- Rent a 4WD if possible, as smaller Cape Verde roads are often cobbled or little more than tracks. Santiago, Fogo and, strangely, São Nicolau have the most complete main-road networks, but even so many spots are only accessible using a 4x4.
- Try to finalise your Cape Verde car hire before 10.30am. Otherwise you might find the agency representative has gone home for a siesta!
- Impromptu roadblocks to check driving licences aren’t uncommon: have yours to hand at all times. Left it at the hotel? That’ll be a small fine, thank you very much. Ditto if you have a child under 12 in the front seat, or aren’t wearing a seatbelt.
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