The Village of Santa Maria is just a 5 minute walk from Oasis Atlantico Belorizonte Hotel and, in addition to the inhabitants of Cape-Verdean origin, is home to a considerable Senegalese, Portuguese and Italian community.
Santa Maria is located near a long strip of beach with white sands and a crystal blue sea. Everyday, Santa Maria’s Pier receives fishermen who every morning unload fresh fish, the product of their fishing outings. There you can find tunas and many other species, which are often traded and sold on site.
There are also several restaurants offering Cape Verdean, Portuguese and Italian specialties. Fresh seafood can be enjoyed in many of them. Barnacles, shrimps and lobsters are just a few examples. Some of these establishments feature live Cape Verdean music.
There are also numerous handicraft shops, many owned by Senegalese immigrants. The sale of fruit and vegetables is a common practice and there are also several grocery stores which also provide these and other food products.