It is generally agreed among sailors here in Sal, that anyone sailing directly to Mindelo is missing out on some of the best of Cape Verde has to offer. I concur, Sal offers a fabulously safe anchorage, effortless formalities, and genuinely friendly village atmosphere.
Just be sure to check the price of everything before you commit (such as a visit to the hair salon… hint hint…), to ensure the few unscrupulous business types in town can’t take advantage you.
Perhaps the best way to describe Porto de Palmeira is with images. Below is my collection of favourites, enjoy!
The anchorage is one of the best in Cape Verde and your dingy is perfectly safe despite what the dated guide book might say.
The village has a pleasant sleepy atmosphere and everyone seems rather content.
Certainly nobody here is going hungry, a boatload of fish is caught daily just a few hundred meters from the harbour entrance. I’ve never seen such abundance!
Water on the other hand is only available from the desalination plant. Not that it seems to bother the locals, just don’t expect to find a hose anywhere to fill your yachts water tank.
There is still plenty of time for recreation, here the locals wile away the hours playing the African equivalent of board games.
While the women take care of more domestic affairs. Amazingly, the art of crochet is not dead!
Order is maintained by the men in blue, they even recovered a stolen laptop briefly left unattended by a German crew.
With what is perhaps a little excessive enthusiasm, children readily pose for your camera,
and even the local school teacher accommodates my impromptu photo shoot by re-establishing some order.
So, what did I get up to while in Sal? Not much, just hung out at the local bar.
Checked the weather at the Cyber Cafe,
and mingled with the locals.
Had I been a little less strapped for cash I might have spent some money on locally produced music and a souvenir or two. I guess these photos will just have to do.
I hope you enjoyed the visual tour.