The island of Sao Miguel in the Mid-Atlantic ocean is hundreds of miles away from mainland Europe with the other 8 islands all within a short flight away. Sao Miguel is the largest island of the Portuguese islands known as the Azores. Discovered in the early 15th century the islands location became one of the first major commercial posts between Europe and North America in the early days of exploration. The island is filled with unique, nature based activities while visiting this beautiful green island.When arriving off the coast of the Azores, just think you are arriving like the majority of historical figures throughout history. The island of Sao Miguel looks like a grain of sand in the distance, until you approach closer and witness the amazing flora and fauna if this island paradise. It was through these waters that boats sailed from Europe to the new world, being the last land most navigators would see for months during the years of early exploration. The island is filled with natural wonders, museums, great beaches and unique restaurants. Make the most of your trip and hire a local guide to make the most of your island experience. Hailed, by National Geographic Traveller for its unique Eco-friendly existence, here the waterfalls, hot springs and jaw dropping gardens are all at your fingertips. The marina, which is located on the islands capital city of Ponta Delgada, right in the heart of a very beautiful, dynamic small city is the perfect starting point to begin your “Day in the Azores”. It is recommended to try the local cuisine while visiting the island as the Azores are recognized for their high quality meat and dairy industry with the seafood industry being a driving force for the economy, due to the abundant, high quality fish that are caught of the Azorean coastlines. Make sure that if you are looking for authentic gifts from the island that it states that it was made in the Azores. A must is to buy the green or black tea grown here on the island of Sao Miguel since 1883. The famous Cha Gorreana brand in Portugal produces organic teas at their family owned and operated estate where they are open daily from 8am-8pm free for tourists to come explore the vast tea plantation and unique 18th century machinery.