Maria island.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
You'll see the lines appear depending on the tides.
There's nothing better, good waves both rights and lefts, without any crowds, even on land.
By Telmo Fonseca , 15-03-2010
Big and heavy, yet... fun!!!! - I've been to Santa Maria a couple of times now, and this time i got the famous waves everybody talked about. They tend to "close" a bit, but they are really fun. The water is so clean that you can see marine life underwater while surfing great rigths!!! It is not a long ride, but the drop is amazing. The rocky botton always keeps you in your toes, but it pays up!
By Anonymous , 02-01-2007
local rookie comment - I only whent there once, in December if I'm not mistaken, and the waves were a bit scary (for me). Great loooong right - a bit too much water mass for what I can deal with so I had to wait for the lil ones to come but it was really fun plus the water was still at 19ºC. I dunno about the locals (I sord of am one), I didn't see a soul except for some tourist couples who came to a nice lil bar over the beach. So yeah it's a bit dead in the winter. ;)
By Hans Torehg , 10-07-2006
Praia Formosa - I've been there! Beautiful place to be!I was there for 3 weeks in August, lucky mee on the last week some rips came on shore! Fantastic right very well shaped nice size... about 1,5| 2 meters. Locals are friendly people, repect them and you´ll have a good time.
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