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Azores islands

Been hearing alot about travel here any suggestions?
The airlines have gd fares.
Pls reply.

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My wife and I visited San Miguel Island several years ago on a package trip to the Azores and Lisbon; Pointo Delgado was very nice and easy to walk around. We rented a car to explore the rest of the island. My wife was doing a little family history research. The package hotel was a business type hotel and filled with Scandinavian tourists. One night we attended a big dance held in their historic dance pavilion. No-one was there @ 930PM (close to my travel bedtime) but people flocked in by 1000PM the start time. Their ages were 16 to 80 plus and they all danced. We love dancing and all had a great time; it was a wonderful cultural experience.So be sure to research what events are taking place; employees of hotel were not aware of this event

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I just sent you a PM with a link to my Azores guide. It will have information for 4 of the Azores islands I have visited over the last 23 years. I hope to visit 3 more different islands this year.

Airfare is most expensive from mid-June to September. April/May and October/November are still great months to visit, but with less opportunity to swim in the pools or ocean and more chances of rain. Delta Airlines will begin seasonal flights from JFK to Ponta Delgada, (Sao Miguel island), starting in June. If you can connect through JFK from where you live, it may be cheaper than Air Azores from Boston. Inter-island flights will charge more for luggage not booked through the Air Azores international flight to the Azores, though. You cannot book inter-island flights through Delta.

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this is an area I'd love to check out in June 2018 for a wekk if my two young adult daughters are available to join me. Any recommendations are welcome! We love the outdoors, art, architecture and food. Thanks in advance!

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this is an area I'd love to check out in June 2018 for a wekk if my two young adult daughters are available to join me. Any recommendations are welcome! We love the outdoors, art, architecture and food. Thanks in advance!

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Hi A. from Chicago,

I just sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. I hope you will be able to plan a visit. You will not be disappointed!

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Kipanderson,

I just sent you the link to my Azores guide. Hope you enjoy it! Carl

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For those who Carl has sent his "Guide". What a guide it is; "comprehensive" hardly describes it. I'm sorry we won't be in the Azores longer. We only stop for a day on a cruise, but Carl's guide is all we'll need, unless you want to count bringing an appetite. Carl even describes many places to eat. Thank you Carl.

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Hi Carl, may I please also have a copy of your guide? Going in mid-October for 4 days and hope to also schedule a sportfishing trip for my husband. Thank you. Sara

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Hi 3dognut,

I just sent you a Private Message with the link to my Azores guide. Carl

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Planning a trip to the Azores next year with a friend who is doing some research on family roots. What is the best time of year to go, and Carl, could I get a copy of your pdf related to the Azores?
Planning 7-9 days and 4-5 in Portugal. Any suggestions welcome.
Jo

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Hi Jo,

I just sent you the link to my Azores PDF guide, now over 100 pages long!

You or your friend can email me directly to fill me in on what info they have on their Azorean family tree. With that, I can narrow down the next few steps to take.

Carl

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Hi Carl

Would you be able to send me your Azores guide? My husband and I are headed there for 8 days in late aug/early sept.
Thank you!

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Serenaanndsouza,

I just sent you a Private Message with a Google link to my Azores guide. I hope you enjoy it! Carl

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I just returned from the Azores and had a fantastic time. So much so that I’d like to return. Carl, I’d appreciate a link to your guide as well! If anyone is interested, I’ve started posting photos and stories to a Wordpress blog.

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Hi Reginahart,

I sent you a Private Message with the link to my Azores guide. I hope it helps for your return visit.

Carl

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Hello Carl
May I please have a copy of your guide. Planning on visiting the Azores in September. Thank you
Melissa

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Hi Melissa,

I just responded to your email with the link to my Azores guide. Enjoy!

Carl

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Carl,
I am planning a visit to Azores second week of October. May I have a copy of your guide please?

Ray

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All set Ray. I just sent you a private message with the link. Carl

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Carl, would you shoot me the link to your guide as well? TIA.

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Hi Carl,

we're planning a trip as well. Do you mind sharing your guide?

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Hi Dkbvdb,

I just sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. It is now 106 pages long! Enjoy

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I would love a copy of your guide as well, Carl. Thanks!

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All set Maggie. I just sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

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Hi Carl,

I am planning to go to the Azores in May for my honey moon. Any suggestions would be amazing!

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Hi Ewilder2011,

I just sent you a private message with the link. There is a section for honeymooners on page 6.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Carl

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Hollasarah,

Just sent a private message to you with the link to my Azores guide.

Carl

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Hi Carl - We are traveling to the Azores for about 2 weeks later this week. Can you please send me your guide? Thanks!
Jen

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Carl--I would love a copy of your guide too if you would send it. You need to publish it and make some money off of your hard work!

