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Sal is an idyllic island within the Cape Verde islands, located just off the coast of North-West Africa, just south of the Canary Islands. This incredible island offers some of the best windsurfing conditions with a fine-grained sandy beach extends over more than four kilometres. Thanks to its position within the winter trade-wind belt, Sal boast perfect wind and wave conditions from November until May.
Windsurfing in Sal is an amazing experience. The cross-offshore wind enables effortless upwind sailing along the various sections of the beach. The main area for windsurfing is Santa Maria located at the southern end of Sal.
The bay at Santa Maria has a four kilometre stretch of beautiful white sandy beach and this is the best area for both beginners and intermediate windsurfers. There are some fantastic wave spots located near Santa Maria but more experienced windsurfers should head to Ponte Leme.
Ponte Leme’s wave spot offers clean and unbreaking waves up to two metres. The most famous wave spot on Sal is at Ponta Preta and has an incredible 3 to 6 metre wave just 50 metres from the shoreline. This is only for advanced windsurfers as there is cross off-shore wind with no safety cover.
The windsurf centre at Santa Maria is located right on the beautiful beach. Unfortunately, the main centre in St. Maria burnt to the ground just before the current season began. A completely brand-new centre will rise from the ashes for next year: in the meantime, though, there is a fully equipped mini centre right on the beach.
The other great centre is located at Ponta Leme and is situated on the east coast of the island. The centre at Ponta Leme offers windsurfing, surfing and SUP lessons and rental.
These centres offer the top of the range windsurfing gear for rental as well as great instructors that are on hand to improve skills or help beginners get up and hooked on windsurfing.
Hotel Morabeza is a fantastic hotel full of rich history. It is located on the beautiful Santa Maria Beach on the southernmost part of the island.
This friendly hotel has great comfortable rooms surrounded by stunning trees and flowers and is family-run, making it a perfect spot to stay during your windsurf holiday. The rooms are comfortable and modern with direct access to the beach.
The rooms face the sea making them naturally cool and well ventilated by trade winds which is much appreciated in the tropical sun. The hotel offers great accommodation for families so bring the whole family along for a windsurf holiday!
Looking for luxury on an island paradise then look no further than the brand new Sal Hilton. This is a picture-perfect vacation spot in the colourful town of Santa Maria.
Dip your toes in the pristine white-sand beaches just meters from the hotel. It is also centrally located close to great destinations like the local fishermen pier and the extinct Pedra de Lume volcano.
Experience true relaxation at the hotels Eforea Spa or try your hand at the hotel’s casino. The Sal Hilton offers four different restaurants and bars and an excellent kids club.
A windsurfing holiday to Sal is an experience not to be missed. It is the perfect spot for couples, families and singles looking to get out on the water and sail across the buttery stuff! Contact us to help plan your trip!