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Luxury Townhouses in 2009

NEWS ALERT: Exclusive Luxury Townhouses are soon to be built with the most stunning ocean views in Sao Vicente. Spacious 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with 2 En-suite and infinity pool. Be sure to complete the Property Form for more details and read more on Sao Vicente. These Townhouses are believed to double in value by 2011 when the International Airport will be open. Alternatively, you can request a property pack by calling our UK Office on 0208 517 8856.

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Climate

Cape Verde is really an extension of the Sahara, albeit seperated by a large stretch of ocean. The northeast trade wind blows strongly between December and April carrying very little moisture hence very little rain. Cape Verde is too far north to always be in the path of the southwest monsoon and the longest period of drought on a record is a huge 18 years. Temperatures on each of the islands do not vary significantly throughout the year, however, between the islands there can be great differences. For example the centre of the barren, flat, sandy islands can reach 40 degrees whereas the peaks of Santo Antao can fall as low as 15 degrees.

The constant temperate climate of Cape Verde is one of the country’s major selling points, making it an ideal holiday destination all year round. The islands each have slightly differing climates according to their terrain and location but they can all be classified as dry tropical with low humidity.

Cape Verde is ahead of close neighbour the Canaries in terms of both sunshine hours and temperatures: daily sunshine in Cape Verde averages at six hours in the winter and 11 in the summer whilst temperatures average 24°in winter and 29°in summer. Sea temperatures are also warmer in Cape Verde as the archipelago is not affected by the Canaries Current' which creates much colder ocean temperatures around the Canaries.

Despite the reliability of the weather there are still two seasons, a dry season between November and July and a moderate humid season (compared to mainland Africa) with some rain between August and October. Average annual rainfall is approximately 68mm, some rain between August and October. Average annual rainfall is approximately 68mm, year but is spread more evenly between September and May, with around six days' rain per month.

Cape Verde's ocean surface water temperatures range between 22°and 27°C, which creates an ideal environment for marine life to thrive. Wind speeds average around 13 knots, dropping to nine knots in the summer, brought in by the north east tradewind and help to provide a refreshing breeze on the coast.

When buying a property in a tropical location, consideration of extreme weather conditions is paramount and this is another area where Cape Verde holds the advantage over comparable destinations. Unlike destinations such as Florida or the Caribbean, the likelihood of a hurricane striking the islands is very remote. Hurricanes start small in the Gulf of Guinea, south of Nigeria near the equator, and sweep westwards across the Atlantic, well away to the south of Cape Verde and on to the Caribbean where they wreak havoc. The fact that Cape Verde doesn't suffer from the devastation of hurricanes is a major positive factor.

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