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Boa Vista


Area 620 Km2
Population 5.785
Largest urban centerTown of Sal Rei, about 2.500 inhabitants
MunicipalityBoa Vista
Rainfall75mm / 120mm
Average annual Temperature24º / 25º
Highest Point387m, Monte Estância

 Santa Isabel and S.João Baptista



Rabil, Estância de Baixo, Bofareira, Cabeça dos Tarafes, Fundo das Figueiras, João Galego, Povoação Velha


Coordinates15° 58' N e 16° 13' N
22° 40' W e 22° 58' W

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Boa Vista, the easternmost island of the Cape Verde Islands, located some 500 km off the African coast, is the third largest island in the archipelago, with an area of 620 km2.  It is almost circular in shape, with a great predominance of beaches, especially along the West and Southwest coasts. This, coupled with the areas of environmental interest located from the North to Southeast coasts, gives the Island enormous tourism potential.

Rainfall is usually very low, between 75mm and just over 120mm. Average annual temperatures vary between 24º to 25º C. Winds blow with relative intensity throughout the year, decreasing slightly during the summer. Average relative humidity rarely falls below 60% and for most of the time it is between 70 and 90%. The Island is dominated by lowlands, with the exception of some small hills, with the highest point located on Mount Estancia, with 387 meters in altitude. Dunes can reach several meters in height, and given their high landscape and ecological value, they play a pivotal role in protecting and conserving the coast, and most importantly against the erosion of beaches, functioning as a sand reserve for their protection. 

The eastern part of the island is characterized by a high concentration of natural resources such as breeding populations of sea turtles, sea bird colonies, dune fields, wetlands and associated fauna, coral colonies, unique fish species, nests of Guinchos-Laurus Ridibundus , rare bird species and millennial trees, such as baobab, wild fig and almond trees, endowing the island with great ecological value.

The strong northeast winds create a corridor of sand that practically crosses the entire western area so that in this area and in the southwest of the island there is a prevalence of lowlands and sand banks. The western part of the island has the vocation for conventional tourism, while the eastern for environmental values.  The 3 ZDTIs are located in the western side.


According to 2010 estimates, the island has a population of 9,162 inhabitants, of which 41% is rural, although not dependent on agriculture.  Given the size of the island (it is the third largest island in size), population density is extremely low.

There is a predominance of males on the island (59,2%), due to the emigration of women, particularly to Italy. The population aged between 15 and 64 represent 71,4% of the total, with children under 15 years of age comprising 22,6% of inhabitants. The activity rate is 78,9% and unemployment at the end of 2010 was at 5.7%.


Tourism potential and aptitudes

The general geographical features of the island of Boa Vista, mainly the extensive beaches very suitable for bathing, especially along the west and southwest coast (exception made to the ZDTI of Morro de Areia, which features a rugged coastline with a sea area prone to the concentration of sharks during certain times of the year) and the possibility of articulation and complementarities with areas of environmental interest located on the front opposite side of the island from the Northern to the Southeast coast, give the Boa Vista a dominant potential profile for “family beach tourism" with an important component  of "environmental tourism. "

The environmental component that, in accordance with the principle of active protection, should be associated with some accommodation capacity, assumes its very own attractiveness, given the growing interest in environmental issues. Furthermore, the environmental component will have a role of adding value and enriching the experience offered to conventional beach tourism.


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