Boa Vista (Cape Verde)
Island of Boa Vista
The island of Boa Vista has a surface of 620 Km2 and it is the third largest island of the Archipelago Cape Verde. Similarly to the island of Sal, it is flat. The Peak of Estância is the highest point of the island measuring about 390 metres. It is covered with white sand dunes. Oases of date palms are found here and there, and are the typical vegetation of the island. Boa Vista has 55 Km of white sand beaches and crystal clear water.
This island considered to be the birth place of Morna, one of the main musical genres of the country, went through some economic improvement only in the beginning of the 17th century when great amount of salt were found in it. At that time, salt was already sold in the island of Maio. Before the discovery of this product, the island's economy was based on cattle breeding, just like the other arid islands of the Archipelago Cape Verde, which had little or no water available.