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Boa Vista Holidays

One of the most popular resort islands in Cape Verde, Boa Vista holidays lets visitors enjoy paradise beaches, dramatic dunes and varied ocean activities, all from the confines of a peaceful tropical island.

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Sandy surroundings

The island's name is Portuguese for good view but you'll soon find out that is an understatement when looking at Boa Vista from the relaxing surroundings of a beached sunbed.

Being such a small island, it's easy to reach the resort, town or attraction you want via quick taxi rides or even by hiring a quadbike.

Holidays to Boa Vista are still relatively quiet but that won't last long as the secret is finally out on what an amazing, peaceful, tranquil location this island is. Perfect for anyone looking to escape the rigmarole of busy life in the UK, your troubles will melt away underneath the hot African climate.

Places to Visit

Fishing Adventure

Land your own big game fish on board our fishing vessel. With just six people and six rods, spend the day with your line cast into the water waiting for a passing Tuna, Marlin or Garopa. A professional crew will guide you and take you to the best places to catch. And nothing will go to waste either - all fish caught are given to the local schools and communities. It's a fantastic experience and your chance to create your own tales about the one that got away.

Sands Of Boavista

You'll start the morning with a drive to Cabo Santa Maria. In 1968, a transport ship ran aground a few miles off the coast here, and you can still see the skeleton of its hull. It's a pretty eerie sight. The remains look like a rusty carcass that's been gnawed and mauled by the waves. Your next stop will be Rabil. Once the island's capital, this city has a different significance today – it's the epicentre of Boa Vista's pottery industry. You can visit a few of the ceramics workshops and pick up plates and bowls made by artisans. From here, you'll head inland to see the desert-scape that stretches for 8 kilometres across the centre of the island. The white sands here are whipped into Mr Whippy-style dunes. Before the trip ends, you'll spend some time on Santa Monica Beach. Tourism hasn't touched down on this strip of sand. What's more, it's known as one of the top 5 beaches in the world.

Turtle spotting

There is 55km of sandy coastline to lay down your beach towel; your day out at the beach can be as deserted or busy as you want it to be.

There are many beaches of note: Praia do Estoril just outside the capital of Sal Rei, the gorgeous Praia de Santa Monica in the south and the several lonely beaches on the east of the island that are just waiting to be discovered.

One of the most interesting sights to see on Boa Vista beaches is the number of sea turtles who slink to shore and lay their eggs on the beach. The Turtle Foundation has set up a programme to protect the creatures here and with the number of animals on display, their effort has been successful.

Natural landscapes

If you need to cool off then there are several ways to make a splash in the ocean. There are surf and scuba opportunities available while there is also a whale watching tour that leaves from Sal Rei.

There are many tour operators who can't wait to show off their island to you. From a car, a coach, a 4x4 or on a quadbike, you'll get to see the shipwreck, the dunes, Little Oasis, Santa Monica and Sal Rei.

African beats

While the island is peaceful by day, the locals of Sal Rei kick things into gear at night. There are good selections of bars turned nightclubs here that stay open until quite late.

The dancefloors are a world away from pop and RnB tunes heard in Europe, if live music isn't playing then songs with a distinct African beat will keep you dancing.

Of course not every evening venue is this excitable. You still have the option to enjoy a cocktail by the beach or a drink and meal in a pub before turning in for an early night.

Local markets

The most interesting shopping experience in Boa Vista is provided by the Sal Mei street market. The stalls sell locally grown fruits and freshly caught fish, if nothing else walking through here is a fun cultural experience to witness authentic island life.

Street vendors selling hand crafted souvenirs are also dotted around the island to make sure you come home with a [url=] Cape Verde keepsake[/url].

Freshly caught food

Many hotels in Boa Vista are all-inclusive with delicious meals provided from breakfast through to supper. Outside of your accommodation, the islands are famous for their delicious seafood with the catch of the day often being served to you right next to the beach.

Short transfer times

Tourists fly into the Rabil Airport here in Boa Vista and there is a short ten minute transfer time to arrive at the capital Sal Rei in the north west of the island. If you choose accommodation in the south, Riu Touareg is the furthest away and is just a 25 minute drive.

As mentioned, taxis are the quickest way to explore the island while quad bike rentals are the most fun way to explore.

Best time of the year to visit

Average temperatures in this resort never seem to leave the mid-twenties. With an average low of 22C in winter and a high of 28C in September, holidays in Boa Vista offer perfect beach conditions all year long.

If you want to witness some amazing nature, the sea turtles are most commonly seen between July and October. If you don't stumble across them straight away, special tours are offered in these months to help you find the rare animals.

Location of Boa Vista

Average monthly temperature (°C) for Boa Vista
JanuaryTemp: 24°C
FebruaryTemp: 24°C
MarchTemp: 25°C
AprilTemp: 25°C
MayTemp: 25°C
JuneTemp: 26°C
JulyTemp: 27°C
AugustTemp: 28°C
SeptemberTemp: 29°C
OctoberTemp: 28°C
NovemberTemp: 27°C
DecemberTemp: 26°C
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