Cape Verde Things to Do

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Cape Verde Things to Do

  • RENT CAR - DRIVE CAR

    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...

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  • Windsurf

    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...

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  • Nice beaches.

    Cape Verde has nice beaches.Especially the island of Sal where you have kilometer after kilometer of white sandy beaches.If your aim is to chill out and tan then this is not a bad place to start.

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  • Meet the locals.

    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...

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  • Take a walk around the countryside.

    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.

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  • Hiking Ribeira Grande.

    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.

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  • Blu bar Santa Maria

    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.

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  • Ilha do sal

    Remark the water color due some algs.reparar nas tonalidades da água saturada devido a algas: ilha do Sal

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  • KITE SURFING SCHOOL

    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...

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  • SUBMARINE TOURS

    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,...

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  • WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL HERE?

    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...

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  • THE BLUE EYE - SAL ISLAND

    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...

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  • Surfing,windsurfing,kitesurfing,fishing,dive

    One of the best island on the world for surfing especially on Sal island,with really big waves,fantastic pleaces for deep sea fishing (baracudas,sharks,tuna)

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  • Watch the sunset!

    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!

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  • Kite/Wind/Surfing

    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...

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  • Scuba Diving

    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.

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  • Deep Fishing

    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...

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  • Strech out at the beach!

    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!

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  • Train your archery skills!

    The Archery Range features high quality bows and arrows. If you have never tried it...this is an excellent opportunity. Instructors are standing by to show you how. It's a nice and fun way to spend your time and train your skills.

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  • Water sports

    Usually all beachfront resorts have facilities for parasailing, windsurfing, scuba diving and other water sports. You can also go fishing, your hotel can arrange that for you.Sal island doesn't have many things to do, but the beach is great and sports and water sports are your best bets to spend some fun times.

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  • Volcano climbing

    Instead of just looking at it !(Volcano):wake-up about 5amget a local guide and start trekking it takes 3-4hours depending on the wind.Can be dangerous, but after completed it feels like you are on top of the world.

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  • The cave of Ribiere de Barca

    The vist was so enjoyable and interesting thanks to our excelent guide Caludino R. Oliveria. Remember to bring water to drink, and good shoes/sandals

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  • M/S Vistafjord anchored in the bay

    Only small ships may enter the port in the Cap Verde Islands.Therefore we had to stay outside and anchor in the bay. To go ashore, we had to make the transfer by our tender-boats with a capacity of around 100 persons per tender.Passengers are of course always taken first and crew-members had to wait for about half an hour, before they are allowed...

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  • Praia & Mindelo

    Most people who visit the Cape Verde Islands limit themselves to only staying on Ilha do Sal, it's great for swimming and relaxing but there is not a whole lot else to see or do... The local airline TACV has a domestic network that is relatively reliable (by African standards), making it easy to visit any of the other islands even for only a couple...

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  • Ilha do Sal

    The "island of salt" is the one place in Cape Verde that receives a significant number of tourists - because of the great climate and its beaches. The most popular town is Santa Maria on the islands sothern tip, a 20 minute drive from the international airport. There are a number of large hotels, restaurants and a beautiful beach! As with most...

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  • Visit Santo Antao

    Santo Antao is one of the most beautifull islands of Cape Verde.There are mountains, fabulous views, green valleys with plantations of banana, mango and papaya and in the north cosy fishing villages.Santo Antao and Sao Nicolau are the best places for walks and hiking.The airport of Santo Antao was out of order (in 2002). So we took the one hour...

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  • Fishing

    Santa Maria pier. More pier activity. There are always kids fishing small fish under the pier, they don't use bait, just pull the hook fast.

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  • Mindelo at Sao Vicente

    Mindelo is situated at a great bay.Mindelo with the deepest port of the archipelago is a junction of intercontinental shipping.Visit the lifely Praca Amilcar Cabril and the bars and music-cafe's in the environment of the Rua Libertadores d'Africa.Mindelo is known as a centre of culture, especially of the traditional music.Other things to do or to...

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  • Island hopping

    Visit more than one island and enjoy the differeneces in landscape, scenery and atmosphere.Wthin a one-hour flight you reach the most islands by air (TACV)I visited Ilha do Sal, Sao Vicente, Santo Antao and Santiago.I will come back amd visit other islands too some day.

