Santa Maria is a town in Cape Verde, on the southern tip of Sal Island. Its long, wide beaches are backed by resorts. The town is dotted with pastel-colored buildings, al fresco restaurants and live-music bars. The old harbor’s Weigh House recalls Sal’s salt-trading history. The area's clear waters are home to rays and sea turtles. Nearby, exposed Kite Beach is a popular kitesurfing destination.