Praia Formosa, Santa Maria
Praia Formosa is probably the best (if not only) beach on the Azores island of Santa Maria. Given that there really aren't any other options in terms of beaches on this island it is fortunate Praia Formosa is such a gem.
The sand is fine and almost white and the backdrop of lush green hillsides and cliffs is stunning. Towards the middle of the beach are the ruins of the fort of São João Baptista. At the eastern end there is a campsite.
Given its location there is no shortage of surf at Praia Formosa.