#3 under-the-radar destination
Santa Maria
Cape Verde

You're going to love Santa Maria

While the beach is an attractive reason to visit the sunset horseback ride will be the experience you won't soon forget.
Santa Maria is great for beach, nature, relaxation & adventure.

Hacker Tip

If you're thinking about a trip to the Azores or Canary Islands consider an added stop in Cape Verde. Santa Maria on the island of Sal has pretty beaches wildlife and opportunities to get active. Head to the aptly-named Kite Beach for a popular spot for kitesurfing.
Santa Maria
6,258
population
Portuguese
language
3rd
largest city in Cape Verde
98.91
Cape Verdean Escudo equals $1 USD

Getting to Santa Maria

There are plenty of affordable direct flight options from Europe which makes this city a great add-on as a relaxing beach vacay to your next Europtrip. Once you land on Sal the taxi ride to Santa Maria is less than 20 minutes.

Median airfare by month

$804 Median airfare from US to Santa Maria in January

Median airfare by time before departure

$1014 Median airfare 1 month before departure date
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Staying in Santa Maria

Take your pick from luxury resorts or smaller hotels that are walking distance from the beach.

Median hotel rate by month

$151 Median January hotel rate

Median hotel rate by night

$189 Median Sunday hotel rate

Trending Santa Maria hotels

Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort
8.7 Excellent | $110+
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Oasis Salinas Sea Oasis Salinas Sea
8.8 Excellent | $85+
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Morabeza Hotel Morabeza Hotel
9.2 Excellent | $115+
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Odjo d'Agua Odjo d'Agua
8.8 Excellent | $76+
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When in Santa Maria

Weather in Santa Maria

Average Temperature (°F)
70° Average temperature in January

Eating in Santa Maria

What should you order while you’re in Santa Maria?

Cachupa is the national dish of Cape Verde, but there are slight variations across each island. When in Santa Maria, you won’t want to miss this hearty stew of fish or meat slow-cooked with corn, beans, cassava and sweet potato.
Santa Maria

What you’ll expect to pay (USD)

$6
Cheap meal
$1
A beer
$35
Nice dinner for 2
5-10%
Standard tip for good service
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