Santa Maria, Sal

Santa Maria in the south of Sal is the most popular spot to stay on the island with the main beach & a great choice of restaurants and cuisine in a town that caters for all tastes and budgets. The speciality of the town of course is fish with the daily catch brought in and served up in front of your eyes – perfect after a hard days kiting!

The best time of year to come here is in our winter from November to May when the tradewinds that were blowing in the Canaries in the summer move down and serve Cape Verde archipelago. It is one of the main choices for our customers wanting a bit of winter sun & wind and is perfect as only a short hop from the UK- the flight is just over 5 hours long.

Santa Maria has a population of 15,000 and growing. This was a former salt working village but due to its amazing beach is now more known as a windsurf/kitesurf hotspot. From here you can easily access other beaches on both sides of the island.

Getting around the island is usually done by taxis or hire cars. The recommendation here is to have a 4x4 as some of the spots can be a little off the beaten track. The taxi drivers are pretty flexible, if you head down to kite beach for example, they are happy to be paid on the return journey