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Sao Vicente

Listed under Islands in Cape Verde.

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  • Salamansa beach
  • Praia Grande
  • Flying fish
  • Fishing- locals job
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Great kiting and lots of fun things to do afterwards. Sao Vicente is one of the Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and Brazil. It is a small island with much beautiful scenery and is home to the cultural capital of the islands: Mindelo.

Island of carnivals, festivals and moving night life, Sao Vicente is a permanent show where music - that express so many meanings and feelings in Cape Verde - is a part of the local way of life. The sceneries of Sao Vicente are breathtaking with steep, volcanic and table-top type mountains, wide valleys and spectacular beaches, all within short driving time of Mindelo. The land is dry most of the year with a short rainy season during August and September. A short hop on the boat will take you to the neighbouring island of Santo Antao which, in stark contrast to Sao Vicente, has an evident presence of water. The island is green and has steep, high mountains, narrow gorges, waterfalls and valleys with lush vegetation.

The great conditions for kiting will draw you back to Sao Vicente.

Sao Vicente benefits of consistent trade winds during the October – July period. The safest beach for learning is Salamansa, a kiting location with a big empty sandy beach bay, warm water and near-perfect* wind. Alternatively if you are up for more radical conditions try the waves of Sandy Beach with a world class right, hollow point break.

For most of us flying to Sao Vicente is by indirect flight. International flights arrive from Lisbon (TAP and TACV) and national flights arrive from Praia and Sal. The national airline TACV offers reasonable airfares from Boston, Fortaleza and various cities in Europe to Praia and Sal and does not charge for the onward flight to Sao Vicente.

Written by  Ola Markowska.

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