SAL ISLAND - HOTEL ZONE
Santa Maria Beachfront
The main beachfront town of Santa Maria is situated at the southern end of the island, around a 20-minute drive from the airport. This area is a popular tourist location with many developing hotel complexes and other construction projects. Santa Maria is a scenic seaside destination boasting luxurious hotel complexes, bountiful restaurants, and beachside bars. A laidback beachside vibe runs through the town which has plenty to offer vacationers including stunning long stretches of white sandy beaches lapped by the clear blue waters of the mid-Atlantic Ocean. The beaches are a popular location for sunbathing, swimming, diving, surfing, and windsurfing, along with the possibility to see sea turtles nesting at night. The main focal points in the town of Santa Maria are the pier and the beautiful town square where eateries and shops can be found. The main port of Palmeira offers a number of bars and restaurants but no accommodation. Santa Maria is adoringly decorated by pastel-colored houses, it is the perfect seaside vacation spot.