Cabo Verde - getting around

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1. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 630 posts) 29w Star this if you like it!

We're heading to Santiago in the Cape Verde Islands next month for some winter sun. But we're not beachy people, so we're keen to get around and see something of the island. Guided tours aren't really our thing if avoidable, so can anyone advise me on how easy it is to get a car and driver for a day or half day and what sort of prices they might charge?

2. Posted by Gurt (Full Member 65 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Hi there! You easily can drive yourself at the island! Except foor Praia city the roads are not crowded at all. Do mind of speed stoppers without any sign so keep your eyes on the road.
I strongly advise that you make a car rental reservation before leaving. Hertz has a small office at the airport. We paid 80 euro/day for a 4W Daihatsu Terios.
Praia is not worthwhile and even not safe in certain area's. The other parts of the island are beautiful and safe. We drove for 1 week and in the villages we took people in our car to bring them a bit further on.
If you do want to stay in Praia, consider Pestana Tropico hotel. Hertz is there too. If you have more questions (we did in total 7 islands) don't hesitate to contact me directly!

3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 630 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Gurt, but we actually got back from Cape Verde last Friday! We stayed in Praia (the Pergola) and I liked the old city a lot. We saw quite a bit of Santiago but with a guide and driver. We also stayed a couple of nights on Sal but I was less impressed with that island, though perhaps we didn't do it justice - we really only stayed there because flight times necessitated it.

4. Posted by Gurt (Full Member 65 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Sorry that I was late for my reply. Sal and Boavista are(far) less beautiful and heading for mass tourism.
If you want to see the most beautiful islands - in my view - then next time go for Sao Nicolau and Santa Antao. If you like beaches, sand and waves go for Maio island.
If you need further info of course you can contact me again.

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 630 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Gurt

Sorry that I was late for my reply. Sal and Boavista are(far) less beautiful and heading for mass tourism.
If you want to see the most beautiful islands - in my view - then next time go for Sao Nicolau and Santa Antao. If you like beaches, sand and waves go for Maio island.
If you need further info of course you can contact me again.

Yes, we wanted to go to Sao Nicolau to be honest, but for various reasons had left it very late to book and as it was carnival week everywhere was booked up. Another time!