Santa Maria travel guide

Santa Maria Tourism | Santa Maria Guide

You're Going to Love Santa Maria

With a population of 17,231, Santa Maria is the largest city in Sal, Cape Verde by the number of inhabitants. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country.

When to visit Santa Maria

Santa Maria in April
Estimated hotel price
$287
1 night at 3-star hotel
Santa Maria in April
Estimated hotel price
$287
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Santa Maria in August, when the average temperature is 26 °C, and the highest can go up to 28 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 18 °C, with an average temperature of 21 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in September, when precipitation is around 30 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Santa Maria, with an average rainfall of 0 mm.

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How to Get to Santa Maria

Plane

When flying to Santa Maria, you’ll arrive at Amílcar Cabral Airport (SID), which is located 10 miles from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Santa Maria, you’ll arrive at Amílcar Cabral Airport (SID), which is located 10 miles from the city centre.

Airlines serving Santa Maria

Lufthansa
Good (4,423 reviews)
SWISS
Good (909 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,236 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,519 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,098 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,098 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (803 reviews)
Transavia France
Good (223 reviews)
Vueling
Good (801 reviews)
Luxair
Excellent (39 reviews)
Binter Canarias
Excellent (43 reviews)
TUI Fly Belgium
Good (32 reviews)
Air Senegal
Good (56 reviews)
Neos Air
Excellent (35 reviews)
TUI fly
Good (10 reviews)
Edelweiss Air
Good (21 reviews)
Cabo Verde Airlines
Good (3 reviews)
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Where to stay in Santa Maria

From 5-star hotels such as the Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort to great affordable options like the Holiday B&B, Santa Maria offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $106 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $323 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Santa Maria

Hiring a car in Santa Maria

Expect to pay $2.16 per litre in Santa Maria (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $25.88 and $34.51. The most frequently booked car type in Santa Maria is Compact (Daihatsu Terios or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Ford Fiesta or similar) is, on average, 25% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Expect to pay $2.16 per litre in Santa Maria (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $25.88 and $34.51. The most frequently booked car type in Santa Maria is Compact (Daihatsu Terios or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Ford Fiesta or similar) is, on average, 25% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.