If you thought the Caribbean was a one-off, think again. There’s another collection of islands hot on its heels - Cape Verde. This cluster of nine sits pretty in the Atlantic, mid-way between Africa and South America. Cape Verde has everything the Caribbean has by way of beaches and has even got colonial roots too, mixing up Portuguese, Brazilian and African touches. But there’s one important difference – these up-and-coming isles are almost untouched by tourism. So what you get here’s the Caribbean of yesteryear. Now, of all the Cape Verde Islands, Boa Vista’s got the best beaches. Its shoreline runs the gamut from small, rocky bays to big, empty sweeps of sand laced with raffia-roofed beach bars. The desert-island feel extends into Boa Vista’s interior, too. Here, wind-sculpted dunes give way to ice-cream coloured villages and volcanic hillsides. And then there’s the sea to think about. Boa Vista’s waters offer the perfect conditions for daredevil kite and windsurfers while under the surface, snorkellers and divers can gaze wide-eyed at a carnival of marine life. Back on dry land, life tends to revolve around Sal Rei. Laced with cobbled roads, makeshift shops and pastel-coloured cottages, this cutesy town’s got an earthy, easy-going charm that’s hard to resist. So if you’re looking for the ‘new’ Caribbean, check out Cape Verde. It’s the paradise destination du jour.
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Written on 01/10/2010, Anonymous said...
Just got back from a fortnight in Boa Vista, and what a great resort. The food was the best we've ever had on all inc and the staff were a credit to themselves and Thomson. Nothing was a bother to .them and whatever you asked for was brought with... more on this review
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