There are banks and exchange offices in all major cities of the Azores. Most of government agencies work from early in the morning and close at 15:00.
Many large hotels, car rental offices and trading centers accept payments with Master Card and Visa credit cards.
Leaving tips in restaurants and cafes is not common here. However, if you really want to thank an obliging waiter, you can add round 10% of the sum to your total bill.
Guests are encouraged to visit the islands during the period of one of the national holidays. There are always many interesting cultural events at this time of a year.
Divers should not forget to explore the coastal zone of Pico Island, which is considered the most picturesque place of the Azores. It should be noted that not all of the islands are suitable for beach rest. On many islands the coastal area is covered with hardened lava and ash.
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