At the dock, wheelbarrow valets wait to help you transport your luggage and lead you to your accommodations, which is especially useful for travelers with rolling luggage (be sure to negotiate the price beforehand).

Uphill lies the main square (Praça Aureliano Lima) in the Vila, with an information office and a few restaurants. To reach the beaches, take a left at the square; this passes along the main street, Rua Caminho da Praia, and is lined with restaurants and shops. Continue downhill to access the shores, reaching Primeira Praia (First Beach), then Segunda Praia, and so on. Heading right from the main plaza, you’ll go through an archway down Rua da Fonte and pass the spring-fed fountain that was once the village’s freshwater source.