When traveling to the Azores islands, especially Sao Miguel and Terceira, the largest islands in the archipelago, it is best to have a car to get around the island and make the most of your adventure on these enchanting islands. The island of Sao Miguel might sound small but getting around on the island efficiently and getting the most out of your visit here it is easiest to have a car or driver. Although there is a bus service that goes through the island daily, the schedule is not as reliable as one would hope, and although it can provide excellent views of the island it can take away from the main sites on your short trip. The island terrain is very up and down with winding roads. However, they are very safe and well-paved throughout the island. You have the added benefit of having well-marked signs indicating locations throughout the island. The best way to experience the culture and the many secluded viewpoints on the islands is with a tour guide. The guides on the islands are very knowledgable and proud to show visitors their island’s best spots. You can suggest some ideas or sites you would like to see that may not be on a typical tour, so there are many options to choose from when visiting the island either renting a car or hiring a driver/guide. The island is safe to drive around and have many SOS phones throughout the island if you have car issues or are in an accident. According to a recently released study, the Azores are known for having the most expensive car rental rates in all of Europe as of 2018, showing variations throughout Europe. Yes, renting a car can be a little more costly than you would pay in a large city or a bigger European country. However, all the Azores’ vehicles meet the standards enforced on the islands regarding pollution, etc. Generally, all are very compact and efficient. It is wise due to the winding roads and various altitudes of various points on the island to have a car to have full control of your trip if you are confident driving manual. There are several car rental agencies that you can research online and reserve your vehicle to have it waiting for you at the airport or downtown in Ponta Delgada however if you have a friend or know someone on the island, it is a good idea to arrange with them to rent their car for a minimal fee which is an excellent alternative to the high prices charged by local rental agencies. The cost of gas is much more expensive than in North America, that is for sure. Although the cars are smaller and have excellent gas mileage generally, the price of gas as of Summer 2019 was 1.35 Euros per liter of gas, so it is best to fill your tank since you burn less gas above half a tank. Some car rental companies are Ilha Verde, Avis. Mirato has the option of automatic cars. However, most of the island vehicles are standard, so if you are unable to drive a standard car, make sure you book in advance. The island of Sao Miguel is an island filled with high peaks, sea-level beaches, and deep valleys, so to make the most of your island experience, invest in a rental car and experience the mysteries of this Atlantic paradise at your leisure. It should be noted that in the Azores, gasoline is diesel, which is commonly used in cars, so make sure you have confirmation of what type of petrol your car requires and follow those guidelines when filling up at the gas station. However, the pumps are clearly labeled; sometimes, people get confused and it can cause expensive damage to their car rental which may not be covered under insurance.