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CapeVerdeBreaks May 2nd, 2006 01:34 PM

Looking for peoples holiday experiences in Cape Verde
Hi, I am making a new page on my website as a kind of travel guide, with great places to visit, restaurants, travel tips, and anything else you would love people to know about. I would be really grateful for any information people could give me.

Thanks a lot


Roccco May 2nd, 2006 02:16 PM

Spent an hour with my carry on luggage on my lap, got sprayed down by what smelled like bug repellent and had my sleep interrupted. Don't think I will go back! ;)

sandi May 3rd, 2006 04:30 AM

Unless someone is specifically deplaning and staying in Cape Verde, you'll find those flying from the States to South Africa only stop here. The stop is maybe 1-hr in the dark of night and then off again. Have no idea even what the airport looks like.

LyndaS May 3rd, 2006 10:02 AM

I spent a day in Cape Verde - I loved it.
Under the gun (again - still)today for time, buried under work at the moment -but, I did post a short synopsis for a cruiser who was going there about a month ago on this board - here is a copy of my response to that person:

"We docked in Mindelo, on St. Vincent in Cape Verde Islands for a day in spring 2003. We enjoyed this stop. Prior to going, a few people I knew who had been there (very few) said this would be a good day to stay on the ship, but I am glad we didn't. There's not much there, but that never stops us. We took the shuttle into town and walked around. Our mission was to find local beer, and an internet cafe to get away from the 1.00/min charge the ship charged, and as we had been at sea for 7 straight days (coming up from Namibia), and as much as we loved that, we needed to walk on land again. We found both - with the help of an enterprising young man named Manny who said he would 'take us on a walking tour'. He approached us in the local market (big market, neat stuff - mostly food, but neat), and we thought 'why not?' He took us to a store to buy the local beer - Coral beer - (DH has to always sample the local beer). The store owner told us Manny was a crook, but, hey, we thought he was OK! Then, he took us through the market, telling us what was what and introduced us to some of the local sellers. He showed us the old presidential palace, but now a Municipal Hall as they don't have a president anymore, since independence. Told us some good juicy gossip stories about life before independence - he spoke excellent English, he had grown up on Long Island. Then, he showed us the internet cafe, collected the money I offerred him for his little tour and we spent the rest of the afternoon waiting in line for a computer at the cafe - seems no one on that ship wanted to pay the 1.00/min! They were just 'reconstructing' the cafe (which only had cold beer & pop in a cooler and 4 computers) so we amused ourselves by watching how Cape Verdians 'reconstruct'. That is until we got to the part where they were arc welding with just their sunglasses on! (we looked away for that!)
And that was about it!
If you are into photos, take some photos of the island from the ship as it's coming in to dock, it's very pretty - looks desolate, but the colours on the buildings on the mountainside are quite striking against this backdrop."

If you need more info, please feel free to ask me!

sandi May 3rd, 2006 10:25 AM

Lynda -

What a surprise!

cybor May 3rd, 2006 10:41 AM

A real hellcat, she is :) ! There is indeed, another side to our well organized gal.
Aren't you finished yet, Lynda? e me when you come up for air.

johan_belgium May 3rd, 2006 11:01 AM


I spent two weeks at Cabo Verde in June 2002.

I am quite busy at the moment, I will give you a detailed answer after I am back from Botswana/South Africa in early June.



CapeVerdeBreaks May 3rd, 2006 11:32 AM

thanks for all the posts people, i shall contact some of you soon to squeeze some more info out of you.

CapeVerdeBreaks May 7th, 2006 02:25 AM

Has anyone got any pictures or information they would like to donate to my website. Thanks

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