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.
Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. It forms part of the Macaronesia ecoregion, along with the Azores, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Savage Isles.