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HI Jen and Digbydog,

I just sent both of you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

I am in Sao Miguel finishing up 2 weeks of research for my guide. I visited Faial, Pico, and Sao Jorge for the first time. I also did more exploring in Sao Miguel. Next stop, Santa Maria to visit family and rest!

Digbydog...Not sure what the future holds for my guide, but I can tell you that I have sent it (the Google link) to about 500 Rick Steves readers and others in a little over a year! My fingers are crossed.

I hope everyone enjoys it in the current version and the planned update in late September.

Carl

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Hi Jill,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. I am putting the finishing touches on a major update and should have it completed in a few days. The guide will now be over 200 pages long. Enjoy!

Carl

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betteturlington,

I sent the link to your email just now. The major update I have been writing for the past 3 weeks has been completed and is live on the Google link PDF. Happy planning!

Carl

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All set Mike. I just emailed the link to you. Carl

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Jen,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

Carl

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Carl, would it be possible to get your Azores guide, heading over there in February of 2019.

Thanks in advance, Doug

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Doug,

I sent you the private message with the link to my guide.

Carl

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Hi Carl,
I would love to get your travel guide if you don't mind. I just got through reading an interesting book about the Azores called "The Tenth Island" by Diana Marcum and it has piqued my interest in traveling there. Thanks so much!

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Hi slws2137,

I just sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

I read that book as well, and once you are there in the Azores, it will feel 100 times better than reading about the Azores. This I can guarantee! Even after visiting the Azores over 15 times since 1994, I still feel the enchantment of being there and discovering something new.

I hope you enjoy planning your Azores visit using my guide.

Carl

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Hi Carl,

I am leaving for Azores in 3 weeks! So excited about the trip. Can I have a copy of the travel guide that you shared with people?
Thank you so much!

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June.uw

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

Carl

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Hi Judy,

Check your email for the Azores Guide link.

Carl

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Hi Carl,

Another request for your guide! My husband and I will be going on the Rick Steves tour of Portugal In Aug-Sept followed by a visit to the Azores as my husband's family is from Corvo. We would love to get any information that you have on the islands as we plan to visit a few of them.

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Joyce,

The private message with the link was just sent to you.

I plan on visiting Corvo and Graciosa for thr first time in September 2019 and will add them to my guide when I return home. The other 7 islands are already in the guide. September is normally a great time to visit any of the islands.

Let me know if you need any help with genealogy research for your husband’s Corvo ancestry. The church books, available online and for free, go back to the mid-1600s and are in very good condition. Being such a tiny island will make your research straight-forward and easier than the bigger islands.

Take care,
Carl

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I'm traveling to Sao Miguel in June with college friends. I would love to take a look at your travel guide and any suggestions you have for things to do. We will be renting a house and will have a car.
Thanks!

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Hi VS,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. Enjoy the planning!

Carl

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I am one of 2 widows who plan a trip to the Azores for mid June '19. Does anyone know a good driver who could take us around Sao Miguel out of Porto Delgada? Also, Carl, you have been so wonderful in sending your pdf guide to others, may I prevail upon you to send one to me as well?

Very appreciated and Happy Holidays!
LBH

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Hi LBH,

I just sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

I explain how to use the taxis efficiently, especially in Sao Miguel. There are fixed prices to anywhere on the island, including sightseeing. Many people on transatlantic cruises, and use Cruise Critic, hire tour guides for their port day in Ponta Delgada, and I give you the hyperlink to that exact forum. A taxi will work just as well.

I encourage everyone at any age to rent a car and explore on your own. It is very easy to do, and the cheapest way to see the islands. The roads are safe and in great condition.

I have strived to make my Azores guide as detailed as possible, as you will read, in all aspects of visiting the Azores. I have been visiting the islands since 1994.

Only 2 Azores islands remain for me to visit, Corvo and Graciosa. I hope to visit them in September of 2019. I visit Santa Maria and Sao Miguel on every trip there.

Contact me anytime with questions. Happy planning!

Carl

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Carl:
Thank you so very much............the age listed for car rentals tops out at 65, which is why I asked. Stick shift is not a problem just the age issue!

Looking forward to reading your information.
LBH

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Lbrolly,

I just spoke with my cousin who owns a car rental agency in Santa Maria. Portugal does not have a law with ANY age restriction. Anyone with a valid driver’s license, at ANY age can rent a car. However, it is legal for an agency to impose a fee for someone under 25 or over 65. Not all agencies, such as hers, imposes any fees regarding age. Read the fine print when making a reservation to see what the car rental company is charging you. Shop around because many do not impose this fee.

