How to Get There
Departing from major cities in the Northeast is your best bet for a direct flight to the Azores. Delta Air Lines fly non-stop to Ponta Delgada’s João Paulo II Airport (PDL) from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Azores Airlines also offer non-stop flights from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to PDL. Both routes clock in at just under five hours—yup, that’s it! Or, if you don’t mind making a stop on your journey, TAP Air Portugal flies to the Azores from JFK, BOS and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) via Lisbon.
What to Do
The Azores consist of nine widely dispersed islands and offer something for every kind of traveler: hiking, snorkeling, sunbathing, culture, cuisine, and more. If you have less than a week, I recommend spending your first trip to the Azores exploring the largest island of Sao Miguel. Here’s your suggested itinerary.