Extremely flexible city beachbreak with a massive swell window and many moods. Sometimes small and junky in the regular SW and W windswells with crumbly faces in the onshore breezes but always rideable. The best swells come from due S, often spawned in the southern hemisphere, hitting the rock-anchored sandbanks just right and lining up powerful, hollow peaks in the long period swell. Handles plenty of size.
The most crowded spot in the Azores with beginners and expert locals sharing the waves so localism can rear its head. Big city amenities including surf shop and surf school. More beachbreak in the next bay to the east.