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Check out our travel themes to help choose or perhaps inspire you. There are endless opportunities to explore, activities and themes to consider and plenty of room for relaxation. With over 54 stunning countries to choose from the possibilities play like an uncontrolled imagination. Whether you are an adventure seeker rolling along a golden landscape, your eyes plying the plains for a spectacular sight of wildebeest, or you seek peace, relaxation and tranquility for a safaris, or you want to awaken your taste buds with culture rich cuisines and heritage, beautiful beaches or luxury filled experience, we are here for you. The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences that suites your preference.

CAPE VERDE (CABO VERDE - "Green Cape") ISLAND

The Cape Verde islands are an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean and consists of 12 islands of which 9 are inhabited. Each island is unique and different. The archipelago is divided into two groups: Barlavento, or windward islands in the north which include, Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Santa Luzia, Sao Nicolau, Sal and Boavista. Sotavento, or leeward islands in the south include Maio, Santiago, Fogo and BravaCabo.

 

Verde is known for white and sandy beaches, historical towns, unspoiled nature, whales and turtles, pleasant weather, great food and a Portuguese atmosphere - An ideal holiday destination for everyone. If you want to enjoy a wonderful holiday on the subtropical Cape Verde islands, enter a world of white sandy beaches, Portuguese ambiance, culture, unspoiled nature and turtles this is your dream place to stay.

Sal Island

The name Sal means “salt.” This is the Island with the most tourist facilities, mainly in and around the beach town Santa Maria. Sal is an ideal island to relax. It has superb water sports possibilities and white sandy beaches. It is a perfect surf, dive and sunny destination. Young and old can enjoy a relaxing holiday here. Sal is also an ideal island to relax and to use as a starting point to explore other islands of Cape Verde. During the season there are also turtles on Sal. The landscape of Sal is flat and barren and is 30 kilometers long and about 12 kilometers wide. The landscape consists of brown rock slabs and desert sand coming by wind from the mainland from the Sahara. Because of the international airport, most visitors arrive in Sal.

Boavista Island

Boavista means “good view” which makes this island idyllic for white sandy beaches and is known for its white sands and dunes with small oases with palm trees as in the Sahara. The island has the ideal conditions for a relaxed beach and water sports holiday. Make great walks on the beaches, through the dunes and desert oases of Boavista. Or go windsurfing or kitesurfing on the azure sea. Dive to view one of the shipwrecks or go watching turtles and whales. Or simply enjoy the glorious sun on the white beach or luxury hotel at the resort.

 

Boavista is situated approximately 50 kilometers off Sal and is the third largest island of Cape Verde.

Sao Vicente Island

On Sao Vicente the most important is the capital Mindelo. The capital of the island is also the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The city is one of the wealthier cities of Cape Verde and is known for its intimate atmosphere, the music, the architecture and the bustling vibrancy. The port city inspired many intellectual, musician and artist. Through live music, carnival and other music festivals Sao Vicente is also known as the Rio de Janeiro of Cape Verde. Also beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts will find Sao Vicente an excellent destination. An island well worth a visit.

The majority of the population of Sao Vicente lives in Mindelo. Apart from the capital, the dry island has red colored surfaces and mountain ranges interspersed with desert valleys. Sao Vicente is centrally located to other small uninhabited and idyllic islands. In addition, the distance to the occupied Santo Antao is only 14 kilometers. Sao Vicente is a good starting point to visit the other Cape Verde islands.

Santiago Island

At Santiago the history of Cape Verde begins. Contemporary Santiago is the most important and varied island of Cape Verde. A short impression: a varied landscape with beautiful views, the colorful colonial houses, African atmosphere, a lively nightlife and the old town Cidade Velha that is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This former city is one of the top sights of Cape Verde. As the most varied island of Cape Verde it offer every visitor something interesting. A must to visit.

Santiago is the largest island of Cape Verde. The majority of the population lives on this green island and Praia is the capital of the Cape Verde archipelago. The landscape is diverse. In the north and southeast you can find black and white sandy beaches. The center of the island is characterized by the great mountains and exotic valleys, while the fertile land in the south and east is covered with banana plantations.

