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Boa Vista (Cape Verde)

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'''Boa Vista''' is the third largest island of the Archipelago [[Cape Verde]]. Similarly to the island of [[Sal]], it is flat, and has a surface of 620 Km2. The Peak of Estância is the highest point of the island measuring about 390 metresmeters. It is covered with white sand dunes, including the Deserto Viana which was (and still is being) formed by Saharan sand blowing over from mainland Africa. 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. Circa 20,000 people live on the island. In summary, fantastic beaches and hot sunshine - with some interesting culture and music and good food. The downside is the prices you'd expect of a developed country with the infrastructure of a low-income country.
Boa Vista is primarily a tourist destination with little other economy. Sal Rei is the largest town and the main place to stay other than major all-inclusive resorts.   This island considered to be the birth place birthplace 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 a great amount of salt were was 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. 
==Get in==
TUI Nordic
There are ferry Ferry services to/from the other islandsare not generally a viable option. Flights are available but do not go every day and are relatively expensive. They can be booked from travel agents in Sal Rei near the main square.
==Get around==
Car is the only main way to get around the island. There are few concrete roads, most being made of volcanic cobblestones. Many beaches are only reachable by off-road tracks (including Santa Monic and the ‘Shipwreck’). There are also few signposts. Organised excursions with your holiday provider will be using 4X4 Land Rovers or rugged coaches/minibuses. Otherwise, local taxis can be called upon - these are benches bolted onto the back of a pickup. A round trip to Sal Rei from the Riu Touareg will cost around 50€ or 5500 Cape Verde Escudos. Don't expect cheap travel - fuel costs are comparable with the UK. A full day will cost around 10,000 Escudos, a half day around 8,000.  
There are few concrete roads, most being made of volcanic cobble stones. Many beaches are only reachable by off road tracks (including Santa Monic and the ‘Shipwreck’). There are also few signposts.