Praia Sao Rafael
Praia Sao Rafael
4.5
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Patrick B
Killarney, Ireland298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Generally, the beach is good. It's picturesque and clean. We visited for 8 days straight and rented 2 beds/umbrella each time. On hindsight that's 18x8 [€144] but sure it had to be done.

My one gripe is the cafe/restaurant. The staff are pleasant but if seems to me the owner is the real winner in this enterprise - for example, €3.50 for a large water (€0.75 in the shop up the road) or €5.50 - 7.50 for juice/ milkshake/ smoothies which are quite mediocre. The list goes on. It seems to me that where the staff are being paid c.€5 an hour, it isn't hard to see the opportunism. Some call it capitalism. Others call it greed. I don't suppose the latter.

Aside from that, nice spot.
Written August 6, 2022
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bl0ndie72
Ko Samui, Thailand3,368 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
There is no denying that the beach at Sao Rafael is stunning, however judging by the number of people shoe horned onto the sand, you’d be forgiven to think the pandemic was well & truly over. No social distancing. Lots of big groups of people.
It is a lovely sandy beach & the sea in crystal clear but it’s probably worth visiting either early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds, particularly in the current climate. We didn’t stay long, it was just too busy.
Written August 18, 2020
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Jack
Higham Ferrers, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Went on the dolphin and cave excursion and saw all of these hidden beaches that looked fantastic. Came across the Praia Sao Rafael beach so thought we would give it ago.

The first part of the beach was quite busy but as the tide went out the other half of the beach became accessible. It was atheistically lush, with green waters and caves around. Beach was nice and quiet and had a lovely sun trap.

Both my partner and I said it was the nicest looking beach we had been to.
Written September 15, 2020
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Andie Garvin
New Jersey81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
It was so-so. The best part is being able to look down from the cliffs above, very picturesque, that alone is worth it. My husband, infant daughter & I went in the afternoon. A great amount of seaweed covered the shoreline & first several feet into the water. I know seaweed is natural but many of the other beaches nearby have very little/none. Also on Apple Maps it says good for kids, and there were some there, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend for toddlers bc of the amount of seen/unseen large rocks in the sand. A little dangerous to swim for the same reason. It’s a beautiful beach worthy of exploration, but I just feel there’s plenty of other beaches nearby that offer a nicer experience for young children and those who enjoy swimming.
Written May 14, 2023
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DebD
Castle Rock, CO8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Beautiful beach! Get there early because it gets crowded. There is a large free parking lot. Restaurant doesn't open until 12 noon for food but does open earlier for coffee. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas, first come first served. Very scenic cliffs and rock formations. See if you can spot Godzilla Rock!
Written July 25, 2023
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Lord Raymond Bill of Hougun Manor
Brierley Hill, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Stayed at villa Esterella, not to far to walk to Sao Rafael beach. The veiw on reaching the beach is fantastic. A camera is a must. Great bar on the beach. Sun beds at 18 euro for two not cheap, also not the best quality, but don't let this put you off a visit.
Written September 20, 2020
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Paty
114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Absolutly amazing, such beautiful view...
One of the most beautiful beach I ever visit.
With all my family definitely this was the best moments from our holidays.. So clean, good vibes the water was 20 degrees... Amazing.. I want to go again tomorrow.
Written July 25, 2023
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nriapia
Leeds, UK56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
This beach was excellent for scenic views and golden sand. It was very very busy with few places for a group of seven to sit with towels in the afternoon.

What’s most important about this review is beware of unbelievable rip tides that I’ve never experienced before (to the left hand side of the beach if facing out to sea).

My teenage son nearly lost his life here if it wasn’t for the expert quick thinking of the life guards and other beach visitors. Which I thank them dearly for.

Difficult to swim in even for experienced swimmers.

I wouldn’t allow small children in the water so please be careful.
Written August 27, 2018
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klikers3
Manchester, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Amazing beach with the beautiful views. For me and my fience it's the best beach that we ever saw. It's the best in the whole Portugal. Nice rocks and surrounding.
Written September 2, 2019
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Edb102
Weybridge, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Beautiful, good parking and sweet little Beach cafe. So worth a visit for a coffee or a whole day relaxing on the beach.
Written November 3, 2014
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