On CapeVerdeIslands.org you find inspiring articles and experiences. We regularly receive different types of questions about Cape Verde. We would like to share these questions and answers with you. Below is a selection of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s). Is your question not listed? Or is it still not clear after reading the answer? Leave a comment at the end of this page. We or other visitors of this site will try to answer your question as best as possible.
1. Do you need a visa to Cape Verde?
This depends where you are coming from. In most cases you need at least a tourist visa to visit the Cape Verde Islands. You can pick up this visa at the consulate or embassy in your own country. It is more convenient just to get it at one of the airports in Cape Verde (you only have to wait a little longer). For customs control you then have your visa. Bear in mind that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon return. A visa is also required for minors (under 18 years).
2. Which vaccination are compulsory?
For any country where you are going on holiday you should take precautions to protect your health. Certain standard vaccinations can protect you against certain inflammatory diseases. Always consult (GP) doctor for advice. More preliminary information on recommended vaccinations for your trip to the Cape Verde Islands can be found on the page Vaccinations Cape Verde.
3. In what currency do they pay in Cape Verde?
In Cape Verde they pay with the Cape Verde Escudo (CVE). This follows the currency exchange rate of the Euro. For 1 Euro you get about 110 CVE. ATM’s are available, but of course not at almost every corner of the street. With a credit card it is often possible to pay at many places.
4. What is the weather at the Cape Verde islands in the winter months (November – March)?
The best time to travel is from September to June. The climate is then perfect. In the winter months the temperature is between 25 and 30 degrees and it feels very pleasant with the wind.
5. What are the best surf spots?
Cape Verde is a paradise for surfing (surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing). There is an abundance of good surf spots available for both beginners and advanced surfers. Despite the fact that on each island can be surfed, our top surf islands are Sal, Boavista and Sao Vicente. On the island of Sal even wind surfing and kite surfing world championships were held.
6. Can I dive on the Cape Verde Islands?
Yes, because of the location of the Cape Verde islands and the sea currents there is a unique diversity of marine life. There are many diving sites and professional diving facilities. You may see colorful schools of fish, dolphins, a turtle, stingray, hammerhead sharks (not dangerous) and other special fish during an impressive dive. In short, Cape Verde is an excellent place for diving.
7. Is there wifi in Cape Verde?
Internet is of course available on the islands. In most accommodations, restaurants and bars a wifi connection is offered. In the public area there is also free wifi available in some central locations. You will also see locals there using this free facility.
8. Can you eay vegetarian food?
Yes, vegetarian food is usually on the menu of restaurants. Fish comes directly from the ocean and is even for non- lovers a must to try. Furthermore, there are dishes such as vegetable lasagna, vegetable dumplings, mushroom risotto, curries, pastas, vegetable dishes and more. So, plenty of choice.
9. Can I withdraw cash from a cashpoint during holidays to Cape Verde?
Yes, there are a number of ATM’s. In many restaurants and shops you can pay with your credit card (Mastercard and Visa).
10. What is your favorite island of the Cape Verde archipelago?
This is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Cape Verde is a country with 10 unique destinations. Each island has its own character. Cape Verde is known for the beautiful beaches that you can experience for example on Sal, Maio and Bovista. But the archipelago has so much more to offer than beaches. Think of the mountains and tropical forest on the islands of Santo Antao and Sao Vicente. Dive into history on the island of Santiago, where the origin of the Cape Verde Islands began. Or climb the magical volcano on Fogo. The variety and different types of activities you can do make a choice between the islands almost impossible. If you have the possibility, we recommend you to visit various islands. This will certainly be an enrichment.
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