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It is no wonder that in 2011 Lonely Planet named Cabo Verde one of its top ten travel destinations; National Geographic Traveler Magazine included Cabo Verde on its 2014 Best of the World list; National Geographic Magazine cited Cape Verde as one of 21 “must-see tourist destinations” in 2014; and Ethical Traveler named it one of its Ten Best Ethical Destinations for 2014 and 2015!

Cabo Verde at a Glance

  • Official Name: Republic of Cape Verde
    Country Calling Code: +238
    Time: GMT – 1 (currently 3 hours ahead of EST)
    Capital City: Praia on the island Sao Tiago (Santiago)
    Government: Democratic Parliamentary
    Economy: The economy is service-oriented, with commerce, transport, and public services accounting for almost 70% of the GDP (including tourism which accounts for 21.1% of the GDP). Agriculture accounts for 9.2%, fishing accounts for 1.5%
    Currency: Cape Verdean escudo
    Exchange rate: $1 USD = 97 Cabo Verdean Escudos (June 2017)
    Geography: Location: Group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 310 miles from the west coast of Africa (Senegal)
    Area: Approximately 1,500 sq. miles
    Terrain: Rugged volcanic islands
    Climate: Tropical dry, with two seasons. Dry season: November to July, tempered by trade winds. Rainy season: August to October. Daily temperatures range from 76 to 84 F. Note that since the sun seems to always shine it always feels warmer than the actual temperature, especially during the humid rain season (August through mid-October).
    Population: approximately 500,000
    Life expectancy at birth: 74 years
    Infant mortality rate: .03%
    History: Previously uninhabited, the islands were discovered by Italian and Portuguese navigators in 1456, then settled by the Portuguese who later brought enslaved West Africans to Cape Verde. Positioned on the great trade routes between Africa, Europe, and the New World, the islands became a prosperous center for the slave trade but suffered economic decline after the slave trade was abolished in 1876. In the 20th century, Cape Verde served as a shipping port. In 1951, Cape Verde’s status changed from a Portuguese colony to an overseas province, and in 1961 the inhabitants became full Portuguese citizens. An independence movement led by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) was founded in 1956. Following the 1974 coup in Portugal, after which Portugal began abandoning its colonial empire, the islands became independent (July 5, 1975).
    People: Nationality: Cape Verdean(s). Ethnic groups: Creole (mixed African and Portuguese) 71%, African 28%, European 1%
    Religions: Roman Catholic 77%, Christian Rationalism 1.9%, Islam 1.8%, Nazarene 1.7%, Non Religious 10%, Other 7.6%
    Languages: Portuguese (official); Krioulo (or Criolu or Creole – a blend of Creole Portuguese and West African languages). Everyone speaks Caboverdean Kriolu though the specific dialect can vary depending on the speaker’s island/area of origin; almost all speak or at least understand the official language of Portuguese; a handful speak English, French and even German; and if you speak Spanish it will get you far as there is a lot of overlap with Portuguese.
    Literacy rates: 84% among adults, 98% among youth
    Electricity supply: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round, European two-pin sockets

Why Cabo Verde? Well for a million reasons or more, but in the sake of modesty (wink) and brevity, here are our top 10:

1

FUN – In Cabo Verde, it is always a party! Whether at one of the frequent festivals or simply at a small, open-air lounge with live music, the atmosphere in Cabo Verde is always electric. Even the grocery stores blast the bass heavy and rhythmic zouk for your shopping pleasure. You can’t beat that!

2

MORABEZA – Caboverdeanos are so gracious that their language of Creole actually includes its own original word, morabeza, for the warmth and hospitality they extend.

3

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION – Perfectly poised off the West Coast of Africa, Cabo Verde is easily accessible from the U.S., the Caribbean, South America, Europe and mainland Africa. And to think you can fly directly to Africa in 2-7 hours?! It does not get more convenient than that.

4

LANDSCAPE RICH WITH DIVERSITY – In Cabo Verde, you can find everything from mountain ranges and verdant oases, miles and miles of rocky terrain and sand dunes, long beaches of endless white sand and beaches of black volcanic ash. The range is dramatic and breathtaking.

5

MELODIC MUSIC – For such a tiny country, Cabo Verde is bursting with beautiful music of varied genres: coladeira, funana, zouk, mazurka, cola San Juan and of course morna that was brought to the world’s attention by the late “Barefoot Diva,” Cesaria Evora.

6

MOST DELIGHTFUL MEDLEY – Cabo Verde is the very best of African tradition, island culture and Portuguese flavor all rolled into one country. Whether in the countryside where women still don traditional head wraps and carry baskets on their heads, or in any city or town with its pastel colored colonial buildings, you will always be reminded of the fusion of Cabo Verde’s past and present.

7

ROBUST CUISINE – The result of a marriage between African and Portuguese cuisine, traditional Caboverdean food features a wide array of savory dishes, especially ones that contain seafood, as it is fresh and abundant in Cabo Verde. The most popular dish is cachupa – a combination of hominy, beans, meats or fish and vegetables that no one can resist.

8

SENSATIONAL WEATHER – Cabo Verde is blessed with year-round sunshine and minimal rainfall. Even in the so-called rain season from mid-August to mid-October, weeks can go by without any significant rain. Cabo Verde enjoys temperatures that average between 78 and 86°F.

9

SAFETY & STABILITY – Since its independence from Portugal in 1975, Cabo Verde has enjoyed a politically stable democracy and an environment low in crime.

10

ECO-FRIENDLY – Cabo Verde is emerging as quite the leader amongst its African peers in the production of green, sustainable energy.