The popular tourist islands of Sal, Maio and Boa Vista all boast gorgeous sandy beaches that stretch on for miles, meaning it’s never a challenge to find a good spot for sunbathing. The waves can be quite rough though, so while the sea is great for kite surfing, you do need to be careful if you’re holidaying with children.
Dine Like a Local
Boa Vista is the culinary capital of Cape Verde, but you’ll find delicious local seafood including squid, prawns and lobster and the local tipple of sugar cane rum everywhere you go. Be brave and expand your gourmet horizons by trying the national dish of cachupa rica – a Creole style fish, bean, vegetable and maize stew.
Whether you fancy setting off on a catamaran, a sailing boat, a fishing boat or a glass-bottomed vessel, there are lots of options to lure you off the sand and onto the seas to explore these lovely islands from a different perspective. But don’t forget the waters can get choppy, so choose a day when there’s a gentle breeze!
Explore the Islands
The main tourist areas have evolved because of their champagne-sand beaches, but don’t miss the chance to discover some off the lesser known islands and their deserted black volcanic sands. Ask your hotel about organised tours in 4 x 4 vehicles where experienced guides will show you the best off-the-beaten track sights.