Boa Vista for Christmas

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Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:20 pm

Anyone ever been there over the Christmas period? I'll be going with my non kiting girlfriend so any tips on activities or hotels that would be good for her would be much appreciated.
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Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:54 pm

I can't speak for Boa Vista but I did go to Sal, Santa Maria in December 2012 and March 2013

Both times there was wind almost every day (think both times there was no wind on the 1st day), water was warm - rashie and shorts, 9 or 12 meter, wind started early and lasted till evening.

I really liked Cape Verde but if you do not like kitesurfing, windsurfing, swimming, diving, beaches, sunbathing or drinking then there is little else to do!
If GF is happy to chill on the beach and catch some rays then the beaches are really nice and the hot weather means she wont be driven off the beach.

There are quad/ 4x4 trips around the island but I think Boa Vista has even less than Sal to see. Sal / Santa Maria has more going on than Boa Vista from what I can tell.

Either way Its a great place close by to spend some hot, sunny, windy days on a beach in December.
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Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:09 pm

I've been to Boa a few times. Great for kiting but not so good for non-kiters. Riu Tuareg in the South of the island is closest to one of the best / windiest spots (Ervatao), but the hotel is isolated with not much other than swim / sunbathe / drink to do for a non-kiter. Mind you, that's what 99% of the people are there for.

The Riu Karamboa on the west coast is nearer to the 'capital' - Sal Rei. There are some good beach bars 30 minutes walk North of the Karamboa. You can kite in front of the beach bars although it is slightly offshore. There is SUP hire at the beach bars.

You need a 4wd to get to most of the good spots for kiting on the island.

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Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:38 pm

James give me a call :wink:
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Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:19 pm

Hi sorry for the thread hijack - I went to Sal a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. We are thinking of going again if we can get a cheap flight but wondered how Boa Vista compares? On Sal it was just a $5 jeep ride to the beach each day but it sounds like on Boa you must travel much further. How much would we have to factor in for jeep hire/lift?

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Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:30 pm

Ouch! Boa Vista for a non kiter?! What were you thinking?! That'll give you a dilemma... If she hasn't walked out on you in 24 hours of arrival it means she really, really loves you....but on the flip side... if she's still there and happy... it means she's a rather dull person! Kiting is good, so you may not care.
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:14 pm

Yes, I did Christmas there with the family, lucky with the hotel, Riu Cambuco or something, it had a club so the girls were OK. I'd go back, the food was very good and it was clean and pretty new at the time.

The wind wasn't that brill, I got out 6 of the 12 days I was there, and most of the time a massive shore dump made launching tricky and there was a wind shadow in front of the hotel, had a scary experience following the kite going down and not coming up again whilst I watched the fishermen reeling in Tiger Sharks in a blood frenzy not 500 mtrs away from where I was packing down ready for the big swim.

There was also a kind of a lagoon just up from the hotel for a tune up ride to check you had enough wind to take on the shore dump, i spent a couple of days on that on the lighter days when i couldn't get on the sea but didn't want to just lounge around.

Not much on the island (that's a good thing with wimmen in tow, they can't spend money on anything)but I liked the whole desert feel, no bugs or mozzies to speak of.
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