Fogo Island

Fogo is the volcanic island, hence the name Fogo which means "fire." On the island you have the active Fogo volcano. This is the highlight of Cape Verde to visit. In the crater the volcano is still smoking from its last eruption. Dark (dried) lava streams from centuries ago are visible and the unique landscape is impressive. At the foot in Sao Filipe you can admire the Portuguese houses in different colors. Fogo is a unique experience. It is a must to see for travelers who love impressively landscapes, history and hiking. There is a good connection from Fogo is well connected to Santiago, the main island of Cape Verde.

On Fogo there is the highest point of Cape Verde the Pico de Fogo with more than 2800 meters altitude. A few hundred thousand years ago the island originated by the initial eruption of the volcano. In 1951, 1995 and 2014 were the last three eruptions of the volcano. The fertile volcanic soil makes much of the island green and there are many plantations on the flanks of the volcano. The coffee is world renowned for its quality and flavor. This also applies to the locally produced Manecom wine.

Santo Antao Island

The most mountainous island of Cape Verde is Santo Antao. It is an pedestrian island for walking high mountains, fertile green valleys and romantic little villages. The second largest island of Cape Verde is also called the island of mountains, wind and water. The people are enjoying and they are pure. The authenticity that you can experience on this island is unique. Besides a perfect hiking island this is also a good place for nature lovers and to follow scenic driving routes. The mountain route from Porto Novo to Riberia Granda is one of the most beautiful off all Cape Verde. After a tiring day, guests can relax on one of the deserted beaches with white or volcanic black sand.

Santo Antao has the size of nearly 780 square kilometers and it has the second highest mountain in Cape Verde with a volcanic peak of nearly 2,000 meters. The island has a very varied landscape: from parts with black moonscape lava to thick forests to fertile valleys including coconut-, pineapple and mango trees. Most of the approximately 50,000 inhabitants of the island are located in the cities of Porto Novo, Ribeira Granda, Paul and Ponta do Dol. The south and west of the island is more deserted.

Maio Island

Maio means "May." The forgotten island where there is pure tranquility. Secret white beaches, beautiful dunes, small scale and a relaxed atmosphere. You come to Maio to relax. It is a home for endangered animals like the white-tailed eagle and the Caretta Caretta turtle. Maio is not invaded by many tourists, which makes you experience the authentic atmosphere everywhere.

Maio is an old and eroded volcano and is just about 25 kilometers from the island of Santiago from. Many travelers combine a trip to Maio mostly with Santiago. The island is also flat and partly wooded with acacia trees. There are also salt pans in the west of the island.

Sao Nicolau Island

Sao Nicolau is a paradise for nature lovers. Nature is impressive with flora and fauna and green mountain landscapes waiting to be discovered. Sao Nicolau is an island with many aspects: lots of nice little villages with pastel colored houses, long white beaches to relax, a great sea to dive or to do (kite) surfing and nice festivals. On this island you can travel off the beaten track and enjoy the authentic Cape Verde. There is something for everyone for a wonderful holiday.

About a half hour flight from Sal is Sao Nicolau located, it is one of the less discovered islands of Cape Verde. Sugar cane and coffee plantations characterize the foot of the mountain ranges that of Sao Nicolau. There also grow a lot of bananas, oranges, papayas, and beans. The rocky island is about 45 to 20 kilometers with the highest point at 1,300 meters (Monte Gordo). The area around the highest mountain is also the most fertile.

Brava Island

The name Brava means "wild." It is the smallest and perhaps the most tranquil island of Cape Verde. On the undiscovered island and volcanic Brava you will find the most authentic atmosphere of Cape Verde. You are meeting locals because of limited tourist activities. At this most green island of Cape Verde you can go hiking, enjoy the flora and fauna and relax.

At it is widest point Brava has a diameter of about 10 kilometers and the imposing coastline consists mainly of steep and cliffs. Brava is 20 kilometers from the main island of Fogo. Because of the dangerous crosswinds the airport is closed and you can only get to Brava by ferry. For example, you can go by ferry that frequently goes via Santiago or Fogo to Brava and vice versa.

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BEACHES

Cape Verde has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Cape Verde belongs to the top 10 best travel destinations for beaches and small islands. The long beaches – sometimes snow-white colored – the beautiful turquoise sea and the cooling sea breeze is a paradise for beach and sea lovers. An additional advantage is the pleasant sea temperature. Many beaches are very large. Especially on Sal and Boavista you can often enjoy this without you meeting someone. We have selected for you our personal best five beaches on Cape Verde. Each beach with its own unique characteristics and beauty.

