The 42 beaches have distinct purposes. For lounging on the beach, Jurerê International. For people-watching and rustic landscape, Praia Mole and Point do Riozinho, in the Campeche neighborhood. To take the kids, Lagoinha de Ponta das Canas. For hiking, Lagoinha do Leste. Nudist? Galheta. Surfing: with creature comforts, Praia Brava; in an untamed environment, Moçambique; next to a fishing village, Matadeiro.
Don’t miss the opportunity to eat oysters near the pools where they are raised – at the Azorean villages of Ribeirão da Ilha and Santo Antônio de Lisboa (especially recommended at sunset).
The nightlife is liveliest close to Bocaiúva Street (Downtown), at Canto da Lagoa, and at the small center at Lagoa da Conceição.