When you’re planning a trip to Sal in Cape Verde, you probably wonder what are the best things to do on the island? We visited the island during our roundtrip in Cape Verde, and made a list of the 25 best things to do in Sal.
Here’s a list of the best things to do in Sal:
- Relax on one of the famous beaches
- Explore the island by car
- Visiting the Natural Spa in the famous salt lakes
- Have dinner with the locals
- Explore the island on a quad bike
- Enjoy the hiking trails
- Go turtle watching
- Join a village tour and get to know the locals
- Swim with Sharks
- Eat Cachupa
- Day visit to Boa Vista (neighboring island)
- Scuba Diving
- Shop for African souvenirs
- Sleep at Sal’s first hotel; Hotel Morabeza
- A sailing trip around the island
- Visit nature’s Blue Eye
- Enjoy a night in Santa Maria
- Have dinner at Bar di Nos
- Visit the local fish market
- Taste Grogue (local liquor)
- Hike for the best Panoramic island view
- Explore Monte Garde
- Go Whale Watching
It is a long list with 25 activities, which can make your trip to Sal more spectacular. We will explain the activities more in detail, so you can prepare in the best way for your next trip to Sal!
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#1 Go to the beach -- The best beaches on Sal
Let’s be honest. That’s why everyone is going to Sal. To chill on the beach, get a little tan, swim in the ocean, and to charge your battery after stressful days of work. Beach more, worry less.
Santa Maria Beach
The best beach in Sal is the beach of Santa Maria. It’s called Santa Maria Beach. Santa Maria is the liveliest town of Sal in the south and has a beautiful and long golden sandy beach with a variety of beach bars, hotels, restaurants, and shops along the bay. It’s a perfect beach for swimming. And on this beach there are enough activities to do from jet-skiing, snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, massages, flyboarding, and fishing. You name it. It’s there! If you are planning your trip to Sal 90% chance, you’ll end up in Santa Maria. It’s the town where most of the tourists go-to for shopping, lunch, dinner and most of the accommodation on Sal are in or around Santa Maria.
Ponta Preta Beach
Another beautiful beach on Sal is Ponta Preta Beach. It’s also in the south, but on the west side of Sal. This beach is similar to Santa Maria Beach with soft sand and beautiful turquoise water. But it’s less crowded and has a more natural landscape. If you are looking for more tranquillity than this beach is perfect. From Santa Maria, you can walk for about 20 minutes or take a taxi for a couple of euros to go to this beach.
On the east side of Sal in the south, you have Kite Beach. It’s the beach with the most wind, so this is not the beach for sunbathing. It’s the best beach to go kite surfing. There are many surf schools on this beach where you can rent your gear and fuel up with good food and drinks.
#2 Rent a car and explore the island
The easiest way to explore Sal is to rent a car. In Santa Maria, there are many car rental companies. It is a matter of just walking through the two main streets, going inside and get your car. You can also rent a car online in advance. During European school holidays, it can often be busy so rent your car online if you want to be sure.
Sal has several paved roads and a few tourist spots that are accessible via unpaved roads. It is sometimes a bit of searching along the way, but if you ask for directions, everyone is always willing to help you. Driving 30 km per hour is necessary on the unpaved roads. There are not many signs that refer to all the tourist spots on the island, so it is sometimes a quest to get there. At least that’s how we experienced it. It may also be our navigation skills 😉. It makes driving on the Cape Verde Islands that much more fun and an easy way to get in contact with the locals if you are lost and need help.
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#3 Go surfing
Yes. Sal is now known as one of the best kitesurf hotspots in the world. The best beach is even called Kite Beach, east of Santa Maria.
Kitebeach is a 3 km long white sandy beach with turquoise sea. A paradise for kite surfers. Both advanced and beginners can go to Kite beach for a full week of kite surfing or just for a day. There are plenty of surf schools that offer lessons, rent out gear, and have good food to fuel up and provide drinks after a long day on the water. Do you not need more ingredients, right?
Another excellent spot for surfing is at Monte Leão on the west side of Sal. Because the wind comes from North-East, it’s an excellent spot for windsurfing.
