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Enjoy long, romantic walks along Santa Maria’s golden shoreline and the unspoilt white beaches of Boa Vista.


Eat, drink and dance with the locals during carnival time in February.

Animal lovers:

Catch a glimpse of nesting loggerhead turtles and humpback whales.

Fast Facts

Language: The language spoken in Cape Verde is Portuguese.

Currency: The currency used in Cape Verde is the Cape Verdean escudo.

Local time: Cape Verde is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: : Amílcar Cabral International Airport is the main international airport in Cape Verde. The airport is around 17km from Santa Maria.

Flight time from UK: 6 hours

Tourist Information: Further Cape Verde tourist information can be found here

Visa & Health:Before you travel, visit here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cape Verde.

Getting Around

By mini-bus: Shared mini-buses known as ‘aluguers’ are a great way to take in some of the most popular spots in Cape Verde without breaking the bank. You can flag them down in the street and get off at any point

By taxi: Taxis in Cape Verde are easy to identify –they’re light blue with a yellow stripe along the side. Know that prices can change depending on the time of day.

By ferry/plane: Various ferries and planes travel between the islands.


Carnival: Taking place in February, Sao Vincente’s Mindelo Carnival is one of Cape Verde’s biggest annual events. Locals dance through the town’s cobbled streets, dressed head to toe in shimmering sequins and brightly coloured feathers. Pounding samba rhythms fill the air as thousands of visitors join in with the festivities.

Live music: If the idea of lying on the beach while listening to live music is your idea of heaven, then you won’t want to miss the Festival de Musica da Baia das Gatas in August. Jazz, Latin, reggae and traditional Cape Verdean bands take to the stage, with festival-goers dancing on the beach until the small hours.

Holidays in Cape Verde

Cape Verde Winter Holidays Cape Verde Holidays Summer 2015

If you are looking for a hot & sunny winter holiday, Cape Verde is the place to be. Like diamonds cast into the Atlantic, Cape Verde comprises of ten unique islands lying off the west coast of Africa. A little further south than the Canary Islands, these volcanic islands with year round sun, have been dubbed the African Caribbean with their stunning sandy beaches, dramatic surf, tropical birds and enchanting sea life.

Prices start from £389

Santa Maria's centre is the place for an evening out, with a choice of beachfront restaurants and secluded bars. At the weekend, the bars and restaurants come alive with a buzz of live music and thrilling dances. For a truly one-of-a-kind experience, Tchuklasa, off the coast of Santa Maria, is a group of caves reached only by diving. But for those like life at a slower pace, if you lay back on beautiful beaches you may be lucky enough to spot the rare Green Sea Turtle.

Santa Maria

Santa Maria in Cape Verde

Sal, Cape Verde's most popular island, is all about beaches and there's none better, for exhilarating watersports or relaxing bays, than those in the bay of Santa Maria. Most hotels in Santa Maria are right near the beach, so you can spend all day gazing out to the sparkling turquoise ocean whilst you sip on a cooling Cape Verdean caiprinha.

Recommended offers in Cape Verde

Cape Verde, Santa Maria

Oasis Atlantico Salinas Sea Resort
4 Stars

7 nights all inclusive  flying from London Gatwick

  • Beachfront Location
  • Modern Stylish Décor
  • Exclusive to Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook

Stay from £668

Cape Verde, Santa Maria

smartline Crioula Club Hotel & Resort
3 Stars

7 nights all inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Great value for money
  • Exclusive to Airtours
  • Beachfront Loacation
Thomas Cook

Stay from £508

Cape Verde, Santa Maria

Oasis Atlantico Belorizonte Hotel
3 Stars

7 nights all inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Beachfront location
  • Three outdoor swimming pools
  • Hotel-run kids' club
Thomas Cook

Stay from £531

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