Carl, a well-established member of this forum, has maintained an extensive pdf guide to the Azores and has shared this free resource with many hundreds of travelers in the Rick Steves Travel Forum over the years.
His 321(!) page guide has naturally grown into quite a job to maintain. We congratulate Carl in taking the leap into publishing his Azores guide as an ebook, allowing him to keep up with maintenance costs and improve quality. Self-publishing a guidebook is more of a labor of love than money-maker... just ask Rick Steves. This, of course, creates a conflict as our Community Guidelines do not allow him to promote his own published work. However, others are allowed to give a recommendation, and that's what this post is here to do. I think he deserves it.
I asked Carl to continue providing a free version in some form. The free 39-page excerpt below will get you started and show what you're getting in the full guide. A full, up-to-date guide typically pays for itself (in time or money) in short order.
- Get Carl's free guide to the Azores here (39 page excerpt, last updated in 2019)
- Get Carl's latest guide to the Azores here. (300+ pages)
Let the rest of this thread be a "thank you" to Carl for his assistance, and maybe he'll even answer some questions here. :)
(Fine print: this is NOT to be received as a recommendation by Rick Steves personally or by his company, Rick Steves Europe (RSE), nor has Carl's guide been reviewed or vetted by RSE. This post was not asked for by Carl. Aka, don't ask us to do this for you. :)