Sal is perfect for all water-based sports due to the constant trade wind blowing on the Cape Verde islands. Also, Boa Vista and other Cape Verde Islands are great destinations for kitesurfing. The Kitesurf season is between November and April. The wind is the strongest in February and March.
Check out all the best spots for kitesurfing on Sal and other detailed information for your kitesurfing travel adventure on Sal.
Did you know that the Cape Verdean island Boa Vista is even a better place for Kite and Windsurfing? Read all about in our article Best Surf Spots in Boa Vista.
#4 Go to the Natural Spa of the Cape Verde Islands -- Salinas de Pedra de Lume
Salinas de Pedra de Lume is the salt lakes of the Cape Verde Islands. It’s probably the most famous landmark of the Cape Verde Islands. The lakes are on the list of nominees for the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the 18th century, the salt ponds were used for the exploitation of salt. The export of salt used to be the most significant source of income for the Cape Verde Islands. It’s in the name. Sal means salt in Portuguese.
Now the most significant income is tourism, so they turned the Salinas into a natural spa where you can get a salt and mud cure. And float/ swim in the salt lakes because it’s 27 times saltier than the ocean. The water is a maximum of one meter deep, and there are showers available. You want to shower afterward. The salt smells a bit.
The entrance fee is € 5, which includes swimming. And there is a small restaurant for food and drinks. At the restaurant/ spa you can book your massages and other treatments.
Almost every island tour will drop you off at the Salinas. With some tours there is enough time for a swim, others are just there for a quick visit. It’s also easy to explore the Salinas by yourself. You can get a taxi and make a deal with the driver to wait for 1-2 hours or rent a car or quad to drive to the Salinas on your own.
Tip to avoid the crowds!
Most buses with tourists arrive shortly after 10 a.m. If you want to avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit at 9 a.m. when it opens. Or just before closing time. You can also take a nice walk around the volcano crater or the salt pans within the volcano crater. Not a lot of tourists do this so you can explore the other side of the Salinas with almost no one around. It’s like walking on the moon. Not that we’ve ever been to the moon and know how it looks like but still. It has a surreal landscape you don’t see a lot.
#5 Go snorkeling -- Best snorkel spots!
What better way to spend your day is to go snorkeling. The ocean is the best place to be alone with your thoughts and looking for some peacetime. So what are the best snorkel places on Sal?
Christ of the Seas
About 200 meters off the coast of Santa Maria, you can find the Christ of the Seas at a depth of about 6 meters. At Odjo d’Agua hotel you can enter the water and swim to it if you are an experienced swimmer. You can aim for the many boats that stop here during a snorkel trip. Due to strong the current, it can be difficult sometimes. You can also ask a local fishing boat on the pier that can drop you off. It can save you a lot of money you don’t need to spend on an expensive snorkeling tour. And you support a local fisher who can use a penny.
Best Snorkel Tour!
Would you like a well-organized snorkel day trip that is run by friendly and fun Cape Verdeans? Contact TudFish. They provide snorkel trips, fishing trips, fun beach bbq’s on the beach of Santa Maria and other customized island tours. TudFish is run by the Cape Verdean Stephen and his Dutch wife, Else Zonneveld.
A lot of money tourists spend on Sal ends up with the major travel organizations. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end up in the pocket of the people of the Cape Verde Islands. By booking non-commercial tours at local companies like TudFish, you support the Cape Verdeans. We’ve met Else and Stephen a couple of times during our time on Sal, and we would advise you to book your island tours with them. It’s the best way to experience Sal in the most authentic way possible!
Palmeira -- Alternative Snorkel Spot
An also great spot to go snorkeling is in Palmeira. A small fishermen village east of Espargos. You can book a snorkeling tour in town or ask local fishers that can help you out as well.
