Beaches in Cape Verde

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Beaches in Cape Verde

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  • Kiko Brazao
    Manchester, UK114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have been around the world, but Santa Maria will forever be in our hearts, one of the best places we ever visited and went back 3 times already, there's nothing else I can say! EXCELENTE, the most friendly people we ever met, delicious and fresh food, stunning sandy beaches...No Stress is the moto on the island and you can find it written all over the place including on their National football team shirt. Simple the best
    Written June 8, 2024
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  • StevenBerlin
    Chino Hills, CA685 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Monica Beach pretty much has everything from the long pier to the nice sand and water to the 3rd Street Promenade. A great day in great weather.

    I love walking along the water edge, but I usually don't swim in the ocean. Most people go in, and it's gets crowded. Make sure to get there early. Parking can be difficult.
    Written June 26, 2024
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  • Jenny M
    Wendover, UK60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having read the reviews before we went we were a bit dubious as previously we had stayed at the Rui Touareg on the south of the Island which was very good but so much bigger and more like a factory!

    This hotel is much smaller and Italian run so most of the people were Portuguese, Italian or German. English is definitely not the second language.

    We could not fault it at all. In fact although I would not rate it as 5 star, it was clean, very friendly and the food and scenery were fantastic.

    We paid extra for a sea view which was well worth it and amazing to sit and watch the sunset on the balcony with a G&T .

    People complained about the distance to the restaurant but we were almost the furthest block and it was about a 3 minute walk. The Rui hotels on the Island are far bigger and our walk last year was at least 10 minutes. It is not really suitable if you can’t do stairs or slopes .

    The restaurant had themed evenings, canapés were served outside with live music each night outside the restaurant.
    There was always plenty of choice and also an Al a carte restaurant which you paid extra for but we never felt the need to use.

    There was always a sun bed on the beach or beside the pool available despite it being half term week.

    For €12 each you can use the spa for 2 hours where they have a swim up pool which goes outside, a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. We spent a couple of hours there and were the only ones!

    The little boutique shops around the complex were good to look around too and cheaper than the stalls on the beach.

    About half a mile to the right along the beach beside the chimney was an amazing bar and restaurant which we used a few times. You can rent a sun bed there for €2.50 for the day. They do fantastic cocktails & food and generally when it was very windy on the hotel beach we would walk along and it was tucked.
    out of the wind.

    We will definitely recommend
    Written February 25, 2024
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  • Chris_KO
    Koblenz, Germany3,402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In my opinion, the beach is the most beautiful in the whole country. The beach is located in a large bay, there is white sand and lots of palm trees that provide shade, the water is clear and a few waves make for fun swimming. In addition, unlike the beaches in Sal and Mindelo, it is less windy. There are numerous bars and restaurants available for food. There is also a beach volleyball court and slacklines, and jet skis and pedal boats can be rented.
    Written March 31, 2024
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  • LCDW xoxo
    32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was really good!! We went through TUI and guided by Jordan, he was really great!! A biologist by back ground I think, very insightful!! Highly recommend.

    Don’t go off the beaten track, we saw people feeding the sharks and trying to touch them which you aren’t meant to do. They’re wild!

    Be very very carful. Very unsteady underfoot and slippery walking to the bay!!
    Written June 8, 2024
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  • Emma G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstandingly beautiful beach but please be aware of the strong waves even at knee height. I was washed off my feet and swirled around completely disoriented whilst only standing barely knew deep in the water (while flag was green therefore safe to swim).
    Written July 8, 2024
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  • James7787
    Derby, UK138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent beach white sand clear waters. The beach is vast, with a cafe at the far end of you need a drink. Local companies do tours to visit in quads or jeeps if you prefer
    Written November 15, 2023
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  • Chris_KO
    Koblenz, Germany3,402 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sandy beach with clean water right next to the ferry port. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented cheaply at the nearby Beach Club. Jetskis are also available at times. The very strong wind can affect the visit. It blows the sand across the beach and blows away everything that is not secured.
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • Titanic69
    Grantham, UK124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed the history of the area and how the wreck had changed over 50 years. Needs to be tidied and people to leave less rubbish.
    Written July 14, 2022
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  • Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
    Lisbon, Portugal3,753 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you you spend some hours on this beach during the week you'll not be disappointed but should you try it over the weekend and you might end up not having too much "space".
    Written July 10, 2018
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland28,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On our first day in Mindelo we took a taxi past the airport to the Foya Branca Resort. From there we started walking on a beautiful path in the cliffs above the sea towards the lighthouse of Ponta do Farol. After about 30 minutes - with the lighthouse not being far away anymore - we had to return due to a rock slip which had blocked the already narrow path (people with vertigo might stay away from the start).

    On our way back we could watch for quite some time a giant manta ray swimming on the surface of the sea. Next I felt like going for a swim. There were some waves, but not of the size, which would have inhibited me of going into the water. This was a mistake I was to regret later. I had been swimming for quite a while not too far from land, when suddenly a much bigger wave than all the previous ones built itself up next to me and tossed me around as if in a power washing machine.

    First I thought that my back was broken and was worried that I could not move my legs anymore, but luckily I just felt pain and managed to reach the shore, where my wife was waiting, who had been smart enough not to test the waves. With much difficulty I managed to walk on the sand towards the village of Sao Pedro, where we had given appointment with our taxi driver.
    Written December 22, 2016
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  • Scott G
    Washington DC, DC449 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My tour of the island stopped here; for a small fee you can go to the salt pan and swim/float around. I wore my bathing suit under my clothes; bring a towel. It's cool to feel yourself floating in the water, almost whether you wan to or not. The salt stays on you, leaving my suit with a fine layer of grit. It's a good experience suitable for people of most ages. Afterwards you can walk up a dirt "path" to the top of the mine and have a great view of the salt pans on one side and the desert on the other.
    Written January 22, 2020
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  • David D
    Devon, UK25,699 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunday 14th November and we visited the Southwestern side of the Island on our Quad Zone Tour.

    Travelling along the coast we visited a number of spectacular beaches and this one was no exception. It is located between Praia de Santa Monica and Praia Varadinho.

    We zipped across the amazing dunes ending up on the beach where we parked up. We clambered up and down the massive white sand dunes ending up at the sea with it's crystal clean water and crashing waves.

    We did stop briefly, again, at a viewpoint, from here we had a panoramic view along the beach, dunes, the ocean and mountainous background.

    There are no facilities on the beach, including sunloungers and umbrellas so it remains totally unspoilt, simply beautiful.
    Written January 6, 2022
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  • Damian120
    Galway, Ireland6,877 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a nice beach and is thankfully being kept clean. Water is practically lukewarm as February is a hot month in Praia. Use plenty of sunscreen.
    Written March 15, 2020
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  • janlilly
    London, United Kingdom92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A prefect beach to stroll along, unspoilt and pretty empty except for a few kite surfers! the sand is very soft.
    Written January 10, 2023
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