Santa Maria beach (Sal Island)

3 – 4 kilometers of perfect wide and sandy white beaches. In combination an azure sea that has a pleasant temperature, this is an ideal place to relax. It is even one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Verde. Many accommodations, hotel resorts and water sports facilities are located in the immediate vicinity of this beach. Santa Maria beach is an ideal place.

Diving
There are plenty of diving sites where even some nice old shipwrecks are found. At only 11 meters there is a ship wreck complete can be seen where with colorful fish are found. The reefs and caves can be visited via a diving center.

Surfing and kite surfing

Sal is the best island of Cape Verde for surfing. With always a good wind, a pleasant sea temperature and in some bays the right waves, this is the perfect place. For both beginners and advanced. There is a special bay for kite surfers where also World Cup take place. Good spots include: Santa Maria, Ponta Sino and Shark Bay.

Sao Pedro Beach (Sao Vicente)

Located on Saõ Pedro village, water is the unifier of the village which is all around, much like a pile village. The lake built in the village completes the beach, creating an extraordinary scenery, with changing light.

 

The water offers the perfect conditions for surfing and windsurfing, and the year-round strong winds prove excellent for kite-flying. Alternatively, you can simply lay back on the black and yellow sand and enjoy the scenic view of colorful fishing boats bobbing on the ocean. Big waves and dangerous currents can challenge even the best swimmers, so exercise caution. With our online itinerary creator, Sao Pedro attractions like Sao Pedro Beach can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.

Pereybere Beach

Pereybere Beach is located in the village of Pereybere, in the northwest part of Mauritius. This is one of the many beaches of Mauritius situated in the Rivière du Rempart district.

Situated between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux in the north, the lively Pereybere Beach is never far from anything. There is plenty of self catering accommodations in and around Pereybere, and this has made it a popular alternative to the more upmarket resorts around Grand Baie and Pointe aux Canonniers in the northwest.

It is also important to note that it is a relatively small beach at a mere 150 metres long.

Some of the well frequented hotels are Pereybere Hotel and Apartments, Paradizo Residence, Luxury Villas Perybere and Le Beach Club Hotel.

Praia do Estoril Beach (Boa Vista)

Deserts of sand and sea await you, with more than 55 kilometres of beaches that await and weather that’s perfect for any water sport. The capital of Boa Vista, Sal Rei, has the best beach on the island for swimming, the Praia do Estoril. This kilometre long beach on the south side of town is completely protected against the wind, making any trip into the water smooth and comfortable.

Curralinho, Varandinha and Curral Velho Beach (Boavista)

The longest beach is Curralinho with around 18 kilometers of white sand. These beaches on Boavista are ideal for water sports such as diving, snorkeling, surfing and sailing. Also you can just enjoy the sun and swim in the turquoise sea. The very white sands of Curralinho is with 18 kilometers the longest beach in Cape Verde. For lovers of views and beaches it is a must.

Tarrafal Beach (Santiago)

The black rocks of Tarrafal give the beach a certain touch of fantasy.  Indeed, they are mythically reputed to have healing and restorative powers. So if you’re feeling a bit tired, cover yourself in Tarrafal sands and feel the strength return to your limbs. Tarrafal is the fishing capital of Cape Verde and locally caught tuna, blue marlin and swordfish are often on the menu at nearby restaurants. This lively fishing town is located in the north. During the week it is a great place to relax, swim and to have delicious meal. The beautiful beach is surrounded by palm trees and provides plenty of shade. For the locals it is a favorite place to relax during the weekend after all the busy work.

Chaves Beach (Boavista)

If remote, wind-carved sand dunes running gently down to the sea are your dream then Boa Vista’s Chaves Beach won’t fail to delight you. A striking 10 kilometre expanse of curvy, soft dunes, interspersed with open beach make it a sunbather’s paradise. Chaves beach is isolation at its best so finding a spot to stretch out on the warm sands is easy. The beach is backed by a handful of new hotels but apart from that, it’s just you and the never-ending golden dunes.

This beautiful beach is ideal to enjoy the peace of the area. From this point you have a wonderful view of the emerald green sea, the mountains of Santo Antonio and the town of Sal Rei.

