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Desert by the Ocean: Boa Vista Island

Hello everyone! Well, I just got back from a week long conference in Cape Verde. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this little island country, it is located off the coast of Senegal and Mauritania in West Africa. it is an archipelago comprised of 10 islands. The main language is Portuguese due to the fact that the islands were colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century. I had the opportunity to visit Sal and Boa Vista- both known for their beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts.  Flights to Boa Vista are limited- and it is difficult to get to this little island. In all, it took me five flights from Stuttgart to fly into Boa Vista, plus a one-night layover.

Utimate Relaxation: Boa Vista Island

Due to flight schedules, I ended up spending an overnight on the way there and a full day on the way back. I had no issues getting a taxi from the airport and I stayed in a little hotel in the center of the main city of Santa Maria. Santa Maria is located at the very southern end of the island and is the main tourist destination on this island. As I was driving to the hotel I noticed how there was literally nothing along the way. Just desert like areas- completely barren of infrastructure or development. Santa Maria was a cute little beach town. The beaches were very nice and there was quite a lot of European tourists. I also had the opportunity to visit the salt evaporation ponds. Apparently, the salt is very good for your skin and it was very fun to be almost

Salt Evaporation ponds, Sal Island

completely buoyant!

I spent the rest of the week on the island of Boa Vista- which is the main resort destination in Cape Verde. The beaches are incredible and unlike ones I have ever seen. The sandy Viana desert is located along the ocean- a sight very unusual for me. The ocean was pretty warm and there are many water activities available. There are three main resorts and a few smaller hotels. The majority of the resorts are all inclusive and there really is no need to leave them. I am sure they intended it to be this way because on one side of the hotel is the ocean and the other side is the desert, with absolutely nothing to do or see. I imagine families come here because they like the exclusivity of this island. If you are the type of person that loves to lay by the beach or pool all day, then this is the place for you. The locals are very friendly and both Sal and Boa Vista were very safe. I recommend  hiring a guide for a day tour of either islands. Renting a car and driving is possible, but it is difficult to find the really interesting places due to limited road and street signs. However, all major roads are paved and it is easy to navigate. Additionally, the Euro is accepted on all the islands- so no need to change anything into the local currency. All in all, Cape Verde is a very interesting and friendly place to visit. If you are looking for a truly relaxed getaway, then this might be your place. Again, flights are difficult into Boa Vista but one look at the beaches and you will be glad you took the time to get there. Until next time, travel well and travel often my friends.

Ultimate Relaxation: Boa Vista Island