Santa Maria, Sal
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Santa Maria, Sal

Santa Maria in the south of Sal is the most popular spot to stay on the island with the main beach & a great choice of restaurants and cuisine in a town that caters for all tastes and budgets. The speciality of the town of course is fish with the daily catch brought in and served up in front of your eyes – perfect after a hard days kiting!

The best time of year to come here is in our winter from November to May when the tradewinds that were blowing in the Canaries in the summer move down and serve Cape Verde archipelago. It is one of the main choices for our customers wanting a bit of winter sun & wind and is perfect as only a short hop from the UK- the flight is just over 5 hours long.

Santa Maria has a population of 15,000 and growing. This was a former salt working village but due to its amazing beach is now more known as a windsurf/kitesurf hotspot. From here you can easily access other beaches on both sides of the island.

Getting around the island is usually done by taxis or hire cars. The recommendation here is to have a 4x4 as some of the spots can be a little off the beaten track. The taxi drivers are pretty flexible, if you head down to kite beach for example, they are happy to be paid on the return journey

Morabeza Hotel
Distance to Beach :
On site
Distance to Centre :
On site
Room Basis :
B and B
Half Board
All Inclusive
Rating :
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Originally built in the early 1960’s as a private residence, but opened it’s doors to the crew of the first international flights to come to Sal - from South African Airways. Since then, it has grown to 140 rooms, and is classed as one of the best hotels on the island. It means “welcome” in the local language, and this is the sentiment that you feel straight away. It is set right on the beach, on the south side of the island and is only a short hop away from our centre.
Complex Features :
Two swimming pools
Tennis courts
Pool & snack bar
Games room
Beachfront location
Fitness club
Room Features :
Air conditioning
En-suite facilities
Satellite TV
Refrigerator
Wi-Fi (payable locally)
Safe (payable locally)
Bazamore Apartments
Distance to Beach :
On site
Distance to Centre :
5 mins
Room Basis :
B and B
Rating :
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The 4* Bazamore Apartments are located right behind the Morabeza Hotel and are part of the hotel. They are ideal for families or those people who want a bit more space whilst still benefitting from the facilities of the hotel. There are one bedroom apartments sleeping upto 4 guests and 2 bedroom apartments that will accommodate six.
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Pontao Hotel
Distance to Beach :
200m
Distance to Centre :
500m
Room Basis :
B and B
Rating :
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For a slightly different budget, there is the very affordable 2* Pontao Hotel. This is one road back from the beachfront & mainly rated a 2* due to lack of sea views and extra facilities. However, it does offer rooms that are spacious, clean and comfortable. There is also a pool which has a lovely area around it to relax in after a hard days kiting!
Complex Features :
Pool
Bar area
Internet access in lobby
B & B
Room Features :
Air conditioning
Bathroom with shower
Minibar
Satellite TV
Telephone
Balcony or terrace
Melia Tortuga
Distance to Beach :
On site
Distance to Centre :
4km to Santa Maria
Room Basis :
All Inclusive
Rating :
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The Melia Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa is located on the south of the island of Sal. It’s a perfect location as it is just a 10 min taxi ride to the centre of Santa Maria and the hotel itself is made up of 286 luxurious Hotel Suites and gives a great combination of relaxation and leisure.
Complex Features :
Four restaurants
Pool bar
Two adult pools and Two children’s pools
Water sports
Beachfront location
Gym
Wellness centre
Room Features :
Air conditioning
Balcony or terrace
Fridge
Hairdryer
Kitchenette
Lounge
Satellite TV
Separate bathroom
Shower
Oasis Salinas Sea
Distance to Beach :
5 min walk
Distance to Centre :
5 min walk
Room Basis :
B and B
All Inclusive
Rating :
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The Oasis Salinas Sea is on the pristine white sands of Santa Maria beach and just a five min walk to the centre of Santa Maria. With its quality dining, comfortable rooms and its great location it’s a perfect choice for a relaxing stay in Cape Verde.

The hotel boasts a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, which has an open air Jacuzzi and is surrounded by a sun deck that is furnished with chic loungers and parasols. The poolside is found just footsteps from the beach, so you can enjoy views across the sea as you swim or relax by the water. Inside the hotel you will find a number of places to unwind, such as the leisure area and the reading area. You can enjoy some local and international cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, which offers beautiful views across the beach and of the ocean. The hotel has 337 rooms and each room is decorated using contemporary, chic interior design. There is also an outdoor Spa which offers guests different types of massages and therapeutic programs.

Complex Features :
Outdoor swimming pool
Jacuzzi
Separate children's pool
Sun terrace with sunloungers and parasols
Beach/pool towels available
Buffet restaurant
Traditional à la carte restaurant
Two snack bars
Pool bar
Beach bar
Wellness centre offering Massage
Evening and daytime entertainment
Hotel-run kids club (4-12yrs)
24hr reception with money exchange
Wi-Fi
Laundry facilities
Room Features :
Air conditioning
Phone
Tv with international channels
Wifi
Digital safe box
Mini bar
Tea and coffee facilities
Interconnecting family rooms available
Bathroom with shower and hair-dryer
Oasis Belorizonte
Distance to Beach :
5 min walk
Distance to Centre :
5 min walk
Room Basis :
B and B
Half Board
All Inclusive
Rating :
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Situated on the white sands of Santa Maria beach the Oasis Belorizonte is a well established hotel with great facilities.