Snorkel Spot: Murdeira Bay
Another good snorkeling spot is Murdeira Bay. That is a 10-minute drive from Santa Maria and Espargos. Murdeira Bay is a protected area, so boats throw their anchor in the deep water not to damage the coral. This means you still have to swim a bit towards the reef. It is an ideal workout to get rid of the lazy sweat of the beach days before 😉
#6 Eat at a locals house
The best way to discover the Cape Verde Islands culture is by the local cuisine. And with Resirest you can eat at a local family’s house that will prepare a traditional meal for you. Resirest connects locals and travelers all over the world through local home dining experiences. Download their app and book your local experience in Sal right away!
#7 Explore Sal by Quad Bikes
The most fun way to explore Sal is on a quad. You can go with the many quad tours available on Sal or rent a quad and explore on your own. The costs for one quad (for two people) is approximately € 70 per day, and the deposit is between € 100 -- € 150. In Santa Maria, you can find numerous quad rental companies. Make sure you wear glasses and a scarf to protect your eyes and mouth from the sand.
This is the best off-the-beaten-track experience you can have on Sal!
#8 Go hiking in the natural reserve of Sal, Serra Negra
Serra Negra on the east side of Sal is a natural reserve with an altitude of 104 meters. It stretches out for 2,5 km along the east coast. From Serra Negra, you’ll have an awesome panorama over the southern part of Sal, and if you are lucky, you can even see Boa Vista. This island is the closest to Sal from all the Cape Verde Islands. The natural reserve is ideal for hiking and trekking, and you can explore a less touristy side of Sal.
When you’re into hiking, you might be better of visiting a different Cape Verdean island. Island hopping between the different islands is straightforward, so it is easy to plan a roundtrip. The islands that are popular among hikers are Santo Antão, Santiago, and Fogo. You can read more about it in this article.
#9 Spot turtles
The Cape Verde Islands is the third biggest nesting point for the Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) turtles in the world. You can spot these turtles on all the Cape Verde Islands but especially on Sal, Boa Vista and Maio (Find out more in our article Which Is The Best Island To Visit in Cape Verde?)
The biggest chance to spot the turtles is between June and November when the turtles are laying their eggs on the beach. And six weeks later you can spot the little ones trying to make it out to the ocean. On Sal, you can book a turtle walking tour at night with a guide. They know how to spot the turtles and the best way to approach the animals. Book a tour with a company that is all for protecting the turtles and about conservation, and make sure you’ll have the best experience!
Did you know Turtle Spotting is one of the best activities to do in Boa Vista, the island next to Sal? You can read all about in this article!
#10 Go on a village tour to meet the Cape Verdeans
The best way to experience the Cape Verde Islands is to meet the locals. Justenjoysal offers village tours where you can experience Sal away from big hotels and souvenir shops. You will end your day with a nice lunch or dinner with a Cape Verdean family.
#11 Swim with sharks!
Yes. As we mentioned before, you can swim with sharks in Sal!! Swimming with sharks was the highlight of our trip to Sal and the most adrenaline-filled experience of our time on the Cape Verde Islands. Well for Kirsten it was 😉
On the east coast of Sal is Shark Bay, where you can swim with lemon sharks that can reach a length of 3,5 meters. These sharks are ‘vegetarian sharks’ because they only eat greens and fish. They are more afraid of you than that you should be afraid of them. And there are only a few places in the world where swimming with lemon sharks is possible.
Shark Bay is close to Pedra Lume and is ideal to combine with a visit to the Salinas. On the road from Espargos to the Salinas de Pedra de Lume, turn right to a dirt road just before Pedra Lume heading south. There isn’t a big sign but follow the tire tracks for 20 minutes along the coast, and you will get to Shark Bay. If you see a small cabin with local guides and parked cars, you’re at the right spot! The local guides will tell you all you need to know about the sharks and where it’s best to enter the water. Make sure to rent their water shoes because of sea urchins.
Tips & tricks to get as close as possible
Most people come between 11 am. -- 3 p.m. It can be bustling, which doesn’t make things easy to get close to the sharks. Because of the crowds and noise, the sharks will stay at a distance, so you will only see some fins popping out of the water.
We recommend going to Shark Bay at around 4 pm. Most tourists are already gone, and the guides have enough time to explain to you how to get close to the sharks. Lemon sharks are reef sharks, so they swim in shallow water. Swimming with these sharks also means swimming / walking in shallow water.
