Santa Maria Travel Guide

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Santa Maria Things to Do

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    by Dizzyhead Updated Jan 4, 2010

    You are here beacause of the good weather and the beaches. So, use the soft sand and the good weather. Take off your shoes and walk in the sand and enjoy when the sun goes down. Relax.

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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

  • BravoClub Vila do Farol

    Praia Santa Maria, Santa Maria, 4111, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Riu Funana

    Cabocan Lote A2, A3, Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Santa Maria Restaurants

  • Wraps & smoothies to die for!!

    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. Mexican chicken wrap,...

  • Expensive To Eat

    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...

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Santa Maria Nightlife

  • Live Music and cocktails

    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...

  • Drink some cold beers in the evening...

    It is a bar and I dont know if they play any live music here. But most of all the people hang out here and then they continue to any night club. What you want.

  • Dance all night here.

    Casual for the men and for girls so little as possible...LOL It doesnt matter what kind of clothes you have here, but I guess you would prefer to wear soft and not warm clothes.


Santa Maria Shopping

  • African wood animals.

    The most of the shops sell similiar things and everbody will give you a special price. You can buy many kind of wood figures, like faces and animals. Most f the things come from the mail land. No of these things are made by locals from Cabo Verde. It is up to you what you wanna pay.

  • Not Much to buy

    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. Nothing A Lot

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Santa Maria Local Customs

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    by Dizzyhead Updated Nov 26, 2009

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    Join the locals and exercise here on this gym. I regret that I did not do that. It could have open doors for me and I could maybe started to talk with the locals. It is free and you get a tan at the same time. And also it is good to exercise, instead of drinking cold beers in the warm evenings.

    No people exercise when I took the pcture.
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Santa Maria Warnings and Dangers

  • Pirata Night Club Prices

    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...

  • Tourists pay more in Pirata.

    Well, when you go to pirata and other kind of night clubs here in Santa Maria the tourists pay another entrance fee and the drinks are much more expensive, compare if you live there or are a local. Much more. Try to avoid that and lie, and say that you work hereere with something. I would suggest you to say that you are in the tourism business or...

  • Prostitutes in Pirata.

    If you go to the dancing place Pirata, you have to know that first of all that most of the domestic girls there are looking for your money. You do what you want of course, but I would not recommend it. You never know what deseases you can get from them.


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 Off The Beaten Path

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    by Dizzyhead Written Apr 14, 2008

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    Well, this is one of the local bars I visited and I met the locals. I liked that and the prices are much better. Here you meet the real inhabitants. Dont be shy and try to talk to them. Now Santa Maria is a city with many tourists, but if you travel to another island, just be friendly, openminded and talk. I would do that!

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Santa Maria Sports & Outdoors

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    by Dizzyhead Written Sep 3, 2008

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    Well, many of the young kids play footbal on the beach and it can be nice to see. It is of course not grass fields, but the football become more interesting in the sand. They just play for fun and everybody can join them I think. I never did. I prefered to sit and watch with my beer in my hand.

    Equipment: Maybe sun glasses....It can be good to have here when the sun is strong.

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Santa Maria Favorites

  • A bar and and internet café.

    Go to Muff and there you have cheap internet and cheap beers. He can also fix some food for you. Just drink here and you will save money. Maybe it is very small, but I just met one tourist here. It is a place for local people. perfect place to interact with the local people.

  • Sante Maria at night

    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. The Carnival Day was super all the drums and colourful costumes and dancing

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