Cape Verde Islands
The nine tropical, lush green islands that make up the Cape Verde archipelago are located about 400 miles off the west coast of Africa. They all enjoy wonderful white beaches washed by the warm Atlantic ocean. They are the 'new Canaries', virtually unspoiled by mass tourism, relatively cheap, with a fantastic climate (though it does rain between August and October most years), but sometimes chilly in the evenings. It takes about 6 hours to fly from the UK to Cape Verde, but when you arrive, your clicktransfers.com transport will be there to meet you and take you to your holiday accommodation. This is the only way to travel! Because you pay for the transport in the UK, you will not incur any additional transport costs. Neither will you need to queue for a local taxi and risk being charged an extortionate fare to be taken to your destination.
Before you book your holiday to Cape Verde, ensure that you will have a minimum of 6 months left to run on your passport beyond your intended date of departure from the islands. Also, you must have held a valid passport for six months. Visas can be obtained when you arrive at the airport. Check before you leave how much the visa will cost, and take the exact local currency with you as this will speed things up when you arrive.
The local currency is the Escudo. You will need to change your money when you get there, and you cannot take any of it out of the country when you leave. The safest way to take your holiday spends is in travellers cheques. Change your money at the banks in small quantities and watch out for muggers when you leave the banks. Try to avoid ATM cash machines - the charges for using them can be very high.
The locally caught fish served in the restaurants is wonderful, as are other seafood dishes. Vegetarians are well catered for, the local speciality is 'cachupa' - a type of stew with grains and pulses. Creole and Portuguese specialities are also a favourite. Restaurants on the smaller islands will not have the range of dishes that the main island restaurants have, and the service can be slow, so give yourself plenty of time to relax and enjoy your meal.
Known as the Island of Dunes and Beaches, Boa Vista is just the place to relax. Some of the beaches are protected to preserve the turtle population. Between October and June, this is an excellent place to windsurf.
Enjoying an average of 350 days of sunshine each year, Sal Island has white sandy beaches and clear warm waters. The salt lake at Pedra de Lume will make you feel as if you are floating in the Dead Sea. On the whole, the beaches on this island are not crowded, and this is the ideal location for water sports. A variety of restaurants serve international cuisine.
Sao Vicente offers some pleasant beaches and interesting fishing villages.
The largest island is Santiago. Praia, the capital city, is not really a place for a holiday. Public services are almost non existent, mugging is a frequent occurrence, overcharging by taxi drivers in the norm, and the town is run down and dirty. However, the countryside of Santiago is lush and green, and there are some pretty fishing villages, wonderful white sandy beaches and botanical gardens. Probably the best tourist reort is the seaside and fishing town of Tarrafal which has beautiful sandy palm tree lined beaches and views of Monte Graciosa.