Curious how Kirsten survived the lemon sharks of Sal? Watch this Travel Guide video, and you will find out! Plus more information about the Cape Verde Islands and other activities you can do on Sal.
#12 Eat Cachupa. The most traditional meal of the Cape Verde Islands
You can’t visit the Cape Verde Islands without trying their most traditional dish, Cachupa. It’s a slow-cooked stew of corn, beans, cassava, sweet potato, fish and meat. Every island of Cape Verde has its variation, and you can order Cachupa everywhere in almost any local restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Depends on the strength of your stomach 😉
The Cape Verdeans usually prepare Cachupa for dinner, and what’s leftover, they keep it for breakfast the next day. All the Cape Verdeans love it and want you to try it. We didn’t like it, sorry. But 10 points for trying right 😉
Find out more traditional things about Cape Verde in our article; What is Cape Verde Famous For?
#13 Visit Boa Vista for a day
You can visit one of the other Islands of Cape Verde for one day, just by hopping on a sailing or catamaran cruise. This trip is only possible if the weather permits. The sea between these islands can be rough at times. Unfortunately, you can’t use this trip as a ferry to get to Boa Vista. Yes, we’ve tried as well. It’s only a day trip with a quick visit to Boa Vista. Do you want to travel to Boa Vista? Then the best way is to fly between these Cape Verde Islands. It’s a very short flight of around 15 minutes. Check out our recommendations on how to book the cheapest flight.
Find out more about Boa Vista in our article; What Can You Do In Boa Vista?
#14 Shop African Souvenirs
When you walk through Santa Maria 99% chance, someone will come up to you to sell their self-made African souvenirs. The majority of souvenir shops on Sal are owned by West-Africans who have traveled to Sal (500 km from the coast of West Africa) for a better life. They are much more aggressive in approaching tourists compared to the Cape Verdeans. In every shop, they have the same stuff. But hey there are some beautiful paintings or other African crafts you can buy which will make you a pleased shopper.
#15 Go Scuba Diving
Around Sal, there are more than 15 exciting diving spots. You can dive in the blue hole on Sal and dive with rays, turtles, and sharks all on the same day. The best diving team to book your next dive is Scuba Team Cabo Verde
They offer day trips, packages, and diving courses and are located in the center of Santa Maria.
#16 Stay the night at Sal’s first hotel, Hotel Morabeza
Hotel Morabeza is a four-star hotel and was the first hotel on Sal. To this day it’s still one of the best hotels on the island. It was founded by a Belgian couple who were looking for a sunny destination to settle in the sixties. The business expanded and they now even attached a beach club. It still has a very family-run vibe to it, so it’s worth to pay a visit, drink a cocktail, or stay a couple of nights.
Book your stay at Hotel Morabeza
#17 Sail away around Sal
Go on Tripadvisor number 1 rated sailing trip ‘White Time” with Alwaysailing.
This full-day trip departing from Santa Maria Pier includes hotel pick-up, swimming, snorkeling, open bar, champagne toast, full gourmet lunch, and the best crew there is. Do we need to say more? It doesn’t get any more luxurious on the Cape Verde Islands then this!
#18 Visit Buracona – The Blue Eye
On the north-west side of Sal, you have another popular tourist attraction: Buracona. It’s a bay 5 km north of Palmeira which you can reach by an unpaved road along the coastline. At Buracona there are two reasons you want to pay a visit. Swim in the natural pool and see the Blue Eye. The entrance fee is €6.
See the blue eye
At exactly noon (or around noon. Depends on the month) the sun shines directly into an underwater cave and turns it into what looks like a blue eye. Expect a lot of people around this time of day so it can be very crowded. If you come afterward, there is a big chance you won’t have to pay an entrance fee.
Swim in the natural pool
The waves carved a natural pool into the rocks. You can swim and relax in the natural pool and have a beautiful view of the ocean. Sometimes the sea can be rough, which makes it dangerous to swim. Check it out when you arrive at Buracona.
