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- Our walk began at the town pier, active with fishnet mending, tourists departing on day cruises and pleasure boat dinghies arriving for supplies. Walking westward from here the sand is soft and ideal for swimming and sunbeds as we pass 3 large resorts. Our walking pace increases as the sand becomes flat and hard reaching Google’s Ponta Sino, Kite Beach.
The beach widens, passing the uncompleted 75 bungalows of the New Horizons Ponta Sino Resort to the 30’ Ponta do Sinó Lighthouse. This white concrete structure, built in 1892(rebuilt in 2014), marks the most southerly point of Sal Is. We diverted through the huge new 1000 room Riv Palace, out the lobby and down to the 2014 Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort. After seeing its lobby’s replica of Magellan’s “La Victoria”, we picked up the lovely new beach promenade and returned to the pier.
All in all, a ~5 mile hike giving us a proper overview of the Santa Maria Beach.Written November 14, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- There are a couple of restaurants here where you can hire the sun beds for free if you eat there. The sand is lovely and soft and the water not too cold but very rocky under the waves I suggest wearing water shoes.
There is also a small gym just off the main road.Written April 2, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Beautiful beach for a walk, very relaxing!
Water was crystal clear and views were stunning!
Beach bars are close by and ideal to grab a drink from.Written October 12, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This long stretch of golden sand runs along
the southern tip of the Island of Sal. Standing on the it goes along the coast as far as the eye can see in both directions.
We visited this beach on a daily basis during our stay at the Riu Palace Santa Maria from the 11th to 20th July. The beach was far more relaxing and peaceful in comparison to the pool areas.
Outside the Hotel there are long neat rows of small palm trees. Alongside the palms there are rows of static umbrellas topped with coconut matting for shade. There are two sun loungers under each umbrella and the hotel provides towels. These are for the use of hotel guests only.
It did get a bit windy on the beach and the sea got very rough at times. The sound of the big waves crashing to the sand could be heard booming and the water shooting upwards.
There are lifeguards on duty and a flag code system is in operation. Follow the code and the lifeguards instructions for your own safety.
Even when the sea is not too rough it is still not conducive for swimming, jumping through or over the waves is the best fun.
Along the beach there are guys there, all day everyday, trying to sell you trips and tours. Obviously the Reps in the resort advise not using them.
Beach sellers are there selling jewellery, pictures made with sand, wooden carvings, baseball hats and more. They walk up and down the front line beds but don't venture in. Like the guys selling tours once you say no thanks they leave you alone.
There is also a Scube Caribe kiosk on the beach. We did see people getting body-boards here. Jet skis were parked up on the beach. Also saw some snorkeling equipment in use. They did offer boat trips. Not sure if any thing was free in the all inclusive package.
There were also horse rides along the beach, no idea what was charged.
It is so beautiful here, sadly some selfish visitors just use it as a large ashtray, cigarette ends are everywhere, which is so sad, they don't pick them up when they leave.
It is also home to Ponta do Sinó LighthouseWritten July 20, 2022
- My tour of the island stopped here; for a small fee you can go to the salt pan and swim/float around. I wore my bathing suit under my clothes; bring a towel. It's cool to feel yourself floating in the water, almost whether you wan to or not. The salt stays on you, leaving my suit with a fine layer of grit. It's a good experience suitable for people of most ages. Afterwards you can walk up a dirt "path" to the top of the mine and have a great view of the salt pans on one side and the desert on the other.Written January 22, 2020
- This will be a unique experience for many, as the baby sharks swim around your legs in the shin-deep water.
Be sure to wear closed water resistant shoes - available for rental on the beach for about 3 Euros per pair - because the rocks and sea urchins.
Watch as the baby Lemon Sharks swim around you and see the dorsal fins of their bigger siblings a bit further out.
One of those attractions that is far more fun and interesting that you might expect.Written November 16, 2022
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