The weather continues to get hotter in Boa Vista, Cape Verde in August, when the average temperature is round 27°C, created by lows of 24°C and highs of 30°C. The average temperature at the beginning of the month starts off at about 26°C and rises up to 27°C the closer to the end of the month you get. With six hours of sunshine each day and an average sea temperature of 26°C, August is a great time to hit the beach during your holiday. There is only 12mm of rainfall across four days during this month, so it's unlikely you'll experience as much as a shower during your visit.
Where to stay
When it comes to luxury accommodation in Boa Vista, it doesn't get much better than Casa Velha Resort. Here guests are invited to take advantage of the various facilities which include café, relaxing terrace and reception. There are plenty of rooms and apartments to choose from, each of which is tastefully-decorated and comfortable.
On the other end of the scale, Parque das Dunas Village is perfect for holidaymakers in search of low-cost accommodation during their holiday in Cape Verde. Comprising of spacious rooms which come with everything you'll need during your stay, this complex offers great value for money. The list of onsite amenities is extensive and covers 24-hour reception, swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
Hotel Dunas is another top pick when it comes to affordable accommodation in Boa Vista. This boutique hotel is located behind the main square, close to the harbour, and provides guests with a number of rooms, many of which come with sea views. There are several of services and facilities available onsite for guests to enjoy, such as bar, restaurant and reception with the popular Tortuga Beach only a short walk away.
Families looking for all-inclusive accommodation should check out ClubHotel Riu Karamboa. You'll find a huge range of accommodation here, including suites, family rooms, triple rooms and double rooms, so there is bound to be something to suit you and your group whatever your budget. The list of onsite facilities is comprehensive and covers spa, swimming pools, fitness facilities, playground, WiFi, bars and restaurants.
Por do Sol is perfect for holidaymakers in search of self-catering accommodation. Positioned just a stone's throw away from Cabral Beach, this complex is made up of a plethora of accommodation types, with everything from huge townhouses to compact studios. There are numerous facilities available onsite for guests to enjoy, such as free parking, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Hit the beach
Make the most of the fantastic weather by spending a day at Verandinha Beach. Here you can choose to find the perfect spot to lie down your towel and soak up some rays or take to the water and try your hand at the numerous water sports available, including kite surfing and windsurfing. This beach is backed by impressive rock formations which provide hours of exploring fun for the kids to enjoy.
Curral Velho is another great choice for families looking for somewhere to spend the day together. This beach is sheltered from the wind, so you can doze in the sunshine without worrying about getting covered in sand. Although there are no real facilities available here, there are plans to build a beach bar in the very near future. When you've had enough of sunbathing, take a walk inland where you'll find an abandoned village and dried up salt lake.
Where to eat & drink
When it comes to local Cape Verdean cuisine, it doesn't get much better than the food served up at Sodade din ha Terra. This restaurant is beautifully decorated and boasts top quality freshly-prepared dishes which are sure to please. Popular amongst locals and visitors alike, Sodade din ha Terra is a must-visit if you pass by Rabil.
Satisfy your craving for Italian food by spending an evening at Ca'Luisa. This traditional Italian restaurant is often fully-booked, so making a reservation in advance is highly recommended. Here you'll find a large menu full of all your favourite Italian dishes, including pizzas, calzones, pastas and salads, as well as plenty of fish- and meat-based dishes.
If you're searching for evening entertainment, Esplanada Municipal Silves is the place to go. Found in the main square of Sal Rei, this bar is a lively place to visit during the day, when you can enjoy a cold drink and watch the world go by from the outside terrace. Come sunset the bar takes on a different scene, with live music and dancing provided by local groups and artists.
Bar Restaurant Lima is a great place to go for a beer and a chat with the locals. This establishment is divided into two sections a restaurant upstairs and a bar downstairs so if you're feeling hungry you don't have to go far. Food and drinks are very affordable here, which makes it a top pick for visitors on a budget holiday.
Things to do
Thanks to the island's location, Boa Vista is one of the few places in the region where you can see certain African and tropical birds. If you sign up for a bird watching excursion, you'll have the chance to see some of the species which regularly breed on the island, such as the Egyptian vulture, white-faced storm-petrel and the red-billed tropicbird. Although sightings are never guaranteed, they're very likely so don't forget your camera.
Foodies won't want to miss the chance to sign up for cooking lessons at the Cachupa Academy. Several tour companies offer trips to this cooking school where you'll be tutored by a local Cape Verdean and learn how to make one of the most loved dishes the island is known for cachupa.