#19 Enjoy a night in Santa Maria
Enjoy a night out in the town, Santa Maria. As I said before Santa Maria is the liveliest town of Sal with enough bars and restaurants to choose from for a great night out on the town.
At night Santa Maria comes alive with live music in almost every restaurant. It’s fun to walk around and feel the vibe on the streets. And there is something for every budget, whether you want a luxurious dinner, grab a burger, or try local food.
Londres Jazzy Bistro is an excellent choice to grab a drink during happy hour or eat one of their delicious hamburgers. And they have good wifi. If you want to go all out, then Baraonda is a good pick. It’s a great Italian restaurant in the middle of Santa Maria after that enjoy a late drink at Buddy’s bar or One Love Reggae or any other bar that pumps up the music after 10 p.m.
The best breakfast or lunch you can get at Cape Fruit. It’s a small and cute restaurant a little bit to the east of the center of Santa Maria. With hammocks, Fatboy’s, and cozy couches, you will start your day in the most relaxing way. They make the most amazing fresh fruit shakes and the best sandwiches in town!
#20 Eat at Bar di Nos -- The best local restaurant in Sal
Okay, you can’t leave Sal without having dinner at Bar di Nos. It’s the best local restaurant in Sal and one of our favorite places in the Cape Verde Islands. We spend two weeks exploring Sal, and we probably ate eight times at Bar di Nos because it was so good. It’s also the place where all the locals go to when they have a night out. You will see taxi drivers popping in and out. So that’s always a good radar for us. Do you want great local food? Check out where the locals eat.
Don’t expect a fancy restaurant. It’s a Cape Verdean restaurant with a couple of tables inside, but most of the plastic chairs and tables are out on the streets. Bar di Nos is located just outside the center of Santa Maria. It’s maybe a 3-minute walk from the main roads. What’s so great? The BBQ. We passed this restaurant every day when we were walking into Santa Maria around 5 p.m., and we could smell the BBQ from far away. I don’t know what the secret ingredient sauce is on the chicken and sausages, but it’s great. And the chef is a great BBQ griller!! We don’t eat seafood, but we saw great seafood dishes passing by from the grill so if you’re into that: Bar di Nos it is as well. And it’s always fresh seafood coming from the local fish market in Santa Maria.
And the price is excellent as well. For two dishes and a couple of drinks, you will pay around €15. Now that is fun going out to dinner, right? Plus you will get a free Cape Verdean experience.
Do you promise to go to Bar di Nos when you are in Sal?
#21 Visit the local fish market on the pier of Santa Maria
In the morning there is a fish market on the dock of Santa Maria. All the fishermen come back with their latest catches and sell them to the local restaurants. It has become a tourist attraction, so the Cape Verdeans also catch other things like sharks to show to the tourists. And earn money with pictures and stuff. It’s fun to walk around for a couple of minutes to experience the vibe.
#22 Drink Grogue -- the national drink of the Cape Verde Islands
Grogue is an alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane. It’s like a rum. And the people the Cape Verde Islands take Grogue very seriously. They love it and don’t want to live without it. For some, it’s better if they do, but that’s a whole different story ;). When you order a cocktail in a bar most of the time, they use Grogue. So big chances you will drink it without even knowing it.
On other Islands of Cape Verde, you can see how they make it traditionally. We visited a Grogue brewery on Santo Antão. You can find out more watching our travel show
#23 Get the best panoramic view of Sal
When you are driving around Sal. You for sure will go to Espargos in the middle of the Island. Type in Mirador in your GPS or Phone, and you will end up on a hill in Espargos that has a panoramic view over the entire island.
#24 Explore Monte Grande
Monte Grande in Portuguese means big mountain. And this 404-meter high mountain is the highest mountain of Sal. Monte Garde is located in the north of Sal, and it’s a protected landscape because of its geological value. Hiking up this mountain is a great idea to get an overall spectacular view of Sal.
When you visit multiple islands of Cape Verde, you will notice that they call every big mountain Monte Grande. So Monte Grande in Sal isn’t the only Monte Grande in the Cape Verde Islands.
