Boa Vista, Cape Verde: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Martí Micolau

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Boa Vista is an island of the Cape Verde archipelago, off the West African coast. What makes it known and interesting to visit is its varied natural environment. Most tourists come to Boa Vista for the beautiful beaches, but the island also offers desert landscapes such as the dunes of the small desert of Viana, and volcanic landscapes dominated by greenery. Moreover this island is the home of sea turtles that every year lay their eggs along the banks and offer an incomparable spectacle of nature.
Here are some more details and useful information for a trip to Boa Vista!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. What to see and what to do: beaches and places of interest
  5. How much does a vacation in Boa Vista Island cost? Prices, offers and advice
  6. User questions and comments
  7. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 12.000
  • Capital: Sal Rei
  • Languages: Portuguese - Cape Verdean Creole
  • Local currency: Cape Verdean escudo (€ 1,00 = $ 110)
  • Weather: Tropical arid (Average temperature 27 ° C)
  • Time zone: GMT-1 (-2h compared to Italy, -3h when summer time is in force in Italy)
  • vaccinations: No vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Passport required, entry visa required to be requested at the Embassy of Cape Verde in Rome, the Honorary Consulates of Naples, Turin, Florence and Palermo, or to be purchased at the border for € 25,00.
  • Safety info: visit the Cape Verde section on the Farnesina website
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Boa Vista is located off the coast of Africa, precisely the western one. It it is part both geographically and politically of the state of Cape Verde, located in the Tropic of Cancer opposite Senegal. More precisely, the island belongs to the Barlavento group of islands (or Windward), north of the Cape Verdean archipelago. Unlike the Sotavento (or Sottovento), they are characterized by a more arid climate. Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau and Ilha do Sal also belong to the same group.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: The island of Boa Vista is directly connected to Italy by numerous flights, some operated by the national airline Cabo Verde Airlines which departs from Rome and Milan and makes a stopover on the Island of Sal, others operated by Neos Air departing from Rome and direct flight, but also from Milan, Bologna and Verona making a stopover in Rome. The duration of the direct flight is about 6 hours, while making the stopover on the other Cape Verdean island takes up to 10 hours of travel. Transfers between the islands of the archipelago are also served by Binter Airlines.
      Compare flights from Rome or Milan - from € 426,75
    • From the main European capitals: The European cities best connected to the island of Boa Vista are Lisbon and Paris, with flights of the national company and of Tap Portugal, even if in any case you go to make a stopover on the island of Sal which extends the travel.
      Compare flights to Boa Vista Island from Lisbon or Paris - from € 209,46

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical dry, with high temperatures and no rain. The average temperature is around 27 ° C, with peaks of 35 ° C in the summer months when the heat becomes bitter and muggy. Precipitation is practically absent throughout the year, except for a few days in late summer. The sea temperature is always pleasant with its 25 ° C.
    • Best time: From November to July to avoid excessive summer heat - more info on climate and best time in Boa Vista and Cape Verde
    • Period to avoid: From August to October is the hottest time of the year, also in late summer some rain may arrive.
    • Advice: In your suitcase you will need nothing but summer clothing and everything you need for days on the beach. Don't forget to bring a hat and sunscreen.

    What to see and what to do: beaches and places of interest

    1. Sal Rei, is the largest inhabited center of the island, well equipped with everything where there is no shortage of hotels, restaurants, clubs and the possibility of making various excursions and boat trips.
    2. Ilheu de Sal Rei, is an uninhabited island located off the coast of Boa Vista right in front of Sal Rei. It is possible to reach it by boat from the port of Sal Rei, to go and admire a splendid sunset in the midst of unspoiled nature.
    3. Praia da Chaves, is a beach located further south of the town of Sal Rei, one of the most beautiful and most popular on the island. This beach is also very well equipped and well stocked with everything a tourist could need. There is a long golden beach, rocks and blue sea waiting for you.
    4. Praia de Santa Mònica, larger and decidedly quieter than the previous one. If you are a lover of peace and want to relax without having families and sportsmen around, this beach is perfect for you as it is practically desert, but obviously even more devoid of services.
    5. Praia de Atalanta, among the best known for the presence of the wreck of the ship Cabo Santa Maria, which was wrecked in 1968 right on this beach. The wreck is located right next to the beach, a few meters away.
    6. Viana desert, is located in the hinterland of the island but not too far from the town. It is a desert of white sand formed by not very high dunes, it is worth taking a quad bike ride.

    How much does a vacation in Boa Vista Island cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Cape Verde is a destination with average costs, with prices that are not too high but not that low. Nevertheless, it is still possible to find affordable flights and packages, for example, between the end of summer and the beginning of the ideal period to travel between the Cape Verdean islands, a week in a 4-star hotel including a round trip flight it is around € 800,00. As for the cost of living, the prices are certainly lower than in Italy.

    • Hotel and resort from € 17,00 per room -
    • From € 230,00 -
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