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With its beach resorts and growing crop of slickly run international-group hotels, the main tourist island of Sal is where most of Cape Verde’s best hotels are based. The vast bulk of visitors head to the south of the island, basing themselves around the tourist village of Santa Maria and focusing on the huge, heavenly and still-spacious beach.

Santa Maria is also decidedly the place if you’re looking for a luxury Cape Verde residence; check out its new, five-star Sensimar Cabo Verde or the independent Hotel Morabeza. Sal is also home to many cheap Cape Verde hotels. But families may prefer Cape Verde’s all-inclusive resorts, such as the Melia Tortuga Beach Resort.

While less developed, Boa Vista offers a similar range of accommodation options to Sal. Most of its best-established beach hotels are found in the southwest near Curralinho or Curral Velho’s gorgeous shores, while the island’s major settlement Sal Rei also boasts some excellent waterside resorts and apartments.

Resort in Sal

Emptier and less developed than Sal, Boa Vista nonetheless has a number of luxury and all-inclusive Cape Verde hotels – most glamorously in the form of the five-star Hotel Riu Touareg, a resort located close to its southern tip.

Other choices include bijou beach hotels upscale eco-lodges that can only be reached by foot or by 4x4. Think hammocks, homemade jams, lush gardens and limitless serenity.

Travel Information

Language

Portuguese

Currency

Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)

Average flight time(from London)

6 hrs

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