#25 Go Whale watching
In the months April and May the humpback whales coming from Scandinavia use the bay of Boa Vista as a safe place to mate or to give birth to their calves. If you are going on a boat trip during these months, then there is a chance you can see humpback whales. The best spotting place is, of course, Boa Vista but sometimes these whales pop up near Sal. If you’ve spot humpback whales in Sal, then you can consider yourself very lucky.
A lot of tour operators use spotting humpback whales commercially to get as many tourists on their boat trips without giving them a realistic expectation. So if you don’t expect whales, you won’t be disappointed. And if you do, you’re fortunate.
Travel Must-Haves For Every Traveler
These items are must-haves for every traveler, and I can highly recommend them without any hesitation:
This lightweight hammock is made of ultra-light parachute silk material. The hammock fits in a small portable bag and is very-easy-to you use. You can relax comfortably anywhere: on the beach, by the lake, in the forest, campsite, your hotel, Airbnb and even at home!
The North Face Backpack:
This is a high-quality, versatile, and practical daypack from one of the best brands in the world. It is a perfect choice, no matter what kind of travel plans you have.
Oasis Kindle E-reader:
A waterproof E-reader for unlimited reading while traveling. It is a must-have for every traveler that enjoys reading. This E-reader has an adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber. It also works with Audible, so you switch effortlessly from reading to listening.
Sony Noise-canceling headphone:
A world-leading noise-canceling headphone to make your travel trip more comfortable and less exhausting. One of the best travel products out there. Either for listening to music, podcasts. Or to block all the noise during traveling, for example, when you’re in an airplane.
GoPro HERO 8:
We’ve been using a GoPro camera since the first generation came on the market. It is our go-to travel camera ever since. Perfect for making the best pictures and memorable videos. It’s easy to use, waterproof and fits in your pocket or daypack. The new generation has a built-in stabilizer so that videos will be even better quality!
Check out our recommendations page for more travel gear and recourses.
What is Sal Cape Verde Known For?
The sunny island Sal of the Cape Verde Islands attracts a lot of sun, sea and beach seekers. It is the most famous island of the Cape Verde Islands, and it’s known for the spectacular white sandy beaches and clear blue sea. But Sal has much more to offer. Did you know you can swim with sharks? The vegetarian ones but still an awesome experience 😉. Or explore the island on a quad bike or go kitesurfing? It is all possible on Sal!
Okay. Let’s be clear. Do not expect a tropical island with beautiful green oases. Sal is flat, dry, and windy most days. But with an average of 24 degrees and more than 8 hours of sunshine a day, Sal is an ideal place for a sunny holiday. Especially during wintertime. The weather is great year round!
In the last 10 years, Sal has become very popular for Europeans who were looking for a sunny destination during summer and wintertime and wanted to travel a bit further than the “average” Greek or Spanish islands. On Sal, you feel African, European, and South American vibes because of the beautiful mix of cultures on the Cape Verde Islands.
Getting Around Sal
You can book an all-inclusive holiday to Sal with TUI. Everything from flights, transfer, and accommodation is arranged for you. There are a lot of beautiful resorts on Sal that are so big you don’t even have to leave the resort. Employees from these resorts can advise you to not leave the resort on your own because it’s too dangerous. They do that so you will book tours with them. More money for them, less money for the Cape Verdeans. It’s not dangerous at all, so go on and explore.
If you rather book your flights and accommodation, then it’s easy to fly to the Cape Verde Islands. From a lot of European countries like the Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal you can fly directly to Sal. A transfer from the airport with a taxi to your accommodation anywhere on Sal is around 15 euros.
All-Inclusive Accommodations Sal, Cape Verde Islands
We’ve selected some great accommodations for you to stay in Sal. The most luxurious and all-inclusive hotels are almost all managed by the travel company TUI. So when you’re looking for a carefree time during your stay in Sal, I recommend booking your holiday via TUI. You can find out their latest deals to Sal here.
Tui Blue Cabo Verde (Hotel Recommendation For Couples)
Tui Blue Cabo Verde is a luxurious hotel, with a ‘no kids allowed rule’. So it is perfect for couples looking to spend some romantic time together. The hotel has direct beach access and several swimming pools. Located at Algodoeiro Beach, which is like a 5-minute drive to Santa Maria town. Find out the latest information here.
