Cape Verde Trip Planner
Know Your Trip Budget for Your Dream Vacation to Cape Verde
More commonly known as the Cabo Verde, Cape Verde is a lovely country situated on the archipelago off the North-West coast of Africa. Its famous for its perfect amalgamation of the Portuguese and American culture and is one of the liveliest destinations in Africa. Your Cape Verde travel guide will not only feature of vibrant beaches but will also strongly propagate the traditional music which is known as the Morna music. The literacy levels here and the living standards are much higher as compared to the other regions in the vicinity. One of the best parts about this country is that it is arrow shaped and is definitely a gem of the Atlantic Ocean. An archipelago made up on 10 islands, there is never a dull moment to be experienced here.
The only way to be exempted from requiring a visa to Western Africa is if you are infact a holder of an African passport. If not, then you have to apply for a visa through the African embassy. The procedure is quite easy and the embassy is efficient, but it is advisable to obtain the visa a month or two in advance to avoid any last minute hassles. Just make sure, that your visa does not expire as there is a heavy fine in such a case.
When to go
The best time to visit Cape Verde is during the months of August to October. This is the rainy season but even so there is hardly any downpour during this time. June to October is amazing if you want to witness nation- wide turtle watching. During the months of February to May, there is whale watching going on. The cheapest time to visit is from February to April and this is also a great time for surfing.
Destinations to cover
The country is formed by 10 islands. Each island has different things to do in Cape Verde. Santo Antao offers various hiking opportunities. Sao Vincente has the capital of Mindelo. Santa Luzia is a perfect getaway for a day trip and it is inhabited. Sao Nicolau has lovely agriculture activities. Sal and Boa Vista are known for their lively beaches. Other places to include in your Cape Varde travel guide are maio, Santiago Island, Fogo and Brava.
Get in and around
Cape Verde has international airports on the islands of Sal, Santiago, Boa Vista and São Vicente. There are plenty of options from Europe, Africa and America. Other option to consider when you are thinking, how to reach Cape Verde is by boat. But these connections are very expensive. The internal islands are connected by flight and there are taxis as well as buses in the cities to get around.
Hotels and Food
There are plenty of accommodation options available in Cape Verde. Right from budget to mid-range and luxury accommodation, there are plenty of places to stay in. You will get budget accommodation in CVE 3,500. The luxury options can go up to CVE 10,000. Something as basic as a simple meal will cost you about CVE 400 and a beer can cost around CVE 120. Some of the dishes that you should definitely try out are Catchupa (a slow boiled stew of corn, beans, vegetables and marinated tuna); Canja ( rice served with thick chicken soup) and some authentic foods like Zimbrao, Goiabas, Marmelos, Tambarinas and Cocos.