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Cape Verde Property Area Guide: Boa Vista Island

The Cape Verde islands offer the visitor a wide range of landscapes and activities in a largely fabulous climate, but if it is beaches that do it for you then three of the islands are particularly recommended – Maio, Sal, and gorgeous Boa Vista.

The 55 kilometres of beaches fringing Boa Vista are of the expansive, picture postcard, sugar-white sand variety, lapped by the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The climate - influenced by winds from the Sahara Desert - coupled with soft Atlantic breezes makes for perfect beach and watersports conditions, and so Boa Vista has become something of a Mecca for those that find it hard to tear themselves from the beach or out of the sea! Scuba diving and snorkelling, sailing, surfing, kayaking, sea fishing and windsurfing are all available and hugely popular on the gorgeous beaches of Boa Vista. Most of the beaches are lovely on this island, but if you’re looking for particularly impressive strips of sand, head straight for Curralinho Beach or Chave Beach.

Part of the north group of islands (collectively known as Barlavento), Boa Vista is a compact 240 square miles in size and, although not by a great distance, is the closest to the West African coast. It’s very easy to see all you need to here by hiring a car or a local aluguer – a small truck equipped with seats. Many prefer the latter option, as it allows full views of the local sights as the cooling wind rushes through your hair.

One feature of Boa Vista you will encounter plenty of on such an excursion is the sand dunes, as there are a great many of them in the interior, all beautifully sculptured by those hot Sahara winds. Taking circular walks around the dunes from Boa Vista’s quiet port town capital of Sal Rei is a very popular activity for visitors, as they can offer some wondrous views.

It seems that Boa Vista, like much of Cape Verde, is only now starting to be recognised by the world at large as a great holiday destination, and this is leading to a slow and steady development on the island to cater for gradually increasing demand. Cape Verde is starting to open up at last, presenting exciting opportunities for holidaymaker and property investor alike. Boa Vista is one of the Cape Verde islands on which the construction of new property developments is underway, and it is a certainty that this is very good news for the Cape Verdean economy.

Property for sale in Cape Verde is currently available off-plan, and at extremely cheap prices compared with many other overseas property markets. It could be that you have been considering investment in overseas property for some time – maybe as a holiday home, somewhere to retire to or simply as an investment with intent to rent – but perhaps you have been unsure where to buy, and have been looking for something a little different? Cape Verde is an emerging market offering all sorts of possibilities, and with property so cheap at present, it is a territory that should be considered very seriously as regards investing in your dream home. Cape Verde property is of an excellent standard, and will soon be in very high demand – so do not delay that decision for very much longer!

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