I just updated my Azores guide to reflect this excellent question, and added a few more pieces of good information for renting a car, given to me by my cousin.

This should take care of any perceived issue for you or anyone else wanting to rent a car. Go for it!

Carl

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Blutopaz,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. Happy planning!

Carl

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My husband and I plan to go to the Azores in Sept./Oct. 2019. His grandparents came from the islands of Pico and San Jorge. I want to learn about those islands but hope we can visit others as well. Carl, I'm here, like so many before me, to ask for your guide. A good new year to you all. matinakilkenny@yahoo.com

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Matinakilkenny,

I emailed the Google link for my Azores guide to you just now. Happy planning!

Carl

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I'm planning a babymoon in March/April to Azores. Would love to get your guide, Carl! Thanks!

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Hi teresita79,

Check your email for a private message with the Google link to my Azores guide. Congratulations on the babymoon!

Carl

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dsprzy,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. Happy New Year!

Carl

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Hi skalas2018,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. Hope it helps.

Carl

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Carl's guide is a godsend for my Azores trip planning. It provides an insider's no holds barred, tell it like it is information not found in all the guidebooks I have read (half a dozen). Especially about driving and parking in Ponta Delgada. The coverage of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, the two islands he frequented, are in such great detail that it took me a couple of days to digest. Again with information and tips not found in the guidebooks.

Publishing an ebook at Amazon would bring him a small fortune. Grab it fast while it is free :-)

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We are going to be at a wedding in Spain and are thinking of coming here at the end of June. I would love the link for Carl's guide. Thanks so much. Christy

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All set Christy. I sent you the link in a private message.

Thank you staynsavor for your kind review. Many others have contacted me after visiting the Azores, with the same opinion. I hope other forum readers feel the same after reading it. 😎

It is easy to fall in love with the Azores islands. I knew there had to be something better out there to describe what I been priveleged to be a part of, going on 25 years of visiting. As it is, in my opinion, there was not. Hence, my Azores guide. In the past 22 months, over 600 Rick Steves readers have requested it. Let’s see what 2019 brings.

Carl

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I would love your guide too, Carl! We are looking for a place to spend July that is beautiful and quaint and won’t break the bank :)

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elissajharrell,

I sent you a private message.

Your euros go far in the Azores. Just research accordingly to your tastes and needs. Enjoy!

Carl

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As it is, in my opinion, there was not.

I agree. The best one I came across is "Azores (Bradt Travel Guides)". But it does not come close to the detailed and opinionated (in a good way) information offered in your guide.

In the past 22 months, over 600 Rick Steves readers have requested it.

600 x 20USD per download = 12,000USD. Once on Amazon, 600 will sky rocket. Unlike here, there will be published glowing reviews from those who appreciate it. Just saying ... :-)

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Carl,
My wife and I are planning our second Portugal visit. We had planned on "just' seeing Lisbon and Porto, but now the Azores would seem to good to miss. Please send me the link so I can investigate the possibilities

Obrigado!
Dennis

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Dennis,

Just sent you the link. Plan on visiting the Azores AFTER the mainland. Trust me, it is worth saving the best for last.

De nada,
Carl

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laura.hollod,

The link to my Azores guide was just sent to you in a private message. I hope it is helpful for your planning.

Carl

Hello,

My wife and I are headed to Sao Miguel for a week in April 2019, and I saw some recommendations for a PDF guide that Carl in Rhode Island has put together. i would love to get this as I think it would help us spend our time there wisely.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you,
John

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Hi Carl,
My husband and I have 2 nights and only one full day in Ponta Delgado, Sao Miguel on a return from Portugal to U.S. (Yes, we realize more days would be better!) Any recommendations for 2 night's lodging and how to experience the town in just one day, preferably without renting a car? Thanks

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Hi Schno,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide. I wrote some specific answers to your questions. Your day will be full, exploring Ponta Delgada with a walking tour I designed. I hope you can devote more time in the future. Happy planning! Carl

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Hi
This is my first post on the forum. Greetings to all! Reading through these posts is quite educational.
We are planning a first visit to Sao Miguel in May 2019. For 3 days only, then on to Lisbon for 5 days.
Carl, can I get a copy of your Azores guide? Many thanks

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@paramobsa
You might want to send Carl a PM ( private message)
Click on his name and hit message.

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Paramsobha,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

For anyone seeing this post for the first time...

As “Diveloonie” says, it is always quicker to request my guide by sending me a private message. I respond to every request (always within 1 hour to 48 hours) when I see it on the Portugal forum, from a Rick Steves private message, or when contacted directly when someone finds my email address on an older posting. If you do not receive a response within this time period, I may be on vacation somewhere and do not have time to check my email or visit this website. Over 400 of you have responded that you received it, and about 200 did not respond that you received it. My hope is that the group of 200 did indeed receive the link, but I can not be sure.

