Ponta da Ferraria is another of the beautiful landscapes of San Miguel Island with scenic vistas and a fishing port. The main attraction for us this visit was the geothermal heated ocean cove. During early March the main bath house and swimming pool complex is closed, and the weather being cloudy and chilly we almost decided against taking the plunge. However on walking down a path about 5 minutes and reaching the cove we saw the (typically) nice changing rooms provided for visitors and realized we wouldn't be too cold for too long. There is a U-shaped volcanic rock cove which under the right conditions (low tide, little ocean surge) is heated to a very warm temperature. A ladder down and some ropes below provide safety. This day the ocean was surging in so the water was just barely discernibly warmer at the heat source. Combined with the surge and the shallow rocks, I was happy to just get in and get out after the experience. I would definitely to it again and hope for better conditions.
I must add that the road up and down to this cove is one of the steepest of the many steep roads I drove on San Miguel with accompanying horse-shoe turns.
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