The Top Five Things to Do in Cape Verde

  • Africa.com
  • 15 May 2012

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Located off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde is one of the continent’s best-kept island secrets. The archipelago of 10 islands has recently been attracting more and more island hoppers looking for a tropical destination that’s still relatively unknown and secluded. The islands’ blend of Brazilian and West African cultures boosts the excitement level of Cape Verde, and if you’re a watersports fanatic, this is the destination for you. From daytime surfing to nighttime dancing, Cape Verde’s perfect for the adventurous and curious spirit.

Pico do Fogo, Cape Verde

The island of Fogo (Portuguese for "fire") is made up almost entirely of an active volcano that last erupted in 1995. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Moises.on

 Here Are the Top 5 Activities in Cape Verde:

1. Local Cuisine: Cape Verde has a rich ethnic culture that blends Portuguese and Senegalese customs and traditions; that blending is happily reflected in the country’s amazing cuisine. Be sure to try canja (a rich chicken soup) and cachupa (a stew of hominy, beans, and either fish or meat), two local dishes you are bound to like. Aguardiente is the local sugarcane rum, and it’s gaining in popularity in the United States; be sure to try it while you’re in Cape Verde.

2. Sal’s Salt Mines: The salt mines of Sal were built inside dormant volcanoes. The caves are truly impressive, and we highly recommend seeing them.

3. Water Sports: Windsurfing, surfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, and waterskiing are all must-do activities in Cape Verde. Organize your itinerary with your hotel before setting out.

4. Island Hopping: The four top islands to visit are Sal, São Vicente, Praia, and Cidade Velha. All the islands offer wonderful natural viewing and plenty of comfortable places to stay.

5. São’s Submarine Tour:It’s rare that tourists can say that they’ve ridden in a real submarine. In that respect, tourists to Cape Verde are truly lucky. Make sure to book a submarine tour of this island to see remarkable oceanic flora and fauna from a 360-degree viewpoint.

Lighthouse, Praia, Cape Verde

Founded in 1615, the town of Praia de Santa Maria was long a favored commercial port for Portuguese trade ships. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Moises.on

When to go

The weather is beautiful all year round, the temperature usually about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Cape Verde’s geographical position, at the northern limit of the tropical rain belt, leaves the country with very little rainfall. Although it’s highly unlikely, if rainfall is to occur, it’s usually between August and September. There is no “perfect” time to visit Cape Verde because the weather is fantastic throughout the year.

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