Ilha do Sal Travel Guide

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Ilha do Sal Things to Do


    Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean there are bottles floating with a message inside. The message is from me and asks the finder of any of these bottles to let me know where they find them. I have been doing this for years and only ever had 2 found – 1 in Venezuela and the other in Thailand. Before I travelled to Cape Verde I laminated sheets of bright...


    IPNET is a cracking new internet place in Sal that offers fast speeds and modern equipment. One of the owners, Patrizia, was very friendly and helpful. They are Italian, and their website is in Italian, but they do speak English as well. I stopped in because I needed to do some quick banking on-line. I was done as quick as a flash. They have modern...

  • ATM'S

    Sal has ATM cash machines. In fact they seem to be plagued with them. Despite what the guidebooks say, there are ATM’s on Sal in the airport, Espargos and in Santa Maria. In Santa Maria they are in the hotels and numerous banks. There is absolutely no issue finding one. They belong to the VISA, Plus and Venti4 cash networks. Quite a few businesses...

  • Try Kite or windsurf

    In Sal's beaches you'll find great conditions for both, wind and kitesurf. try them! You can rent one and go on your own or buy some lessons. right in front of the BELORIZONTE hotel you'll find the MISTRAL shop. they'll help you.

  • Hang out, chill out

    The best thing to do on Sal is hanging out at Santa Maria near the pier. There's always something to see or do, the water is crystal clear, local kids are doing summersaults while local men bring home 2 meter long tunafish.

  • pedra do lume

    Without a doubt, the most picturesque place on the island is PEDRA DO LUME, the name given to a crater of the now extinct volcano. Entry to the crater was made possible by an artificial tunnel built in 1804. The crater is at sea-level, and even though the sea is 1 km away the water manages to filter in. The salt pits of Santa Maria, although not in...


Ilha do Sal Restaurants

  • Fresh seafood...

    It does not get any fresher than this. Meet some locals and they'll invite you to join them for dinner. Eating together is one of the things Cape Verdeans enjoy most. So if you like fresh squid... join the party.

  • Nice view and good food

    This is a nice restaurant right on the beach. Its french managed and serves Cabo Verdian/Creole Cuisine. Clients seem to return often and some it seemed ate only exclusively there. The Bar is well stocked and serves various cocktails for its guests. The wine list is good though prices are a little steep because the bottles have to be imported. For...

  • The party is here

    This one is a “can´t miss”, it´s not the food or the service, is everything. The food is a buffet on weekends or Rodizio in the other nights, nothing very impressive, but the show really gets you going… Very nice atmosphere, good show. Prepare for some African dances. try the Caipirinhas!!!


Ilha do Sal Nightlife

  • Party hard!

    The Pirata Bar is a favourite with tourists as well as locals. People party hard here especially when grogue is made available to them ;-) Bring your dancing shoes. More international than local music played. Whatever.

  • Jamaica in Cabo Verde

    Fridays and Saturdays are hot nights on this Bar, the crowd gets together to watch the concert of the local reggae band and afterwards the drums from Africa. This bar is the most typical in Santa Maria, have a seat and a beer in the flag painted tables of the bar. You can also order something to eat, the fish cachupa is delicious. As casual as you...

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Ilha do Sal Transportation

  • Cheap rides

    If you want to get around Sal or any of the other islands in the archipel, take a ride on one of the shared taxis. They're not only dirt cheap, but a nice way to get around and meet local people at the same time.

  • well... as you can easily...

    well... as you can easily guess... by plane :)You have regular flights there from several origins, for instance from Portugal we had the choice beteween TAP and TACV you can easily rent a 4x4 vehicle at any of the local hotels

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ilha do Sal Shopping

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    Santa Maria, shops

    by sachara Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    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).

    Local shop

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Ilha do Sal Warnings and Dangers

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    Be careful with the water,...

    by PFerreira Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Be careful with the water, drink ONLY botlled water.
    During my stay there some people at the hotel had severe stomach problems...
    Otherwise go ahead enjoy

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Ilha do Sal Tourist Traps

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    The Desert Island

    by brancolini Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    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

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Ilha do Sal What to Pack

  • Anti-Diarrhea medicine

    Never, never, but never forget some anti-diarrhea medicine.Even if you don't drink tap water and only drink bottled water; even if you wash your teeth with bottled water; even if you don't use ice... you still have a good chance of getting diarrhea!!!! Believe me, I know....So don't take any chances. It can ruin your holidays!!!!

  • Packing List

    The main thing not to forget are... sunglasses and a hat you may have some stomach problems with fresh fruit and/or water so don't forget to bring something for it

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Ilha do Sal Off The Beaten Path

  • Sal, drive to the westcoast

    North of Palmeira was this little funny shelter in the middle of the desert near Buracona.Near Buracona is the Olho Azul (blue eye).You can see the sun shining for only two hours a day on the seawater deep down, through a oval hole in the basaltrock.

  • Sal, drive to the vulcanic westcoast

    From Espargos leads a unpaved road to the north. This part of the island looks like a desert plain. After 6 KMs you can turn left to the west coast. The westcoast is scenic, rough and vulcanic. From there is a track to the south to Palmeira.

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Ilha do Sal Sports & Outdoors

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    wind, waves and lot of fun

    by mimasa Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Plenty of waves and wind 24 hours per day!
    Are you ready?

    Equipment: In Sal you can get windsurf gear quite everywhere

    natural surf
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    • Surfing

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    FOR ADULTS ONLY!This is a picture of the driver who took me to the airport. He is very friendly and polite. He helped everyone with their bags. He is also a safe driver. How did he smell? Just fine. No issues. In fact I liked the guy, so I cut out his face so he won't get into trouble. So what did he do? For some reason he decided that it would be...

  • Precise Map of Ilha do Sal - Cape Verde

    A precise map of the islands of Sal, Boa Vista and Maio is published by Lucete Fortes and Dr. Pitt Reitmaier, Goldstadt Editors, ISBN 3-89550-467-XI shows beaches, dive spots, hiking trails and other items of interest for travelers. City maps of Espargos and Santa Maria.To be purchased in Cape Verde at the Tourist Information in Sao Vicente or via...

  • Just relax and enjoy

    While you're in Sal take a few moments and just relax, watch the ocean and ave that thought that everybody has, What am I doing with my life. Stress has no place here. Life can be very simple and meaninful.


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