The main town for tourists visiting Sal is Santa Maria which is at the southern end of the island, approximately 20 minutes drive from the airport and the capital, Espargos. Santa Maria is a developing destination and has many construction projects but looking beyond that, there are beautiful beaches, many restaurants, bars and hotels and a relaxed atmosphere. The main focal points are the pier and the town square, the new residential district is at the eastern end of town which also has a small beach and is the focus of a lot of surfing and windsurfing activity. The larger hotels are at the western end, where you will also find the famous dunes and beach of Ponta Preta. This is also where many new resorts are being built. Further north on the west coast is Murdeira, a residential village. Palmeira is the main port and has a few bars and restaurants but no accommodation. One or two hotels can be found in Espargos which also has larger food shops than Santa Maria. Pedra de Lume is a small fishing village which is earmarked for a golf resort and marina and is also close to the old Salinas which is a candidate world heritage site.
Sal has great conditions for kitesurfing. Best wind blow from January to June, and you can get good wind all tear expect August. Main Kiteboarding beach is kite beach, located at the south east part of the island. Main beach for windsurfing is Ponta Leme at the south part of the island.
In Kite beach wind blows side-on-shore to on-shore. Beach is sandy and large, sea bottom is sandy with reefs. Water is chopy to wavy, with nice wave near the reef. There is a kite club for rentals and lessons at the beach, offering restaurant and a bar.
The wind in Ponta Leme is side-off to off, gusty and unsteady at the beach. Beach is large and sandy, sea bottom is sandy. Conditions in the sea varies from mild chop to amazing wave with powerful beach break. There is a windsurfing club in Ponta leme with rentals, lessons and rescue boat.
Ponta Preta is the most famous kite and windsurf spot in Sal. When the swell is right, an amazing 2-4 meter wave is forming near the beach. The wind here is side-off, and the spot is suitable only to advanced riders.
Strela is a Cape Verdean beer, produced by the Sociedade Cabo-verdiana de Cerveja e Refrigerantes (SCCR).
Grogue, also known as grogu or grogo (derived from English grog), is a Cape Verdean alcoholic beverage, an aguardente made from sugarcane. Its production is fundamentally artisanal.
Ponche is a Cape Verdean cocktail which includes grogue, lime and molasses.
Caipirinha, from the Portuguese caipira for hillbilly, is a cocktail popular throughout the former Portuguese colonies. Made with cachaça (white lightning), sugar and lime. Specifically with cachaça, the alcohol results from the fermentation of sugarcane juice that is afterwards distilled
You can easily find international beers and other drinks, including some from Portugal.
Bottled water, most of the islanders drink desalinated water, for those who have a hard time adjusting to this bottled water is available. Please recycle.