Capital :Sal Rei
Inhabitants: 8700 people (2/3 of the population is living in the capital Sal Rei)
In three words: dessert, (wind) surf, sea turtles.
As one of the dessert islands of the archipelago (the other ones are Maio and Sal), Boa Vista is called the Sahara of the Cabo Verdes. Very dry, the interior is just as beautiful as the sand dunes of Morocco.
This island is the perfect place if you are into watersports/ a watersport enthusiastic. A steady wind throughout the year (especially good in November and December) and long, beautiful beaches makes this island a great place for windsurfing and surfing. Go to Praia Estoril in Sal Rei to combine (wind) surf with a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy fresh fish in one of the local restaurants in the lively Sal Rei afterwards!
Next to this, Boa Vista is the third most important nesting site for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). This turtle chooses the long beaches of Boa Vista to lay her eggs. You can join various organisations are working to protect these magical creatures, e.g. Turtle Foundation, Bios CV and Naturalia.
Recommended places to visit:
- Deserto De Viana (stunning sand dunes)
- Santa Monica beach
- Praia de Estoril (watersports)
Source: Marco Polo Cape Verde, Bradt Travel Guide Cape Verde
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Boavista captured through our lenses