Americans in Azores and Medical Issues
(Baton Rouge, LA USA)
Hi - my husband & I live in the States. We enjoy speculating about going to live in the Azores for a year or so. Two things of great importance:
1) Is there a community of Americans on the Islands, and if so, which island?
2) Information regarding medical care & facilities on the Islands. We are retired - healthy, but have specific medical needs at this time in our lives.
Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. We've just started our serious quest on where we would like to spend this 'special' year or so.
Thanks for your question. It's nice to hear from you. There are a lot of Americans in the Azores. Most are in Terceira due to the American airbase there (Lajes Field). I noticed that there are a lot of Americans in Pico as well (seeing flags at homes).
And Sao Miguel, with the largest population of all the islands, has a good number of Americans as well.
For medical care, Terceira and Sao Miguel likely have the best hospitals, and patients from Pico generally go to Faial via ferry.
If I were you, I would take a vacation to Sao Miguel, Terceira, Faial and Pico to get a better sense of the islands.
All the best