Also referred to as Cape Verde, Cabo Verde is the most westernized country in Africa. This island country attracts tourists with its 10 volcanic islands and the opportunity for one-of-a-kind hikes through valleys, mountains and other types of terrain.
The islands are divided into two groups: the Barlavento islands and the Sotavento islands. Santiago is the largest of the 10 islands and is also home to the country’s capital city, Praia; however, the cultural capital of the islands, and the one with the best social scene, is Mindelo, found on the island São Vicente. Regardless of which island you plan to explore, having travel insurance allows you to focus on what is most important – enjoying your vacation!
Important information for travel to Cabo Verde
All Canadians planning to travel to Cabo Verde must have a passport that is valid for at least six months past their departure date. All travellers must also obtain a visa to enter the country.
For your safety, do not show signs of affluence and travel in groups when possible, especially after dark. Petty crime occurs regularly, so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you go swimming, be conscious of strong currents and waves.
Volcanic activity is possible on the islands. If a threat occurs, check local media reports regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.
The local currency is the Cabo Verde escudo (CVE). Some hotels and restaurants in the country’s capital will convert US dollars and euros to local currency, and some hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards. The official language is Portuguese, but Creole is commonly spoken by locals.
What to do on Cabo Verde
Cabo Verde is famous for kiteboarding, wave sailing and island hopping. Each island offers unique experiences, such as diving, water sports, hiking, whale-watching excursions and spas.
If you prefer to spend your time relaxing, visit Boa Vista and its great white sand beaches, and if you are into music, art and culture, spend your time in São Vicente. If you are looking for adventure, consider visiting Sal to see its salt mines, which were built in dormant volcanoes, and to take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride in a real submarine as you tour the area.
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|Population (2012):||494,401||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Currency:||Cape Verdean escudo|
|Diesel (2012):||1.58||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||2.30||1.23 (2013)|