Porto Cais Beach (Maio Island)

Porto Cais is a wonderful and beautiful deserted beach.

Ponta Preta Beach (Maio Island)

Ponta Preta quoted by local hero, Josh Angulo, as being the best windsurfing beach in the world. With water 1-2m deep and no currents but great swell, this this is windsurf heaven and an ideal spot for windsurfers of all abilities. The bay where the school/hire center is located is stunning with white sand and turquoise seas, a great surf shop and beach restaurant. Surf safaris are also available.

The best time for beginners to learn is from May to August when the winds are not that strong and the waves are smaller. Intermediate and advanced windsurfers will be right at home from December to March when the waves are higher.

Santana Beach (Maio Island)

The crescent shaped beach of Santana in northwestern Maio is desert like. Maio is dwarfed by the big brothers Sal and Boavista, but the beaches are just as beautiful. The pureness of this forgotten island makes it even more striking. Maio has a large population of nesting Caretta caretta turtles. If you visit this beach at the right time of the year, you can encounter them.

Sao Filipe Beach (Fogo Island)

Gorgeous black volcanic sand beach can be found on Fogo, the island with the highest volcano in Cape Verde. It is believed that the volcanic sand has a healing effect by the high concentration of jodium and titanium. Below the cliffs of the town of Sao Filipe is the long stretched black sandy beach. The reflection of the sun in the water and great horizon make this a place to be seen. Swimming is minimized by the strong current. Ask the locals where you exactly can do this.

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LANDMARKS AND HISTORICAL SITES

If you are going to visit Cape Verde you definitely want to know what the main highlights of the archipelago are. With the great beauty and immense diversity it can be a challenge to select the highlights you want to see. Therefore, we have collected and described in short some highlights and attractions of Cape Verde for you.

8 kilometers north of Sal Rei is the wreck of a Spanish cargo ship. Due to the very close location to the beach and at the background the white sand dunes a nice photo opportunity.

Fogo volcano (Fogo)

One of the symbols of Cape Verde is the volcano on the island Fogo. The summit is located at 2,829 meters altitude. On a clear day you can see the active volcano from the nearby islands of Santiago and Brava. The volcanic scenery is as well as for climbers as for spectators impressive. The ancient lava flows are still very good to see. Furthermore, the ancient flows are still very good to see. Travelers who visited Fogo will never forget the impressive landscape and the famous wine.

Pedra de Lume salt pans (Sal)

One of the most visited places by tourists is Pedra de Lume on Sal with its salt pans. This is not for nothing. In 1833 this place is put to use to make salt. Colorful salt pans, old storage houses and the wooden fundamentals of the transport cable are still visible. Because the water in the salt pans is 27 times saltier than the water in the ocean, you can float with your body in the water. For visitors it is possible to do so and it give a unique experience. In short, the salt pans are a combination of history, scenery and an outdoor spa in the sun.

Rock Formation Carbeirinho (Sao Nicolau)

The asymmetrical sculptures in the rock formation of Carbeirinho near the town of Tarrafal (Sao Nicolau) is difficult to describe. You must see it to understand the feeling. The desert landscape and the sea in the background gives you the feeling that you are one with the universe. If you visit Sao Nicolau then this attraction is worth to behold.

Viana desert (Boavista)

The Viana desert on Boavista is shaped by sand brought by the wind from the Sahara. In the huge white expanse of sand dunes are small oases with acacia, cocus- and palm trees. You can experience this unique scenery both on foot, by horseback or by jeep. A must for visitors to Boavista.

Monte Gordo national park (Sao Nicolau)

The landscape of this park at Sao Nicolau is a true beauty. The ecosystem is very rich, with as many as 32 plant species found only in this park. Of these 26 species are threatened. This is an ideal place for beautiful nature walks.

Cidade Velha (Santiago)

The historic city of Cidade Velha on Santiago Island is the first place of Cape Verde which has been placed on the UNESCO list. There the first Cape Verdeans were born. The over 500 year old town has an impressive fortress and other sights. For travelers interested in the background and culture of Cape Verde, this is highly recommended.

Turtles and whales (Boavista / Maio / Sal)

Cape Verde is the world’s third largest country as to the population of the Carreta Carreta sea turtle. 90% of the nests can be found at Boavista. The nesting season takes place primarily between the months of June and October. The islands of Maio and Sal are also good places to admire turtles. Whales migrate to the sea at Cape Verde to have their calves (baby whales) in the world. Each year, several hundred whales towards Cape Verde. They arrive in December, but the best time to see them is March to late June.

