Located close to the centre of Santa Maria, Hotel Pontao Cape Verde is also just a short walk from Sal with its fine sandy beach. This is a small, friendly hotel with real atmosphere, as opposed to an impersonal sprawling resort. There's always plenty going on in and around Santa Maria. Visitors can stroll down to the harbour to watch local fishermen bringing in the day's catch or enjoy fine sea views from their hotel over a cocktail or coffee. metres from the white sandy beach. FACILITIES: The hotel has a sunny and cheerful breakfast room on the first floor and there's also a small bar area to chill out in and open throughout the day. If you're looking for a base to explore the island of Sal and Santa Maria, this hotel makes the ideal choice. It has a small swimming pool and an internet point, and serves a hearty breakfast that will really set you up for the day. A lot of the local activity takes place along the attractive pier and sandy beach, and there are plenty of historic sites, shops and eateries to explore in Santa Maria.