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Cabo Santa Maria

Cabo Santa Maria, located on the westernmost tip of Boa Vista, Cape Verde, is a captivating and remote coastal area that showcases the untamed beauty of the island. This rugged and dramatic headland is a popular attraction for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the wild landscapes and breathtaking views that Boa Vista has to offer.

As you approach Cabo Santa Maria, you’ll be greeted by towering cliffs that rise majestically above the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline is characterized by its rocky terrain, with natural arches, caves, and fascinating geological formations carved by the relentless force of the sea.

One of the main attractions at Cabo Santa Maria is the shipwreck of the Spanish cargo vessel, “Santa Maria,” which ran aground here in 1968. The skeletal remains of the ship still lie on the shoreline, creating a haunting and photogenic sight against the backdrop of the rugged cliffs and azure waters. The shipwreck has become an iconic symbol of the area, drawing photographers, history enthusiasts, and curious visitors alike.

The panoramic views from Cabo Santa Maria are truly awe-inspiring. Standing on the headland, you can gaze out over the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, with no land in sight, creating a sense of solitude and wonder. The crashing waves, coupled with the untamed beauty of the coastal landscape, create a dramatic and captivating scene that is perfect for nature lovers and adventurers.

Visiting Cabo Santa Maria offers a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in the raw and unspoiled beauty of Boa Vista. The combination of rugged cliffs, crashing waves, and the shipwreck creates a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere that leaves a lasting impression.

Entrance Fee

This attraction requires an entrance fee of 3€ per person. Entry is FREE for children and Cape Verdean nationals and immigrants with a valid ID Card.

For the best viewing experience

Since it’s a natural effect caused by the sun, it is important to view the Blue Eye on a sunny day when the sun is at its highest point between 11am and noon.