Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Port Visit: Horta, Faial, Azores

We did an unexpected port visit to Horta in the Azores. Weather had kept us so far south that it made sense to stop in as it was only a detour of about 100 NM.

The marina at Horta is truly the international crossroads. People and boats from every country in the world stop here as they transit the Atlantic. The down side is the marina is far too small. Reboot was rafted up with two other heavier boats and we were on the sea wall. Fortunately the weather was benign but I sill had to pump up my fenders on a daily basis.

The most amazing attribute of Horta is the prices. Everything is very inexpensive. Compared to Bermuda it was a wonderful relief. Also the kind of poverty that you take for granted in the Caribbean does not seem to exist in Horta.

The last day I was taken to the whaling museum and the beach. What a beautiful place to go for a swim. I only wish I had found it sooner. Summary, inexpensive, lots of interesting people, great food.


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