Ribreira do Paul (Santo Antao)

A tropical green valley that lets you descend through beautiful kilometers of a famous zig zag road. In the beautiful valley there is really anything to see. In the valley you will find mango-, banana-, coconut trees, sugar plantations and many vegetables. This valley on Santo Antao starts in the volcano which is hanging in the clouds. It ends where the ocean starts.. The difference in height is more than 1,000 meters.

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Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort

A picture-perfect vacation spot in the colorful town of Santa Maria. Sink your toes in the pristine white-sand beaches and reach destinations like the local fishermen pier and the extinct Pedra de Lume volcano within minutes. Indulge while you’re here with an Eforea Spa, hotel casino, 4 restaurants and bars, a watersports centre, Kids Club, fitness centre and flexible event space. Sal island international Airport is just 10 minutes away.

  • Brand new resort directly on a stunning sandy beach

  • Guest rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the sea

  • Eforea spa with beauty salon, relaxation lounge, sauna and ice well

  • 4 restaurants and lounges, plus 24-hour room service

  • Casino, watersports centre, Kids Club and other leisure activities

  • Stylish event space with latest A/V equipment for up to 300 guests

Oasis Salinas Sea

Frontline, on the pristine white sands of Santa Maria beach, just a short five minute walk to the pretty village, Oasis Atlantico Salinas Sea Hotel is aimed at the discerning leisure and business guest.

Royal Horizons Boavista

Previously known as the Royal Decameron, now under new ownership by the Horizon Group, this resort is a true haven for both beach and activity lovers alike, and a stay at Royal Horizons Boa Vista is certainly a rewarding experience. Soak up the sunshine on Praia de Chaves’ endless expanse of golden sand and take a refreshing dip in the ocean, or perhaps you’d rather rent a sand bicycle and head off and explore the dunes? The choice is yours.

Due to the hotel’s elevated position, the shaded terrace of the lobby bar is the perfect place from which to enjoy a drink. A stroll to the edge of the terrace rewards you with superb panoramas across the hotel grounds and down to the beach, which goes on for miles in both directions.

Ideal for families or couples

The hotel itself is home to two large pools with ample sunloungers, so you’ll never struggle to find somewhere to lay down your towel and top up your tan. One of these pools is in the main hub of the resort, and the second a little further away, offering guests a more relaxed atmosphere. The hotel also has a kid’s club, along with a daily activity programe and sporting facilities for the whole family to enjoy. For those looking to totally relax, why not spend some time in the hotel’s spa? From massages and facials to nail treatments and body wraps, there’s sure to be something to help you unwind.   

Scattered around the well-kept grounds, cobbled pathways lead you through the greenery to the guest rooms at Royal Horizons. Bright, airy and comfortable in design, the sea view rooms boast incredible vistas across the golden coastline ahead, and for this reason we highly recommend upgrading to these room types.

Oasis Praiamar Hotel (Santiago Island)

The Oasis Atlantico Praiamar Hotel is located in the most noble area of Praia, Prainha, near to the international embassies, and up in the cliff over the sea.

Oasis Atlantico Praiamar has the most modern and well equipped conference room in Cape Verde, including a simultaneous translation system for three languages. It has a 200 people capacity in theater format or 100 people in school format. It's the ideal place for international events or to develop your business meeting or congress.

Pousada Montecara

Pousada Montecara is an Air BnB. Charming room with balcony sea view and swimming pool, all comfort. Free WIFI. Pool towels available. Breakfast included.

 

The space

Air conditioning, fan, free wi-fi, mini bar, safe, television, terrace with sea view and pool, terrace, pool towels provided.

Guest access

Access Bar, Restaurant, Terrace Solarium and Pool free.

Agua hotels Sal Vila Verde

The 4-star Agua Hotels Sal Vila Verde lies within 47 km from Cabo Santa Maria Shipwreck. For the guests' enjoyment Agua Hotels Sal Vila Verde features modern rooms equipped with LCD TV, a laptop safe, a microwave, a writing desk and hi-fi. The rooms have a view over the garden. The rooms offer a shower, a hairdryer and dressing gowns supplied in the bathrooms.

