“The Island of Fun in the Sun”
Sal is the unquestioned touristic capital of the archipelago, receiving an estimated 50% of the nation’s sun-seeking visitors. Starting as early as the 1940s, Italians in particular have singled out the island as an ideal place to worship the sun. But nowadays you’ll also find many other nationalities, whether in country on vacation, temporarily for work, on a regular or yearly basis, or to retire. These include Europeans such as Brits, Irish, Spaniards, Czechs, Germans, and Dutch, not to mention the Portuguese, who understandably constitute the most prominent minority in the islands (an estimated 6,000 residents total). Also present are merchants and entrepreneurs from mainland African countries including Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, and others.
If you’re looking for a few days or more on the beach, Sal will definitely not disappoint. While Boa Vista and Maio are options in this category as well, on Sal you’ll also have the benefit of the most comprehensive services, including SCUBA diving, other water sports like surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing, as well as a wide range of high-quality hotels, pensions, and timeshares.