Tui Hotel Recommendations For Families
Tui is like the biggest hotel provider on both Sal and Boa Vista. So most people end up booking their stay in Cape Verde via Tui. They managed more than 10 hotels on the island Sal alone! You can find out the complete list of hotels on their website.
Most hotels are perfect for families. They offer different swimming pools, private beaches, and many other great amenities. You can’t go wrong when you’re looking for a carefree holiday in Cape Verde. We recommend booking your stay to Sal via Tui!
Recommended Hotels Sal
When you’re not looking to book a holiday via a travel company like TUI, you probably want to book your stay directly via a hotel or by using an app like Booking.com. We did that as well when we were traveling around Cape Verde because we wanted to have some more freedom when and where to go.
I’ve selected a few hotels so you can easily book your stay. These hotels aren’t part of a travel company, and all getting splendid customer reviews on Booking.com
Hotel Mirebela (Les Alizés) has an excellent rating of 9.0 at Booking.com
It offers several rooms, starting at $56 a night, depending on the season.
book your stay at Hotel Mirebela via Booking.com
Surf House Hostel -- Budget Tip
Surf House Hostel is our tip for Budget travelers. You can stay in a mixed dorm room for $11 a night. Book your stay at Surf House Hostel via Booking.com
Hotel Odjo D’agua -- Best Value
Odjo D’agua scores a customer rating of 9.1 at Booking.com, which is amazing. This hotel is next to beach and offers fantastic amenities.
Book your stay at Odjo D’agua via Booking.com
Guesthouse Le Châtelain -- Best Customer Rating
Guesthouse Le Châtelain is a nice walk from the center of Sal. The Guesthouse gets the best customer rating on Booking.com with a 9.8!
Book your stay at Guesthouse Châtelain via Booking.com
Island hopping Cape Verde Islands
It’s incredible to travel to multiple islands of Cape Verde. Every island is so different from the other. From flat islands with white sandy beaches to lush green islands with mountains and beautiful valleys. And even the vibe is more African or more European than the other on the different Cape Verde Islands.
We spend 2,5 months on six different Cape Verde Islands, and we can recommend you to go island hopping. When you’re in for a couple of beach days but also want to explore more of the Cape Verde Islands, than you can easily combine your beach holiday with a visit to other Cape Verde Islands.
Explore the more cultural island-like São Vicente and visit the most beautiful island of them all: Santo Antão at just a 1-hour ferry away from São Vicente. The most historic and busiest island of Cape Verde is Santiago. Or travel to the more unexplored islands like Brava or Maio. Drink the most delicious coffee on Fogo. Find out more in our articles What is Cape Verde Famous For? & Which is The Best Cape Verdean Island To Visit?
Cape Verde Travel Videos
During our trip to Cape Verde, we filmed different travel videos for our travel show. You can find all the videos on our travel show page.
Can’t get enough? Watch this video and let the beauty of the Cape Verde Islands surprise you!
Recommended Articles Cape Verde
Do you want to know more about the different Cape Verde islands? We wrote several articles that can be helpful for you to learn more about Cape Verde, the different islands, and to prepare for your next trip. You can find a list of all the articles by visiting our Cape Verde category page. Or you can read one of these articles directly;
In this article, we tell you all the famous things about Cape Verde. We explain ‘Morabeza’, the Cape Verdean way of life. The highlights of each island, where you can find the best local Grogue. How to reach each island and more about the history of the archipelago.
It was a question people often asked us when we told them we’ve been in Cape Verde for 10 weeks. We got around easily by speaking English, but not on every island though! In this article, we explain more about the different languages and the different dialects that are spoken on each island.
When you visit the island SAL, it is easy and safe to go swimming in the sea. However, on the other islands sometimes it’s dangerous to go swimming in the sea. You might find this article helpful when you’re planning to visit a different Cape Verdean Island. We explain for each island where it’s safe to go swimming in the sea.