Things Not To Be Missed In Santa Maria, Cape Verde

Sea View

Unmissable about the resort area

Go visit the pier in Santa Maria on a morning about 10:30 am you can see the local fisherman bringing in the catch of the day, it is great to see them selling and haggling and these big yellow finned tuna.

Top “value adding” tips for customers about the resort

When in the local shops if you have to ask what the price is that means you can haggle, in some shops there will be set prices these are the Chinese supermarkets which is a great place to pick up anything forgotten like flip-flops or swim wear. *

Supermarkets – nearest and best value

Cazu is the best supermarket it has the most stock people may be surprised by the prices as it is expensive here in Cape Verde everything has to be imported and prices in the supermarket can be higher than European prices.

Cash machines (ATMs)

Most hotel receptions have cash machines if not there are many in the resort.

The banks in resort are, Banco Espirito Santos, Banco Interatlantico, Caixa Economica De Cabo Verde & Banco Comercial do Atlantico they are all open Monday – Friday 08:00 am – 15:00 hrs

Money can only be taken out in the local Currency Escudos and this is a closed currency.

Pharmacies and opening times

The main Pharmacy is just off the Main Street near the Chinese shop La La and is open Monday – Saturday 08:00 am – 20:00 hrs

There is also an emergency number +238 9101091

Markets: days and times and what they’re good for

There is a local market in the town of Santa Maria open Monday – Saturday in the morning it is fruit and Vegetables in the afternoon they bring fresh fish, would only recommend if customer is wanting to cook as it is cheaper than the supermarkets

Where do they show football on TV?

Sal Beach Club, is the most popular sports bar it is on the sea front in Santa Maria. With free sun beds and wi-fi

Bailey’s Bar show all sports free wi-fi and Chinese food.

Best bars and restaurants.

Ocean Beach Club, has nice food on an evening has live music busy with tourists and locals.

Chez Pastiste, Steak restaurant, small restaurant the owner is very likeable and really looks after his customers, very popular and customers need to book in advance

Bombay, Authentic Indian restaurant the only one on the island

Camera Camera, local African restaurant, food is very nice and is a reasonable price very popular with locals

Calima Bar, is more of a bar/club late is popular and very busy with locals on a weekend

Buddies bar, Is a Gin Bar does the best Gin & Tonic on the island has live music on most evenings

Reggae Bar, a roof top bar that just plays Reggae music, bar busy with locals drinks are a reasonable price

Pirata, is a night club open on the weekends 3€ entrance fee

Londres is great for Spanish tapas and local wines and free wi-fi

Weekends are busy in Santa Maria and there is a great atmosphere the main street is closed off from vehicles so the bars extend seating onto the streets.

Best beaches in resort

Ponta Preta, is a good beach for surfers in the winter with it has high winds so not good for people wanting to sunbathe also sea may not be safe swimming

Santa Maria Beach, is better for people to sunbathe on and go swimming the sea conditions here are usually better , sun beds on the beach are privately owned and cost 10€ for two for the day.

Kite Beach is the place to go for kite surfing, if you are not kite surfer it’s still worth a visit to see as it is always busy with the kites.

 


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About John Holt

John Holt has worked in the travel industry for over 14 years and comes highly recommended by Trip Advisor for his practical and candid talks on travel destinations. Spending 18 months as a "Local Interest Specialist" for a leading tour operator John has become known as having more practical information than Google.

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