Sal is a beautiful island, with mesmerizing crystal clear water. The food is great and the locals are friendly although very pushy when they know you're a tourist. The major downside of this island is that their natural resources are sparse. For example, there was no milk for a couple of days. The island has some very interesting activities, such as observations of sharks and boat rides to other islands, but in reality the island is pretty empty and you can go from one end to the other without seeing anyone. Tourism is clearly their business as there is plenty of 4/5 star hotels along the beaches. The weather is amazing for those who like hot and humid and the sky is mostly clear with beautiful light all throughout the day. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would definitely go back.
Sal is part of Cape Verde, a group of 10 islands sprinkled off the west coast of Africa. They’re relatively unknown in the mainstream market and, thanks to their location, they’re a unique melting pot of cultures. The islands were originally discovered by the Portuguese, and there’s also a mixture of African and Brazilian influences. You’ll see it in the island’s music, fashion and, perhaps most obviously, in the food.
Beautiful authentic art and music. Sal is super expensive so bide your time and money. Santa Maria has a beautiful coast line and has many hotel situated along the way. You can eat with such a beautiful view. Many water and wind based activities. Great for adventure. Alot of dry land so not pretty to look at besides the coast. Would come again for the adventure.
Chris Van Damme
One of the 9 islands who differ quite a lot in aspect. Sal is one of the most desolate, flat and no green. But nice coastline, not always swimmer friendly. We liked a lot the essay going attitude of the locals. The African and Portuguese influence result in a other world feeling for Europeans. Stay away from the big luxurious resorts and enjoy the local things. We spend one week in Santa Maria and had a more then 1 week feeling.
Constantly windy so 22C did not feel warm
Friendly small island