It was winter and fancied a week off with some sun. Flying from Europe and the UK, Canary Islands are popular in the winter including Tenerife as is Agadir in Morocco, but decided on the island of Sal in Cape Verde, so the islands of Cape Verde off the west African coast was where I was heading.
The Christmas week is popular with tourists for getting away so not booking a package need to be careful can get both a flight and hotel or apartment booked separately. The two most popular islands for tourists in Cape Verde are Sal and Boa Vista, with Sal being the more popular. Hotels were no go over the internet but looked like there was lots of apartments available on AirBnb. So I booked the flight with Thomson. Thomson are also a popular choice for a visit to Gambia. Anywhere along the coast of west Africa is a good choice for some winter sun with a 4 to 6 hour flight and remaining in the same time zone. So my return flight was booked with Thomson heading to the island of Sal in Cape Verde. The main resort on Sal is on the southern end of the Island in a town called Santa Maria.
There were alot of apartments available in Santa Maria for the week I was staying there, so I got busy and attempted to book one. But later it got rejected and told it was already booked. This happened a couple of times and I was getting concerned. Others did just not confirm at all and with only a few days to go had to cancel, note in this situation AirBnb still take their percentage. Not good. Finally one was prepared to rent me an apartment outside of Airbnb, an apartment not listed on Airbnb, obviously this is risky but decided to give the situation the benefit of the doubt.
Turns out if landlords dont like the look of you, or there holding out to rent to a beautiful member of the opposite sex, nothing you or Airbnb can do about it. The advantage of booking up through Airbnb is that if your landlord not show up once you arrive, you can contact AirBnb and they are obligated to provide you alternative accommodation free of any extra charge. This is true of course with hotels too, a whole lot less risky. So I was anxious, I was told a driver would be waiting for me at the airport in Sal Cape Verde to take me to my apartment.
London to Sal Cape Verde
Flight from London UK to Sal Cape Verde went Ok, full of tourists though, family fascists stuffing their fat faces, neighbours from hell types some of them. Once we arrived at Sal airport there was a dust storm in progress, low visibility, no sun or blue sky but very warm. Apparently in recent times these dust storms are now pretty common in Cape Verde being blown over from the Sahara on mainland Africa. Pretty chaotic getting through customs. You can get a visa on arrival for Cape Verde but cost 25 euros, you need to head straight to the visas booth before going through passport control, expect big queues.
Santa Maria Apartment
Eventually made it through and picked up my luggage and into arrivals. Half a dozen or so drivers holding up named cards but could not see my name Paul MongerPlanet! I was worried, but had a phone number so made a call, lucky they spoke English and told on their way another 5 minutes, relief and they showed up and took me to my apartment. Its approx 30 minute drive from the airport in Sal to Santa Maria, if going by private taxi expect to pay around 10 to 15 euros more expensive at night time.
Apartment was good but looked like in the middle of nowhere and half a building site, Santa Maria is expanding as Cape Verde attracts more tourists. Its a safe alternative to the other north and west African Muslim countries. I was not far from the main drag though about a 10 minute walk, just need to remember where I am when walking back in the dark.
So after unpacking and freshening up I headed out that evening, the beach near where I was situated was nothing to photograph, I was hoping for better further up. I found a beach bar nearby though and ordered a beer and a pizza and chilled for an hour.
The main drag for bars and nightlife in Santa Maria Sal Cape Verde is a street called Rua 1 De Junho. A few minutes walk down Rua De Junho and a few lively bars come into play. Check out my mongering map of Santa Maria Sal Cape Verde which I compiled on the go.
Not that Santa Maria on the island of Sal is renowned for mongering I was more there to catch some winter sun but I also know where there are horny tourists there is money and there is always whores and P4P not far away, you rarely have to dig deep to find some pussy.
Cape Verde Money
I had a pocket full of euros, everywhere will accept euros but the local currency of Cape Verde is the Escudo with Cape Verde being a former Portuguese colony. If something costs 100 escudos in Cape Verde they will prefer 1 euro, thats because 1 euro is approx 110 escudos. Converting currency obviously has a fee often 5 percent, if your in Cape Verde for just a week or so then not make much difference but if your there long term then you need to get a good exchange rate for your currency into Escudos. Banks even local shope will exchange money. There are many reliable ATMs all along Rua De Junho accepting both Visa and Mastercard, so no worries getting local escudos but need to check bank charges.
Chilling out in Santa Maria
And so it was my first night in Santa Maria, Sal Cape Verde I had a few beers in the Chill Out Bar, not many in and the barmaids, local Cape Verde girls had that hardcore hooker look, maturer, tattoos and overweight. Cape Verde girls are mostly mulatto, or mixed race, European mostly Portuguese and African which has occurred over the centuries.
So much so that now like Brazilians they are almost their own people with Mulatto breeding with Mulatto. The majority of Cape Verde girls that I saw were not that hot with a few exceptions. With the gene pool not that extensive, probably need a good injection of monger sperm.
I got approached by a couple of hardcore black hookers along Rua De Junho. I was not interested but inquired with one how much? She wanted a 100 euros! She was trying her luck no doubt some naive tourists pay this much.
But I got chatting to another Brit travelling alone, semi monger, he told me the girls can be had for 30 euros. He told me he had spent 4 days and nights with a local waitress in one of the bars and not paid her directly, just took her out etc. I wandered around that night and covered some ground, nothing really in your face and lots of tourists, families about especially before 10pm. Not surprising being the Christmas holidays. A single guy would be better coming during school time to Sal in Cape Verde.
Back to the 70s
I spent my last hour in the rooftop reggae bar down Rua De Junho, good atmosphere with plenty of rasta type hustlers around, but all is friendly enough. Reggae bar gets a few girls in, feels like your back in the 70s though with Bob Marley blasting out all night and wiffs of cannabis. Even being in the same time zone still felt jet lagged with the early rise and 6 hour flight to Cape Verde, so called it a night. I was in no rush to indulge in some mongering in Sal Cape Verde. Plenty of time for that.