DISCOVERING THE ‘AFRICAN CARIBBEAN’

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BOA VISTA, CAPE VERDE

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you will probably know that I have been on holiday! Now, you may not have heard of Cape Verde before, and to be honest I don’t blame you because I hadn’t heard of it before this year either. But after spending a dream 10 days on the island of Boa Vista with my boyfriend, brother and his girlfriend, I can confirm that it definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. Here’s why…

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Cape Verde, also known as Cabo Verde, is a small archipelago nation – hehe look at me using big words – located just off of the west coast of Africa. The islands that make up this former Portuguese colony offer spearmint blue waters, picture perfect beaches and stunning rock-strewn landscapes, thanks to their volcanic origin. On top of all that, it boasts a near perfect year-round climate with little temperature variation between 24˚C and 30˚C. I guess that’s why it’s often referred to as the ‘African Caribbean’!

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I stayed at the luxury all-inclusive resort RIU Karamboa, which is on the island of Boa Vista. As you near the island’s miniscule airport for landing, you can see the hotel out of the aeroplane window, sitting in the dessert coastline like a little sandcastle. It really is something. The landscape just outside of the resort however is very flat and hard, almost what I’d imagine the moon to look like. But fear not as this doesn’t detract from its spectacular beaches and hidden pockets of beauty. On that note, remember it’s situated in the Atlantic Ocean, so expect high waves.

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The staff at RIU Karamboa are some of the happiest and friendliest people I’ve come across – and they are always ready to party! Boa Vista is rich in culture, and traditional African Funaná dancing was popular amongst the pool bar staff and the entertainment team alike. Think Rihanna or Beyoncé music videos full of twerking, booty shaking and just general sassiness… it was so uplifting and created a really fun atmosphere around the hotel. I seriously envied their dancing abilities (I’m not even sure my body is capable of moving like that with such rhythm), but as a tourist you’ll get plenty of offers to join in if you’re brave enough!

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Empty turtle nest 😦
There is a lot to see and do in Boa Vista if you can drag yourself off your sunbed! We went on an afternoon quad biking trip, which took us around the tiny island and to the famous Santa Maria shipwreck. Cape Verde is also one of the world’s most popular nesting areas for loggerhead turtles, and there are opportunities to go on excursions to see them if you’re lucky. Unfortunately, our visit was just out of season for this.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I booked this trip to Cape Verde back in January, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Have you been to Cape Verde? If so, I’d love to hear about some of your highlights! 

Aimee xoxo

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