If you are looking for Azores genealogy research assistance, in your private message I will need your name and what you have so far in your research. This way I have a starting point of where to lead you. Many messages I get from forum readers are those trying to find your roots, which is wonderful. I have 33 years of research experience specific to the Azores, and have lots of great ideas to help you discover your ancestors.

Carl

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All set Barb. I sent you a private message. Carl

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Hi Carl,
We are spending 4 nights in Barcelona and then would like some beach time. I would love to read your Azores guide. Is Ponta Delgada the main airport?
Thanks!
-Virginia

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Hi Virginia,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

Each of the 9 islands has an airport. The airport for Sao Miguel is located in the city of Ponta Delgada. All of the airport codes are listed in the guide. I hope you enjoy your Azores planning!

Carl

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I went last October. The place is amazing. Actual hate to tell to many people about it so it wont become over crowded like Iceland. :) I am heading back again this October. I really enjoyed the two smaller Islands we went to better then Sao Miguel

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Hi Carl,

My husband and I are headed to the Azores in April for our honeymoon. We would love your guide if you're willing :-)

Thank you!

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Quincyandrob,

I sent you an email with the link. Congratulations on your upcoming honeymoon! Carl

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We are staying in Lisbon for about 3 days at the end of our Portugal / Basque trips. Is three days long enough to visit one of the islands in the Azores or does it really require it's own trip?

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Griffsma,

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

I would suggest to anyone thinking of visiting the Azores that the 9 islands warrant a seperate trip. Three days on Sao Miguel would scratch the surface. In my guide, I write that 7 days is minimum for just the island of Sao Miguel. Sure, if all you have are 3 days and your intention is to get a taste of the Azores, AND if you time your flights correctly, you can do some of it. I would only do this as the first stop or last stop visiting the mainland of Portugal. You would be wasting your time if visiting in the middle of a trip.

Most questions should be answered in my Azores guide as to what there is to see and do. Good luck in whatever you decide.

Carl

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Hey Carl,

My wife and I are headed to the Azores in July to explore Sao Miguel and Faial. I would really appreciate it if you could share a link with your Azores guide to help me in my travel planning. Thanks a ton!

Ben

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All set Ben. I sent you a private message with the link.

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Hi Carl! I would also deeply appreciate a copy of your what sounds like an amazing Azores guide - trying to plan a relaxing couples vacation and considering multiple international locations for what we're looking for...I think it's down to Iceland or the Azores. Thanks so much in advance!

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ayking813

I sent you a private message with the link to my Azores guide.

Carl

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spadavich2,

Check your email for my message.

Carl

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Can I get the Azores guide as well? I am planning to go from Boston, but the recent reviews of Air Portugal that I am seeing are awful with cancellations, delays and poor customer service. Any thoughts on this? Delta/KLM is having a sale out of NY, so I may just do a 1 stop via JFK.

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Hi Partnerscam39,

I sent you a private message. About Azores Airlines...we have a long history flying with them and can attest to many, many issues I personally know of. We have always been lucky to have flights that were fine with them. They are the only game in town from Boston and Canada with direct non-stops to the Azores. Last year I flew with Delta (connecting at JFK) because it was much cheaper on a Basic Economy ticket, but there are some issues to be aware of with the lower cost ticket. Read about what the ticket does not include before you make your decision vs flying on Azores Airlines and what that ticket does come with. Plus, you need to add a few hours each way sitting at JFK if on a Delta flight.

I explain a lot more in my guide about flying to the Azores.

Carl

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Hi Carl,

May you please send me the guide as well? My Husband and I are planning our honeymoon before our 1-year anniversary this Fall.

Thank you!

Melissa

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Melissa,

I sent you a private message with the link. Congratulations on your wedding and honeymoon!

Carl

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Carl,

I would love to have a copy of your guide.

My husband is attending a conference in Ponta Delgada during the last week of June. I will be attending as well, and need some suggestions as to what to do by myself as I will have a few days to myself while he is attending the conference.

Thanks,

Becky

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Becky,

I sent you a private message.

Your husband will be jealous of all that you will be able to choose from. Make sure your name is listed as a driver on the car rental contract. Otherwise, just reserve the car in your name and you can be his chauffeur when he has time to be with you. Happy planning!

Carl

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Boa tarde, Carl.

We’re mainland residents heading to San Miguel this week for fun and exploration. Would dearly ♥️ your legendary Açores guide.

Muito obrigada!

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Roadabode,

I sent you a private message. Have a wonderful time using my guide in Sao Miguel!

De nada,
Carl