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In a nutshell
In Santa Maria are some small shops.
For food & drinks there are some small supermercados, some boutiques for bath & beachwear. Not much choice.
There are not many capeverdian handicrafts available, but you can find some jewellery and other articles of local materials.
In the marquet you can find a lot of statues and other things of the african continent, especially Senegal. Nothing very special.
In Mindelo we found a shop with very special
objects and jewellery from the african continent (I'm a collector). The owner told us to open a second shop in Santa Maria very soon (in summer 2002 we saw the shop, but it wasn't still open).
Updated Jul 2, 2003
Ilha do Sal is the tourist trap itself.
There are lots of hollyday programs at travel agencies. You will end up for a week or two on a deserted island with not that much to see.
If you are looking to spend days in the hotel swimmingpool, that's ok, but if you want to meet locals, visit cultural spots, it's defenetely not the place.
Unique Suggestions: Stay the shorter period of time.
I, for instance, had to stay there one night because of flying schedules.
Fun Alternatives: All the other islands in Cape Verde are worthwhile
Updated Sep 2, 2004