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.