With a name that means "beautiful view" Boa Vista does exactly what it says on the tin. Thanks to its selection of Blue Flag beaches, clear sands and clean water, it’s a great place to take the kids. You can sail out to sea on a catamaran and spend some time exploring the cute capital of Sal Rei.
For a family-friendly hotel, look no further than Riu Karamboa.This five-star retreat is right on the beach, and comes with a kids’ club, evening entertainment, and a long list of sports. There’s also a luxury spa for when you fancy some quiet time.
If you’re dreaming of some just-the-two-of-us time, Sal is the island to go for. Unwind with a trip to the impressive salt lakes where you can have a therapeutic treatment and a swim. The water here is so dense that you’ll float on the surface without any effort. To see the island from a different perspective, try an adults-only boat trip.
You can discover hidden coves and sandy bays, before dining on deck in the sunshine. Top it all off with a stay at the Melia Dunas Resort.
It has gourmet restaurants, five swimming pools and a spa, while you can also book a room in the adults-only area. Here, you’ll get special perks like preferential dinner reservations, spa discounts, and private access to The Level Lounge.
If lying on a beach all week isn’t your idea of fun, don’t worry. Both Sal and Boa Vista have a great quad-biking scene. Saddle up and drive off-road into the desert, or zoom along jagged coastal roads. You’ll be rewarded with no-filter-needed views over sand dunes and endless ocean.
See yourself as more of a water baby? Take to the waves with some watersports off the coast of Santa Maria, where you’ll find Sal’s eight-kilometre beach. Meanwhile, on Boa Vista, you can catch tuna and marlin on a big-game fishing trip.
And, of course, there’s always Cape Verde’s most famous sporting attraction – surfing. Whether you’re a stand-up-superstar or a bit of a belly-flopper, the waves here are some of the best in the world. So grab a board and give it a go.
Cape Verde is a popular nesting site for loggerhead turtles. These gentle giants swim to Sal, Boa Vista and neighbouring Santiago between July and September every year to lay their eggs. If you’re lucky, you might spot them when you’re walking on the beach. But take care not to disturb the animals, as they’re listed as an endangered species.
The waters surrounding Boa Vista are great for snorkelling. Beneath the surface, you’ll find a colourful world of tropical fish, bright coral and mysterious shipwrecks. The most famous wreck is Cabo Santa Maria. Its rusty skeleton is wedged in the sands off Sal Rei, just a 15-minute drive from Riu Karamboa.
When you want to explore further afield, the islands of Fogo, Santiago and Sao Nicolau are within easy reach. Lovers of the great outdoors can hike Sao Nicolau’s winding mountain trails, or head to Fogo to trek up the slopes of a volcano. Meanwhile, Santiago is great for history-buffs. Previous visitors include Captain Cook and Sir Francis Drake, so you can expect plenty of interesting sites and museums.
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