 

 

Amilcar Cabral Intl airport can be reached in 20 minutes by car from Agua Hotels Sal Vila Verde. Guests can rent bicycles and cars to discover the nearby sites.

Leisure facilities include a sun terrace, an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court. On-site activities feature diving, snorkeling and hiking.

Hotel Pérola (Santiago)

Enjoying a great location beside the coast in Praia and boasting stunning views across the water, Hotel Perola is an excellent place to base yourself on the diverse island of Santiago.

Hotel Perola itself is a haven of peace and indulgence, with some wonderful features ensuring you’ll have plenty of opportunity to relax during your stay here, whether that’s in the form of the inviting rooftop pool, or perhaps the fantastic sea views from the on-site restaurant.

Modern comforts

The hotel consists of 60 rooms, ranging from standard options through to expansive suites. You’ll enjoy plenty of space, light and comfort in whichever room type you reside in, all of which are decked out with ample facilities that include air-conditioning, a mini-bar and television. Beyond the room, the rooftop pool will no doubt serve as a focal point of your stay at Hotel Perola, offering panoramic views of Praia and its bay, as well as an adjoining bar from where you can get some inviting refreshments and bar snacks. The gastronomy continues in the shape of the hotel’s Deju Panoramic Restaurant, while those who fancy burning off those extra calories will benefit from the hotel’s on-site gym.

Hotel Dunas de Sal

Hotel Dunas de Sal is a newly renovated hotel with its beach concession and offers a pleasant spot and a unique place for guests and visitors to enjoy the beautiful Santa Maria Beach.

The new equipments at the beach include the indispensable windscreen allowing the guest to enjoy the beach throughout the day.

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RESTAURANTS

Cape Verde, home of Creole island cuisine, has a distinct culinary advantage over many other destinations; each island has its own interpretations of the traditional dishes. Adding to this exciting variety are a number of outside influences – Mediterranean, Japanese and gourmet restaurants dot the archipelago’s towns.

Titi Sushi Lounge (Santiago)

Sushi restaurant, where you can delight the best of Japanese cuisine. Titi Sushi Lounge takes advantage of the island’s fresh fish with a delicate array of aromatic sushi dishes. The restaurant also offer options for those who are not fans of Japanese food.

Chez Loucha in Mindelo (São Vicente)

Chez Loucha has been around in Mindelo for a long time. It's famous for their food and events combination. Next to quality buffets, Chez Loucha is known for doing dancing events with mainly traditional music. These dancing events are often organized on Friday or Saturday in Morada (Mindelo's city centre) and on Sunday's in the village of Calhau. Chez Loucha provides free transportation from the Restaurant (and Residencial) in the city centre down to the Restaurant in Calhau.

A perfect opportunity to dive into Capeverdean culture.

Atlantis Restaurant (Santa Maria beach)

Atlantis is a superb seafood restaurant situated on the beachfront and serving upmarket European fish dishes. Santa Maria also boasts a more cosmopolitan foodie scene than the other island towns, with unusual offerings such as Geko Gourmet; a Mediterranean-themed restaurant serving immaculate Spanish/Italian fusion cuisine. Along with these high-end establishments, Santa Maria also hides a variety of down-to-earth gems – head away from the beach to find charming family restaurants serving local and African dishes.

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Best Time to Visit

Year round you the Cape Verde islands have pleasant weather and a lot of sunshine. For most visitors, with no specific interest in an activity, Cape Verde can be visited all year. The most ideal conditions for windsurfers are in January and February, although also the rest of the year is also fine. Divers have the best underwater visibility from June to December.  The islands with mountains are the most enticing for hikers during and just after the period July to December. If you want to experience the nesting turtles. The season runs from June till October. The turtles are born in mid-August to November and leave then towards the sea. The best opportunities to spot whales are at Boavista in March and April. Music and festival lovers can choose for the Sao Vicente Carnival in February. Or for the Sao Vicente Baia das Gates festival in August. Another major festival in May is the Gamboa music festival in Santiago. Year round there are also some smaller festivals you can visit. Cape Verde is not expensive. If your budget is limited then you can find the cheapest accommodation in April to June and in October.

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Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) Travel FAQs

Here are a list of frequently asked questions to help you travel.

What is the Visa requirement to travel to Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)?

YES. Visa is required.

