In Cape Verde you have plenty of choices for renting a car and exploring on your own. All the big boys (i.e. Avis and Hertz) are here with big boy prices. Why not rent locally cheaper? Seriously, think about this. Every island can be explored in 1 day. If you did have a car failure and/or accident you could walk to civilization in 1 hour or less. I rented from the nice people at Mendes & Mendes Rent Car for almost half what I would have had to pay with all the extras with a large multinational. They rented me a small car that had optional 4-wheel drive. I used the 4-wheel function ONCE for about 1 minute. I rented on the island of SAL which has no roads in the majority of the island. Having said that, most of it is flat and there are paths you can follow. The majority of the island is flat. Take some water with you just in case. They are located in both Santa Maria and Espargos on Sal. This is a great day out and costs considerably less than buying a tour from a hotel or tour agent. I had a good guide book and saw all the sights in about 7 hours of fun driving. This included seeing what my little car could do on the beach.
Please remember: fuel must be purchased with cash
24-hour service from Mendes & Mendes: 985 94 91 or 991 86 18
We stayed 10 days and we had >3bf wind all days.
The wind is very gusty dough, which can be quite tricky.
We rented our gear at the Club Mistral in center one located in the bay of Santa Maria. Flat choppy turquoise blue water.
Nice staff, gear in excellent conditions, plenty of rigs and not crowded.
There are numerous wave spots for wave windsurfers also.
The people of Cabo Verde are very calm and freindly people.
They are certainly not very stressed out at all and always seem to have time for a chat.
Cape verdians are africans, but they are racially very mixed because the islands have had many sailors coming to the islands over the years and many cape verdians have also emmigrated and married foreigners so you are talking about a soceity with many different and exotic looks.
Walking around the cape verdian countryside is very pleasant and interesting.
The landscape is nice and the people very freindly.
the roads are quite suited for hiking as many locals walk on them in order to get to work or school, so you won´t be the only one walking there.
Hiking from Ribeira grande to Fontainhas is really cool.
have you ever seen the photos from Bhutan where the houses are clinched to the mountains?
You have a scenery that is very similar here and it´s really a cool hike.
At Blu bar you will get a fantastic welcome here with live music and really friendly staff. Once we found it we went there all the time, there is nowhere else like in on the island. The cocktails are amazing. Near the square in Santa Maria - don't miss it. They will even get you a taxi home.
Surf Zone describes itself as Cape Verde's largest Kite Suring, Wind Surfing and Surf School. They may be the only such school, but they do know what they are doing. Yes, that is a picture of a guy about 20 feet up in the air over the ocean. They teach you how to kite surf and become airborne. Before you become concerned that the large kite may rip your arms out of their sockets, let me assure you that there is a harness to prevent you losing any limbs. They operate in 2 locations on the island of Sal. They will teach beginners and instruct more advanced people. They only take groups of 2’s and 3’s. They have all the most up-to-date equipment you will need and speak English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German. Both their locations are right on the beach.
Safety concerns? They advertise the following 2 attractions:
• The beaches they use have no rocks and no reefs
• A rescue boat is on hand
There are actually 2 ‘submarines’ on the island of Sal, the main resort island. Both are closely tied into tour agents and the hotels. You will find it hard to book them direct except by telephone. This all keeps their prices high ($30 or more each). I sailed on Neptunus on a very rough day and we didn’t see anything. The owner did offer a refund, but I was leaving. He offered to send me photos. Still waiting and that was October 2008. It’s up to you, but book several days before you leave. There are actually 2 shallow shipwrecks to see.
Cape Verde enjoys hot weather year round due to it’s proximity to the Equator, it is mostly just above sea level and it generous amounts of sunshine. The dry season is from November to July when you can expect no real rain. The rainy season is August to October, but most of the rain affects the higher hills. Cape Verde is affected by the tremendous Harmattan winds. They bring huge amounts of dust from the Sahara Desert across the Gulf of Guinea to create a bit of a haze in Cape Verde. You still get plenty of sunshine, but it is best to travel here March to June to have the clearest days.
Daily hours of sunshine average from 7 to 10 and are highest in the months February to June. The average high temperatures range from 25°C (77°F) to 30°C (86°F) and you can experience high levels of humidity. Clothing should be lightweight and tropical all year round. There are no local issues with wearing shorts and swim tops.
The Blue Eye is definitely worth a visit because you get 3 natural wonders in one place. As you approach the coast near Buracona (literally means ‘large hole'), you will see a huge natural tidal swimming pool (PHOTO 4-5). You can climb down the volcanic rocks to get into the water. Climb back up and about 50 meters over and you will be above the Blue Eye (PHOTO3). The Blue Eye is a deep pool divers can go into and swim through a natural tunnel to the ocean. This should only be done with organised diving groups. Climb out of the Blue Eye and you can again climb down the volcanic ledge to a small pool alongside the ocean that has small fish swimming inside. You can see all 3 off these natural wonders in around 30 minutes of slow and careful climbing on the volcanic surfaces.
There are some souvenir sellers at the entrance and you can pay a guide $1-2 to show you around.
The sunset in Sal Island was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I used to go to the beach or sit at the beach front bar of the hotel and watch it while having a drink and before getting ready for dinner.
It was a really amazing and helped me feel even more relaxed!
Sal's beach front area offers one of the best Kite and Wind Surfing environments in the world.
With pure turquoise waters ranging in temperature from 21 to 29 celsius, it is a surfing haven. With an off-shore wind at the beginning of the bay and a slight
on-shore wind at the end of the bay it is perfect location for both beginners and experts.
Sal continues to be rated as one of the World’s top class surfing destinations, as it has been gifted with tropical winds from November to June and a tropical climate all year around.
Explore Sal Island’s amazing underwater world.
The Scubateam Diving Club was founded 10 years ago and has all of the necessary equipment.
It is run by PADI certified instructors, offers two outings per day, and diving courses for all levels; from beginners to Divemaster.
Go deep fishing in the sea. The hotels can arrange that for you, you will have a great experience.
For fishing amateurs, Sal Island is the ideal place. There’s a vast variety of fish. Fishing is generally successful in all the techniques, but much more exciting in the high seas - only for the sportier individuals, obviously.
When I was there we went fishing with the locals early in the morning and we had a great time and also had the opportunity to interact with them.
The beach in Sal Island is really great, with turquoise water. There is also always much sun so one of the best things to do when you are in Sal is to stretch out, sunbathe and unwind on the comfortable beach chairs.
Don't forget to use a high sun protector because the sun is really hot there and it can burn!
Ilha Do Sal, Caixa Postal 33, Santa Maria, 4111, Cape Verde
Good for: Solo
Lote HO 1, Urb. Morrinho de Baguincho, Praia de Salines, , Cape Verde
Good for: Business
Avenida 4 de Julho, Sal Rei, 74000, Cape Verde