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For those who are unaware, Boa Vista means “good view” in Portuguese. While some of the Portuguese people that we’ve met during our travels can occasionally get on our nerves, we would be hard pressed to dispute their thoughts about this beautiful place. We must admit that those people were 100 percent correct when it comes to the wonders of Boa Vista.
This stunning island is located in the Cape Verde chain and is its easternmost territory. There is no shortage of great views to be seen and while the majority of Cape Verde visitors head to Sal, we recommend heading to Boa Vista instead. There is gorgeous scenery at every turn and the tourist experience at Boa Vista is simply unparalleled.
Sal is usually favored by most tourists, since it is more well developed than Boa Vista from an infrastructure standpoint, has a variety of high end hotels and numerous kite spots for vacationers of all different skill levels.
However, Boa Vista offers a completely different experience for travelers and while some may not prefer their lack of infrastructure, population, water sports popularity or lodging choices, we are not alone in wishing that Boa Vista could always remain the same and maintain its lush, untouched beauty.
Boa Vista is in an interesting moment, as more and more European cities are offering direct flights to the island and increasing the number of tourists that visit each year. Hotels are being built on a consistent basis and we stayed at the Riu while we were on Boa Vista, a hotel that would be able to house at least of the island’s entire population.
The locals who reside there have fallen on hard times, though. Due to the changes in climate, the farming and agriculture industries have all but dried up. As you cruise on the country’s dirt roads, you’ll find a number of abandoned villages and there is evidence that the nation once had a plentiful water supply.
It sets a very eerie scene and calls attention to how life must have been years ago, before water supplies began to dwindle. The average rainfall in Boa Vista each year is just 261 mm, which is just 11 mm above the 250 mm rainfall that classifies an area as a desert.
The area has a very barren appearance and all you’ll see are rocks, at least initially. But these rocks soon give away to a hidden gem and this gem is the reason why we are here in the first place.
Simply put, Boa Vista has some of the most beautiful beaches that we have ever had the pleasure of laying our eyes on. These beaches are your reward for spending hour after hour driving an all terrain vehicle down an extremely rocky road. They are comprised of beautiful white sand and some of the bluest water known to man.
Perched in the Atlantic, these beaches are responsible for picking up the marauding swells of the ocean. We were fortunate enough to encounter these beaches during a week when the swells were at a mere 4 mm, but we would be challenged by the winds that blew into this remote outpost on the African coast.
These raw, untouched beaches are some of the last places on the planet that a person can go when they wish to see natural, raw beauty in its purest form.
There is an absence of road networks that makes it difficult for travelers to make their way around the island. You’ll need to rent a quad bike or a 4 x 4 in order to navigate the terrain. But, as an added bonus, this makes most of the spots that you will come across fairly empty.
You can spend some quality time with the sand and the water, without worrying about elbowing your way through a group of fellow tourists. The island’s surface area is a mere 600 kilometers and the longest distance from north to south stands at 30 kilometers. Sal Rei is the main town and it is located on the northwest side of the island. The town has all of 3,000 residents to its name.
Including your flight, the expenses currently associated with staying in the Riu will come to roughly 800-900€. These costs include everything (such as food and drinks), so it is possible for you to spend the entirety of your trip here, without ever having to open up your wallet. You may also be able to score a travel deal for around 600€ if you are fortunate and those who are in search of an inexpensive exotic vacation are never going to find a better value.