BOA VISTA - Island Characteristics
Boa Vista (Portuguese meaning "good view") is a desert island in the easternmost island in the Barlavento group of the Cape Verde archipelago. The weather is very dry and hot with fabulous beaches, and great opportunities to find property in Boa Vista. Its economy was originally based on agriculture, but desertification led to salt collection becoming more important. With an area of 620 km², it is the third largest island, right after Santo Antão and Santiago. It is 455 km west of the African Coast. Its main industries today are date farming and tourism. Much of the island is flat. The highest point on the island is Monte Estancia, elevation 387 meters; other mountains include Santo Antônio (Saint Anthony) and Monte Negro (Black Mountain). Other features include Campo da Serra. While most of the population live in the capital, there are many small settlements with 10 to 100 people; others are abandoned. It has the smallest population of all of Cape Verde's islands, except the three northwestern uninhabited islands; it is one of the least-dense populated in the archipelago.
The island is known for marine turtles and traditional music, as well as its ultramarathon and its sand dunes and beaches. Its main town is Sal Rei, its ferry port and home to Boa Vista's airport on the northwest side of the island. Surrounding islets include Ilha do Sal Rei featuring a lighthouse in the west, and Ilha da Baluate featuring the easternmost point in Cape Verde. Points include Ponta Antônia to the north. Sal Rei is the capital and main port of Boa vista.
Boa Vista appears mainly as flat, barren desert landscape with enormous beaches
This Island has extensive unspoiled white sanded beaches. The island gives the appearance of being one huge sand dune. The island has a lot of white-sanded beaches. These include Chave beach and Santa Monica. Santa Monica is the largest beach of any of the islands.
Boa vista offers excellent conditions for all water sports including sailing, diving, surfing, and fishing, sea canoeing and cycling. Hiking is also popular here. Most hikers have to cross difficult stony passages with steep ascents and descents, if you intend to hike you take your mountain boots with you. Sun protectors, glacier-lipsticks and a hat that resists insulation and wind are equally indispensable. While walking in the heat through sandy tracks; the body uses up a lot of water. A consumption of 5 litres per day when walking or biking is no exaggeration! The wind blown across from the Sahara impacts the weather on Boa Vista.