Two types of visas are available: a single-entry visa valid for up to 90 days or a multiple-entry visa valid for five years. You can apply for a visa at the Cabo Verdean Embassy in Washington, D.C. Please see their website for the most up-to-date visa requirements. You may also apply for a visa upon arrival at one of the country’s four international airports:

  • Nelson Mandela International Airport

  • Cesaria Evora Airport

  • Amilcar Cabral International Airport

  • Aristides Pereira International Airport

We strongly advise being prepared to pay in U.S. currency.

Can I get internet access in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)?

Yes, internet is now freely available in the main tourist hotels and complexes. There are plenty of internet cafes and bars in Santa Maria, the main tourist village on Sal the main tourist island, but few on other islands. Most business oriented hotels offer Internet access. This can be very slow, as it does not often incluide Broadband, The Belorizonte and Praiamar have Internet Wifi into the rooms.

Do I need travel insurance before traveling to Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Trailblazer Travelz are highly recommended to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

 

Is it safe to drink Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) water?

In general, the water is not safe to drink in Republic of cape verde. All local water should be considered contaminated. Bring all tap water to a good rolling boil if you want to drink, brush your teeth or make ice cubes. Otherwise, buy capped bottled water from reputable brands.

Are credit cards accepted in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)?

VISA is accepted in most locations.

 

Most hotels decline credit cards, due to the cost of clearance through Lisbon. If they accept foreign currency at all, there is usually a surcharge. Pre-payment is advisable. Credit cards are only accepted in the largest hotels and not at shops or restaurants.

Which International languages are widely spoken in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)?

Cape Verdean Portuguese is the dialect of European Portuguese used in the island nation of Cape Verde. While the language is not commonly used in informal conversations.
Cape Verde Portuguese is used in all government communication, as well as in the drafting of all official documents including legislation and laws. Despite being the official language, Cape Verdean Portuguese is not spoken unvaryingly across the country, as there is no official regulatory body mandated to regulate the use of the language.

Cape Verdean Creole is the dominant language in Cape Verde, with almost all Cape Verde residents having knowledge of the language. The majority of Cape Verde diaspora citizens also use the language as their second language. Cape Verdean Creole is one of many Portuguese-based creoles in the world, and is the creole language with the highest number of native speakers in the world. Cape Verdean Creole is also the oldest existing creole in the world, with the language being estimated to have over 1.2 million native speakers in the island nation. The language does not have an official designation, but is locally referred to as “creole” in the country. The exact origin of Cape Verdean Creole is not entirely known, but linguists believe the language originated from African slaves residing in the islands, who took the European Portuguese language and incorporated the grammar of their native West African languages.

What is the currency and tips for foreign exchange in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)?

The local currency is the Escudo. It is a currency linked to the Euro. It is pegged at 11O to the Euro and so represents about 125 to the pound. The Cape Verde currency has been stable against the euro for a long time, but high interest rates and controls have been in force to prevent it depreciating.

It is not a convertible currency so that you cannot lawfully take it out of the country and you cannot change it abroad. Cape Verde banks do not provide credit cards. Any currency export requires special permission.

Can I use my Mobile/Cell phone while in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)?

Cape Verde now officially has more mobile phones than inhabitants, There are over half a million mobile phones in the nine inhabited islands.

A few networks offers roaming, which is also very costly for local calls as the calls return via the base country and come out again. O2, Orange, Vodafone and Hutchison have roaming contracts for GSM and 3G.

Are ATMs in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) and can I use them?

Cape Verde Currency dispensers exist at the banks on Sal at the entry to both Espargos and Santa Maria. They will dispense escudos for a VISA card if you know your PIN code. But the charge can be as much as £1O plus card charges. And there are queues.

Is tipping customary in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)?

Although tipping isn't mandatory it will be much appreciated given the low wages that service workers are typically paid. It's your call.

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

The Cape Verde archipelago is considered one of the safest African holiday destination and the crime rate is very low. However, petty theft is becoming more common especially in built up areas so we advise only carrying enough money for the day and keeping the rest in a hotel safe. There are no dangerous animals such as snakes and scorpions. Probably the most important safety issue on the islands is the strong undertow at many of the beaches, so do check with the locals before you swim.

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CAPE VERDE (CABO VERDE) ISLAND TRAVEL INSPIRATIONS!