Boa Vista, which is Portuguese for 'Good View' is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches on the Cape Verde archipelago, covering a staggering 55km. Most of the accommodations are generously spread out of the West Coast beach spreading out from the town of Sal Rai over a 10km stretch. It is very important when booking a holiday in Boa Vista to get the right hotel close to the right windsurf location. This is where we come in as if you book with Planet we will ensure you get the best location. We also have exclusive access to the most professional and best located windsurf school on the island.
The Island of Boa Vista has amazing variety of water conditions from buttery flat spot (perfect for beginner and improvers) to amazing clean waves in other areas a perfect introduction to wave riding. Planet have exclusively partnered with 2 excellent Windsurf centres in Boa Vista offering instruction and rental services depending on your level and chosen accommodation.
Nightlife here is very low key and quiet with just a scattering of local restaurants and beach bars playing live music; a perfect place to chill out after a hard day on the water!
"Stunning beaches, lovely people... just a great place. Get there before everyone else finds out!"
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I have been to Boa Vista in Cape Verde 3 times now and I plan to go back again when I get the chance. It is very hard these days to find such a beautiful location away from any mass tourism but yet so easy to get too. In a way I feel like we should not be promoting this special island too much in case it gets spoilt but it is just too good to keep to ourselves!
There are 2 main windsurf spots on Boa Vista, both with cross off shore wind conditions making the water smooth and flat no matter how strong the wind gets.
Flat Water Spot – close to the town of Sal Rei there is our main Planet Windurf Centre in Boa Vista with a good range of the newest Fanatic boards and North Sails. This spot is protected by a small island which blocks the waves that are found everywhere else on the island and ensures no shore break. The water in this area between the centre and the Island (around 1 km) is also quite shallow , between 1 – 2 meters depending on the tide, so it is really perfect for beginners and improvers.
Wave Spot – there are many wave spots around the island but the main area is based at the Boa Vista Iberostar Hotel. Although there is no fixed center at this stunning beach Planet can arrange for equipment to be made available at the watersports centre as a special arrangement. We can also make a windsurf instructor available for advanced windsurf lessons.
Other Spots – there are at least 4 other amazing wave spots around the islands between 1 to 2 hours drive from the hotels. Planet can provide the use of a local expert spot guide with 4x4 pick-up to take you and your gear to the best location each day depending on your level (including a local knowledge secret spot!). Please ask for more details on this are the time of booking enquiry. This service is also great for groups.
Boa Vista windy season is caused when the northern trade winds drop to the southern hemisphere, making Boa Vista a very windy place between October and April. The Cape Verde Islands have the wind which leaves the Canary islands like Fuerteventura for the winter, which is why their seasons are opposite.
Despite the Island being deep in the Atlantic ocean the water is actually quite warm so 3mm shorty is al that is needed, especially in the shallow flat water spot which tends to be warmer than the wave sports
The nightlife in Boa Vista revolves mainly around listening to live music, dining out, and relaxing in bars. The night scene is pretty relaxed as the island is not very developed. Dining out in the evening, you can expect to pay between £13 - £20 for a three course meal with wine. Many restaurants serve fantastic fresh seafood, along with other local specialities.