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  • Santiago, beach of Tarrafal

    In the north of Santiago is the small fishing village Tarrafal.The beach of Tarrafal is fabulous with a lot of palm trees.The bungalows of Baia Verde have a good view on the beach and the ocean.For more information and pictures see my Santiago site.

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  • Sandy beaches

    This wreck is on one of the endless beaches in Boavista. As a curiosity, it wrecked in 1968, stand proud until 2002. In December i toured the island and hardly saw another tourist.

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  • Fogo

    The archipelago of Cape Verde has a volcanic origin and Fogo is a black lava cone. Pico de Fogo is about 3000 meters high and is an active volcano. Going to visit Fogo and hiking the volcano has to be an unforgettable experience.

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  • Santiago

    Santiago is the most 'African' island of Cape Verde, where the African roots of the people are more felt. Here there is Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde. Santiago is the first island the Portoguese settled. They discovered it in 1460 and built the first town, Ribeira Grande, today renamed Ciudade Velha. Santiago was a base where the African...

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  • Boavista

    Boavista is called the 'Caribbean of Africa'. White beaches with coconut and date palms, a torquoise sea, bright coloured little villages and in the middle of the island the desert of Viana, a little desert with white sand dunes and green oasis. I saw a picture of this place and I would like to visit it, but the organized tour by plane was a little...

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  • Ilha do Sal

    First, go to visit Ilha do Sal and its little villages. Ilha do Sal is your starting point when you arrive at Cape Verde. In a day time you can visit all the island, flat and desert, and the villages of Santa Maria, Espargos and Palmeira. I tell you more about it in my Ilha do Sal page. (please, wait, my pages are under construction)

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  • Beach relax

    Actually I'm one of these guys never happy and never satisfied ... always feeling I can do more and better to enjoy life but too lazy to start out anything.With this feeling into my soul I came to the beach .. and ... everything was over !!! just the sea, the sand, some birds ... you do not feel the need for anything else.

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  • Take the opportunity to go...

    Take the opportunity to go walking in the hills. The island of Santo Antão offers some great walking in spectacular scenery.

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  • Rent a 4x4 car

    All the roads and paths you go through are a 'must see' cause you pass by really interesting, diferent and unespected landscapes!

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  • Santa Monica Beach

    A beach in the island of Boavista. somone told me is named after the california beach, because of it's resemblance. but the only thing i can imagine being alike is the size, cause this beach is fabulous, really big, and you hardly see anyone there! there's nothing there but the beach and some stony kind of desert.... and goats. One of the most...

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  • Must 'hear' activity!!!

    Great Music!!! The mix of various cultures gave way to traditional styles such as the mornas, the funana, the coladeira... They have a rich musical tradition. Cesária Évora (pic) is maybe the cape verdean singer with a bigger internatinal projection. She's strongly appreciated in portugal.

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  • Downtown strolling

    Just visit downtown in Boavista ... you can feel that the big revolution is slowly coming; new villas, new buildings, new shops ... it's still far away from becoming a new "Rimini" but this is the trend ... in the meanwhile enjoy these pix !!!!!!!!!

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  • You must visit Tarrafal in São...

    You must visit Tarrafal in São Tiago Island (in this photo...), either for diving either for swimming or sunbathing...Its the best beach, either because of the thin white sand, either because of the warm waters... Some islands only have black sand because of vulcanism but Tarrafal its Paradise...

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  • There isn't much to do in the...

    There isn't much to do in the island (Sal), except for the water sports.You may rent a jeep for a day and visit the island. There's an old salt-pan in the Island and the famous 'Sitio da Buracona' which in the summer becomes a natural pool. You can also rent a bicycle if it's not too windy.

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  • Cabo Verde is the right place...

    Cabo Verde is the right place for sport:swimming,surfing,running,riding bike,playing volley ball and beach football and so on.In Sal there is a desert view and so you can use the typical desert motorbike (you can rent one when arrived for a good price to Simona And Luçian:they can also came with you around the isle.I assure they are wanderful...

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  • There is not much to do on...

    There is not much to do on Sal, you only come here and after two days you realize you know your way around and you have seen everything. What is this everything? I recommend trip to Palmeira - besides little different lifestyle you will see also crab-farm, a little factory for transformation of sea water to sweet water, nice beach and bunch of dogs...

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