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Paradise Beach Resort

Opened in 2011, Paradise Beach is an outstanding luxury beachfront resort situated on Sal Island in Cape Verde. Scheduled amenities include 7 communal swimming pools, tennis courts, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, boutiques and a beauty parlour. The grounds of 28 hectares have been extensively landscaped and include walkways and gardens of tropical plants – all positioned on the west coastline of the island.

The resort is situated right on the stunning Ponta Preta beach, which boasts one of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world. With some 7 km of unspoilt seashore you can always find your own piece of paradise, whether it's close to the action near the water sports centres and beach bars or the solitude of the sand dunes. Paradise Beach is the perfect place to relax and soak up the year round sunshine that Sal offers in abundance.


Santa Maria

Santa Maria is a traditional Cape Verdian town with cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses, just a 20 minute walk away from Paradise Beach. Amenities include two banks, a supermarket, and a delightful mixed bag of shops, from surf places selling beach gear to rustic makeshift shops painted in every rainbow colour selling carved wooden masks and brightly coloured canvas by local artists.

The town has an excellent choice in dining, from restaurants serving traditional dishes, to tapas bars, pizzerias, and Italian eateries. Cape Verdian cuisine will have your taste buds tingling with its exotic mixture of African, Portuguese, and Brazilian cuisine, and if you are a fan of seafood you are in for a real treat; not only is it mouth wateringly delicious – it's extremely reasonably priced too. Tuck into charcoal grilled lobster, juicy giant prawns, tasty octopus, and of course, the fresh fish catches of the day.

Nightlife generally stems from live music, a mixture of African, Brazilian and Cape Verdian. Santa Maria is one of the liveliest towns with a vibrant buzz of music and local dancers. Whatever you do, don’t leave without experiencing what has been dubbed the most beautiful music on earth – a scintillating hip-swinging fusion of samba and salsa sprinkled with tribal African.


Cape Verde

The official language of the islands is Portuguese, which is widely spoken. However, the national language used daily by the locals is creole, based on African languages but with additions from several European languages. The religion of the islands is largely Christian with most people being catholic.

Located in the Sahel zone, Cape verde is a marine extension of the Sahara. Idyllic year round temperatures in the high twenties and virtually no rain make the islands the ideal getaway whatever time of the year. The winter months in particular make these islands a windsurf and kitesurf paradise. Due to their position within this winter trade wind belt the Cape Verde Islands boast near perfect windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions from late November to June. Sal is an awesome spot for Kitesurfing and is especially suited to the advanced risers and wave sailor.

This is an amazing surfing destination too and offers a great experience for first time surfers and experienced professionals. The surf is mostly reef breaks but you will find some comfortable beach breaks if sandy bottom is your preferred option. There are surf schools which will provide lessons over the sandy bottom surf breaks. Cape Verde is the home of Kite and wind surfing world champions who offer coaching to beginners and the more competent surfers.

If diving is your thing there are brilliantly coloured parrot and trigger fish. In many areas around the islands one can observe big fish and large schools of fish relatively close to shore. During the warmer weather it is not uncommon to see 3 foot long trumpet fish, massive loggerhead or green turtles, manta rays up to 3 meters and schools of dolphins. In March and April humpback and grey whales often appear off shore. For the game fishing enthusiast Sal has a world-class wahoo fishery less than twenty minutes at sea from the dock at Santa Maria. The best fishing season is between July and October.


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