Cape Verde, a West African nation, is made up of 18 islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Originally colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century, Cape Verde is a fascinating mix of cultures.
The temperate climate, and lack of any noticeable rainfall make Cape Verde an ideal destination any time of year.
There are a number of different and equally beautiful landscapes to enjoy, from scenic beaches to verdant valleys to volcanic peaks.
Hike, explore, and relax on one of the beautiful islands that are Cape Verde.
Where to Stay
There are numerous hotels, bed and breakfast inns, and guest houses sprinkled among the islands of Cape Verde. The majority of the lodging options can be found in Santiago, Santa Maria, and Boa Vista.
There are plenty of charming hotels located in Santa Maria, the former capital, located on the island of Sal. With long stretches of beach to relax upon, this is the ideal destination to rejuvenate.
Odjo d‘Agua Hotel offers great service and several rooms with gorgeous views of the private beach. Excellent location, good food, and comfortable accommodations make Hotel Morabeza a popular choice among visitors to Sal.
Boa Vista has arguably the best beaches on the the islands. Many of the Boa Vista hotels make it easy for you to relax and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean from your guest room door.
Amenities like a large swimming pool, spacious and well-appointed guest suites, excellent dining, and top notch service make Riu Toureg your best bet while on your Boa Vista holiday.
Santiago Island, home to the capital city of Praia, was the first island settled in the chain. Though it is the capital, you will find surprisingly few hotels.
The Perola Hotel is the most popular of your choices. The rooms are new and clean., they offer a free daily breakfast, and the location is great.
Where to Eat
Seafood is an obvious staple on Cape Verde. Island living definitely has its advantages, and super fresh fish is certainly one of them.
Dining options on the islands will undoubtedly include plenty of seafood selections. There are plenty of European cuisines to choose from, Italian chief among them.
Ocean Cafe, located in Santa Maria, is a great place to stop for a quick drink or bite, but it’s also a great place to just sit and hang out. Relax and enjoy live music, a largely seafood-based menu, and a fun atmosphere.
If you are visiting the island of Boa Vista, be sure to stop by the Wakan Bar. Sit outside with a cold beer and people watch on the beach. The best beach bar around, with friendly service and fast, tasty food.
O Pescador, located in Praia, doesn’t change much, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Consistently fresh and well-prepared seafood keep many returning again and again. They serve up simple dishes, but offer a wide variety of fish, a good wine menu, and excellent service.
What to Do
If you are looking to relax, unwind, and renew your spirit, there is a sandy spot waiting for you on one of Cape Verde’s many beautiful Atlantic beaches.
There are also plenty of water sports to enjoy, including kite surfing jet skiing, and even deep sea fishing. Adventure seekers shouldn’t miss a trip to Fogo, where you can ascend the breathtaking Pico do Fogo. The island of Santo Antao features lush forests skimming a scenic volcano. This island is great for hiking, rock climbing, scuba diving, and more.
When to Visit
The weather is temperate all year long on the Cape Verde islands. December through March sees cooler nights, but the days are still comfortable enough to be considered beach weather. The busiest season is between November and April.