The hotel is mainly composed of bungalow type properties built on the beach between small lawns and terraces inviting you to relax and enjoy the climate. The hotel also offers superior rooms in the main building with balconies overlooking the one of the swimming pools. Minutes from the amenities of Santa Maria, Belorizonte is perfectly placed for a stroll along the promenade to visit the local shops, bars and restaurants and of course take full advantage of the excellent expanse of beach right on your doorstep.

Complex Features :
3 swimming pools - two of them salty water
Jacuzzi
3 children's swimming pools
Children playground
Kids Club
Tennis court
Gym
Games room
Towel service
Sun beds and parasols
Laundry
24 hr Reception
Currency Exchange
Wi-Fi (payable locally)
Room Features :
Balcony
Hair dryer
Minibar
Phone
Satellite television service
Safe
Air conditioning
Agua Sal Vila Verde
Distance to Beach :
20 minutes walk
Distance to Centre :
20 minutes walk
Room Basis :
Room Only
Rating :
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Agua Sal Vila Verde is located on the Island of Sal,Cape Verde. It is made up of 158 apartments set in a beautiful garden. It is only a short 15 minute transfer from the airport and the beach is within walking distance. The apartments offer excellent facilities and have everything you would need for you stay from a fully equipped kitchen, to a hairdryer and a balcony.
Complex Features :
Pool
Childrens pool
24 Front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
2 Restaurants
Bar/Lounge area
Family rooms available
Kids club
Playground
Room Features :
Air Con
Hair dryer
TV/DVD player
Satellite Channels
Wifi (extra charge may apply)
Balcony
Fully equipped kitchen

The Spot & Conditions

The kitesurfing conditions on this beautiful island are a little more challenging for intermediates & the more experienced rider. The reason for this is that the wind tends to blow cross-offshore or side-shore.  For those of you who are happy staying upwind, then this is possibly the best destination just a short hop from the UK. You can get a great introduction to small waves at Kite Beach and by the end of your trip be doing the downwinder back to Santa Maria. Kite Beach is just under 10 minutes from the main beach front hotels of Santa Maria in a taxi or 15-20 from the West Coast Hotels like the RIU's.

There is also arguably the best kitesurfing wave in the world at Punta Preta just 15mins from Santa Maria, a sweet right hander!

The best conditions are by far in our winter- mainly November to May. There are several launch locations to choose from - but most of them have waves from about 2ft to 6ft and generally a steep shelf that drops quickly into deeper water.

The wind conditions throughout the winter are quite reliable, with typical north east breezes blowing throughout the day at strength of 20-25 knots.

Kite Beach- this is the main spot where kiters head to cross-on conditions and small waves. This beach is located on the east side of the island and is the best all round beach for kitesurfing.  You can learn here but its best for intermediate riders and above, with the wind direction cross on from left and with 2-4 ft waves so great for learning to get over and ride in waves.  Our partner school also does a downwinder from here back to Santa Maria – awesome!

Santa Maria- this is where most of the hotels are based and so it is this beach which is the easiest to get to and from. Wind shifts between cross and cross offshore but it can be a little gusty due to the proximity of the town and the wind coming over the buildings. There can be a little shore dump but generally the water is flatter here so is good for intermediates.

Punte Lemje- this is to the east of Santa Maria and has a nice little wave.

Punta Preta- this is known as the big one! This is the location for the KSP world tour, the class of wave here is world class and world renown. Be careful here though, no rescue boat and no lifeguard so you are on your own making it suitable for advanced riders.

The Centre

Based on the main Santa Maria beach, our fantastic team here will be pleased to see you and give you all the guidance and support you need about the local conditions. We offer a hotel pick up service here from all of the hotels on the island as part of the supervised kiting package or lessons, just check in on the first day and leave the rest to us. We will also escort you to Kite Beach and again offer full support for the downwinder at the end of the day.

12 Hour Beginner Course

A semi private intensive course perfect for complete beginners and covering everything from safety, kite set up, flying skills and body dragging, culminating in getting up and riding on the board. Group size 2 to 1 instructor. An 8 hour course is avaialble at £215.00 pp

£310

4 Hour Intermediate Course

Ideal for those who have yet to crack the waterstart or those who need to regain their sea-legs after a period of time off the water. Refreshes your kite flying skills and gets you making those first runs on the board - woo hoo!. Group size 2-6 students

£205

2 Hour Private Instruction, excluding kit

Want to nail that kite loop or raillie? 1:1 instruction lets the instructor concentrate 100% on your technique whatever you want to practice.

£115

7 day standard equipment Rental

Upgrade to Premium kit from an extra £25.00 for a week or £35.00 for two.

£250

14 day standard equipment Rental

Upgrade to Premium kit from an extra £25.00 for a week or £35.00 for two.

£380

Storage & rescue 7 days  

£48

Storage & rescue 14 days

£92
As the island is such a holiday hot spot, there are a host of other activites that any non-kiting members of your party can enjoy. There is some fantastic diving to he had on Sal but some of the activities include horse riding, quad biking, sightseeing, sport fishing, and angling. Whatever you enjoy doing, there is something here for everyone!
  • Solos
  • Familes
  • Nightlife
  • Horse Riding
  • Diving
  • SUP
  • Snorkelling
  • Boat
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Downwinders
  • Eating Out
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Car Hire