My apartment is in a small residential building only 5 minutes walk to the centre of Santa Maria and the wonderful beaches. Santa Maria is a colourful town with plenty of bars and restaraunts to suit all budgets. Sal is renowned for its beach life and is a paradise for sun worshippers, surfers and wind surfing. It is very safe to walk around and people will make you very welcome. Santa Maria is a 15 minute drive from the airport, transfers can be arranged.