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Boa Vista 

The Cape Verdean island of a thousand  dunes

Experience the vibrant magic of Boa Vista, arguably the most radiant among the Cape Verde islands. It's not just the sun, but the golden sands, azure waters, and the rhythm of morna music that will captivate you. Dive deep into the serenity of the ocean, soak in the untouched beauty of the dunes, and get lost in the melody of the ever-present island winds.


Definition of a beach holiday

Boa Vista, translating to 'Good View', does not disappoint. With its golden Sahara desert, captivating sand dunes, and endless golden beaches, it offers a unique blend of serenity and vibrancy. The north of the island has rural villages and wide dry landscapes, while the southern region charms with its rustic desert landscapes.

The coastlines are unspoilt and home to hatching turtles, while the interiors present a fascinating dance of dunes and date palms. The sight of traditional homes, painted in cheerful colors, completes this picturesque setting.

Boa Vista Highlights

  • Sal Rei: The island’s capital, where tradition meets modernity. A mixture of the daily business hustle, harbour and tourist centre. Don't miss the bustling markets and the harmonious sounds of morna and coladeira music.

  • Praia de Estoril: Renowned for its water sports, this is the place to indulge in (wind)surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, or just a rejuvenating swim. Enjoy the best beachclubs like Morabeza, Baia Beach and windsurf Club with a fresh caipirinha cocktail. 

  • Santa Monica Beach: Often compared to its Californian namesake, this beach offers kilometres of untouched golden sands, making it a haven for beach lovers. Relax at the beach restaurant 'Boca Beach' for an idyllic fresh lunch from the ocean served right on the plate. 

  • Viana Desert: A mesmerizing stretch of white sand dunes, providing a stark contrast to the blue skies and turquoise waters. A really nice spot to get the adrenaline rushing and try sandboarding. At night you can enjoy the star gazing experience from the desert together with a delicious dinner in Viana Club restaurant. 

  • Chaves Beach:  Stroll along the soothing waves next to gigantic sand dunes. This unspoilt desert right next to the ocean is one of the most beautiful look out spots on the island. 

  • Rabil: Once the capital village, now a quiet town with an intriguing pottery heritage. Visit the ceramic workshops and witness art in the making. A good place to explore the local lifestyle.

  • Shipwreck of Cabo Santa Maria: An iconic site, the rusting ship stranded in  1968 offers a striking contrast to the stunning beach and is a reminder of the island's rich, but sometimes dangerous maritime history.

  • Morro Negro Lighthouse: Settled on a black, volcanic hill in the middle of nowhere, this lighthouse offers panoramic views of the island and its captivating surroundings.

Image by Nick Fewings

Viana desert with sand from the Sahara 

Where to stay

Discover Boa Vista: An Island Retreat with Cabo Mundo 

As you plan your escape to this hidden gem, let Cabo Mundo be your guide. Our expertise and local knowledge ensure that your journey to Boa Vista is not just a vacation but an unforgettable experience. From luxurious stays to mesmerizing tours, we are your companion in uncovering the secrets of Boa Vista.


International flights to Boa Vista

Boa Vista's gateway, the International Airport (BVC), established in 2007, is your first touchpoint to this idyllic destination. While not as busy as Sal's airport, BVC offers daily direct flights from numerous European countries. The island's allure starts here, promising an unspoiled retreat away from the bustling tourist hubs.

Domestic transport to Boa Vista

Boa Vista receives 3 weekly connections from domestic flights with airline Cabo verde airlines (TACV), from the capital Praia on Santiago island. These flights offer a quick and convenient way to hop between the islands.

Traveling to Boa Vista by ferry is possible, but the duration is much more adventurous and longer. The ferry connections are occasional, and purchasing tickets from CV Interilhas in advance is advisable to secure your passage.

Travel duration by ferry
Sal Rei, Boa Vista - Palmeira, Sal : 4 hours (2,5 hours by fast ferry)
Sal Rei, Boa Vista - Praia, Santiago : 7 hours

Travel duration by plane 

Boa Vista (BVC) - Praia, Santiago (RAI) : 30 minutes

Boa Vista (BVC) - Sal (SID) : 15 minutes (only seasonal connections)

Accommodations: Luxury and Serenity

The island is renowned for its all-inclusive resorts that dot the coastline, offering luxurious amenities amidst stunning natural backdrops. While prices are a notch higher than in Sal, the quality and exclusivity of these resorts make every penny spent worthwhile. Post-pandemic, the hospitality scene here has evolved, focusing more on quality than quantity, ensuring a more personalized and intimate experience for each guest.

Boa Vista: A Haven of Activities

Once you arrive, Boa Vista does not disappoint. Its pristine beaches, with soft white sands and crystal-clear waters, are perfect for relaxation and water sports. The island's interior, a mosaic of desert-like landscapes and lush oases, beckons the explorers at heart. Boa Vista has something for everyone, whether it's a leisurely day by the beach or an adventurous trek in the heartlands.


Culinary Delights and Cultural Tapestry

Boa Vista's cuisine is a delightful fusion of African, Portuguese, and Brazilian influences. Fresh seafood, exotic fruits, and local delicacies offer a gastronomic adventure. The island's rich music and dance culture add to the vibrant atmosphere, ensuring that your stay is not just a trip but an immersive experience.

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