Discover Sal Using These Awesome Tips!
Sal is part of Cape Verde, a group of ten islands off the west coast of Africa, this relatively unknown paradise is a former Portuguese colony. I completely fell in love with Sal and have even returned a couple of times, which is something I rarely do as I'm always looking for the next new destination to explore.
This island is absolutely gorgeous! It offers many sights and activities to enjoy on top of the beautiful crystal clear turquoise waters, white beaches, sun, and tropical vibes.
Sal meaning salt in Portuguese, is named after the two large salt ponds on the island; Pedra de Lume and Santa Maria.
This sunny island has beautiful sunshine and comfy temps throughout the year, the rainy season is from July to October, although rainfall is low. From October to June its the dry season, winds can blow hard at times so it's advisable to have a light jacket or a sweater for evening time.
Important to know:
You do need a visa to enter Cabo Verde! Make sure you arrange it enough time in advance.
If you are traveling directly from Europe there are no vaccinations required for entry. Consider speaking with your doctor about yellow fever, Hepatitis A & Typhoid.
The official language is Creole, Portuguese is the second language here, French is also spoken in some parts as well as English.
It's relatively easy to fly directly from Europe and the UK to Sal and Boa Vista which is the largest island.
Where to stay:
Santa Maria is where the magic happens and has everything you need and want within reach- Hotels, stunning beach, sports activities, excursions, and delicious restaurants, its all located here.
We stayed at this all-inclusive resort which was great on all levels, and of course right on the beach:
The Best things to do while in Sal:
Enjoy the good beach life! The beaches are sensational! Even though the water is ice cold, it's picture perfect, it's a good spot to work on those tan lines, go for walks, enjoy water sports activities, and go out of the water.
Quad riking is a cool way to discover the island.
Explore Santa María: Stroll around Santa Maria, take in the colorful vibes, top views, and atmosphere. Have lunch or dinner in one of the beachside restaurants. Visit the pier and fisherman market close up.
Visit Palmeira and the surrounding area
Ever been to the Dead Sea in Israel? Here you'll find a smaller version of it called Salinas of Pedra Lume, definitely a MUST do when visiting Sal. This is former salt mine in the crater of an extinct volcano, with therapeutic salt water. For a small fee, you can enjoy floating in the salty water and use the mud for your skin beauty treatment.
Visit Espargos, the Terra Boa mirage will appear like a lake in the desert landscape. It's a very unique experience!
Go diving or snorkeling in these stunning waters, you can leave directly from Santa Maria Beach.
Did you know that Cape Verde is recognized as the third most important nesting area for loggerhead turtles in the world?
Between May and October, you’ll have the opportunity to watch as baby turtles hatch and go for the sea.
Go island-hopping: Cape Verde is made of ten islands which are all different not just geographically but culturally as well.
For example, the jungles of Santiago, Fogo’s volcano while Sao Vicente is known as the cultural heart of the country, where you can experience traditional music and what Creole hospitality is all about.
Have a wonderful trip!
BONUS TIP: Stop by Shark bay!
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