This is a tender port.
A taxi to the port from the airport or Espargos costs about CVE500
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The island's main port, Palmeira, is a working fishing harbor and import station, but is currently improving its tourist infrastructure in line with the rest of the island.
Flat, dry, barren, brown, bare - fortunately for Sal, the fantastic beach at the end of the road in Santa Maria makes up for visitor's first impression as they travel south along the road from the Airport.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Santa Maria being the center of the action. Crystal clear waters lap long stretches of white sandy beach, drawing water sports enthusiasts and holiday-makers who make the most of the rapidly developing hotels and resorts.
Nearer to the international airport is the town of Espargos, where shops, bars and restaurants do good business, the strains of live music usually filling the air.
Fish lovers will be in heaven on Cape Verde. The grilled lobster is superb as are the fresh tuna, octopus and multitude of other delicacies.
Cape Verde Escudo (1 Euro= 113 Escudos)
Hotels and banks may charge slightly more.
Credit cards are accepted at an increasing number of up-market hotels,
but not all of them. MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted
Everything is closed on public holidays and on Sundays, and many
shops also close early on Fridays. Opening hours tend to be Mediterranean
- that is, Monday-Friday 08:00/08:30 - 12:00/12:30 and 14:00/14:30
- 18:00/18:30; Saturday 08:30 - 12:00. Banks are often shut in the
afternoon. Restaurants operate from about 19:00 - 23:00. Nightclubs
tend to open at midnight.
1 January New Year
20 January National Heroes Day
1 May Labour Day
5 July Independence Day
15 August Nossa Senhora da Graça [Our Lady of Grace]
12 September Nationality Day
1 November All Saints Day
25 December Christmas Day
Mardi Gras and Good Friday are also national holidays.
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