Santa Maria Travel Guide

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Santa Maria Hotels

  • Hotel Morabeza

    Ilha Do Sal, Caixa Postal 33, Santa Maria, 4111, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Riu Garopa

    Cabocan Lote A2 A3, Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Riu Funana

    Cabocan Lote A2, A3, Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • BravoClub Vila do Farol

    Praia Santa Maria, Santa Maria, 4111, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Odjo d'Agua Hotel

    Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Dunas de Sal

    Ponta Preta, Caixa Postal 12, Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Oasis Belorizonte

    C.P. 63 Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Crioula

    Rep Cabo Verde, Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Pontao

    Ilha do Sal, Cabo Verde, Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

Santa Maria Restaurants

  • by trace2011 Written Jun 21, 2009

    Situated right in front of the beach in Santa Maria, next to the hotel Leme Bedje, this snack bar serves not only snacks but daily specials including local Cape Verdean cuisine or international.

    Relaxing atmosphere with great service and a cheery smile, it was nice to chill with a cold beer and take in the spectacular view.

    Favorite Dish: Mexican chicken wrap, spicy yet delicious! The tortilla wraps are made on the premises daily with a choice of fillings, even vegetarian. Lots of choice, either toasties or snacks. Ideal for a light lunch as only open daily till 5pm, so great to pop in for a quick bite before heading to the beach.

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  • by beechwood1 Written Feb 15, 2008

    If you eat outside of the hotels like I did it is very expensive even though I ate in the local rough & ready cafes and the nicer looking restaurants they were all over priced. If I eat local I expect local prices as in other countries I have visited but not here. Even though the fish is good and abundant it is still expensive. The tourist is being ripped off and a lot of people I spoke would not go back.
    Also if I want an Irish bar I will visit Ireland.

    Favorite Dish: Chey Patis in an alley between two buildings in town was lovelyfood superb , good hosts, but expensive.

    Leonardo's in town was scary inside and overpriced the waitresses stand and stare at you when you are eating then whip the dishes from under you as soon as you put the cutlery down. We didn't get what the description was on the menu thing left off meal - got drinks free, but don't think they will change menu.

    Funarna on the beach has great buffet nights and the floor show with his son on saxaphone and the young people playing various instruments is great, all the waiters/waitresses dance a lovely atmosphere Fri,Sat & Mondays.

    Atlantis on the beach has nice food and excellent service but gets full early

    Creole Cafe in town is rough & ready but was the cheapest to eat you may get a smile out of the manager if you are lucky

    Cultural Cafe in town has a nice atmosphere but service not good when busy so your food is served almost cold. Also there is a dog on top of the roof of an adjacent shop who barks all night so could drive some people mad. Take your jumper as can be drafty.

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Santa Maria Nightlife

  • by helenp57 Written Nov 29, 2011

    We had some great nights here if you love live music and want to get a feel for the music of Cape Verde this is the place to come but it's very popular so get there early. Music starts around 10pm and there is a great vibe and a real mix of ages and nationalities - it was really fun. The cocktails were fabulous and compared to back home real cheap too. Loved it and would recommend to anyone.

    Dress Code: Casual

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Santa Maria Shopping

  • by beechwood1 Written Feb 15, 2008

    Various t shirt shops all expensive 20Euros or 50 for a sweatshirt not worth the bother.
    Mainly Senegalese with the usual beads and bags you will need to barter and various other overpriced rubbish.
    You will need to fend off the people as they walk along asking you to come to their shop and are very persistant.

    What to buy: Nothing

    What to pay: A Lot

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Santa Maria Warnings and Dangers

  • by alisonlevett Written Jun 20, 2012

    The Pirata night club charges a huge premium for drinks for tourists. You are issued with a slip and must keep it to the end of the evening. Woe betide you if you lose it as the Italian owners of this club sem to be very agressive drives a ganster car - Hummer - and have a very large dog. The place is gloomy and largely populated with local woman and men, bioth of whom appear to be intent on scrounging free drinks - free for them that is but very expensive for you. Both sexes also seem keen to earn money for their bodies.

    Not a place to take your daughter.

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  • by beechwood1 Written Feb 15, 2008

    Stayed at a nice hotel The Morabeza but if you have a sunbed on the front deck close to the beach path beware of locals wondering in. They did when we were there and were looking to steal from the sunbeds etc. Even though the security chased them they hid under the surf centre opposite and then in the hotel garden all afternoon waiting.

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Santa Maria Tourist Traps

  • by beechwood1 Written Feb 15, 2008

    If you venture out into town onto jetty or the path along side the beach, Two guys one scottish accent one wigan accent will torment you to fill in a survey or something else they can concoct to get you to go look at apartments or virtual apartments as a lot of them have not been built yet. they remind you of timeshares in Tenerife, they are spoiling it for the tourists.

    Unique Suggestions: They are persistant just keep telling them you are on holiday and not iterested, they were still asking my wife and I on our 13th day there.

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Santa Maria Favorites

  • by beechwood1 Written Feb 15, 2008

    Favorite thing: If you are with company then it appears ok to walk around the town you don't need a taxi unless you are off the beaten track. I walked around with my wife at night you get the odd boy begging and the usual shop vendors approaching, just keep your bag close.

    Fondest memory: The Carnival Day was super all the drums and colourful costumes and dancing

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