Apart from Ponta Preta, most spots are fickle short, hollow reefs. Santa Maria is an 8km (5mi) sandy beach on the southern tip of Sal that catches the all too rare SW swells and summer NE swells. Mainly mellow, small beach breaks, there is also one of the few lefts breaking on a reef close to a hotel. It's used as an indicator to the west coast swell size. Towards the west is Ponta do Sino, a mixture of sand and reef that's usually bigger than Santa Maria but often blown out.