January is the coldest time of the year to visit Boa Vista, Cape Verde when the island experiences mild and dry weather. The average temperature during this month is 22°C created by highs of up to 25°C and lows of 19°C. At around 23°C, the average temperature at the beginning of January is higher than at the end of the month when it drops down slightly to 22°C. With only 21mm of rainfall spread across four days, it's very unlikely you'll experience a shower during your holiday. Boa Vista enjoys seven hours of sunshine each day throughout January and has an average sea temperature of 22°C.
Where to stay
Hotel Riu Touareg
When it comes to all-inclusive accommodation in Boa Vista, Hotel Riu Touareg is a top pick. Here guests can choose from double rooms, family rooms and suites, ensuring something for all budgets and group sizes. The all-inclusive programme includes breakfast, lunch, cakes, dinner, snacks and unlimited drinks, as well as access to the sports facilities, swimming pools and entertainment.
ClubHotel Riu Karamboa
For another all-inclusive option, take a look at ClubHotel Riu Karamboa. This hotel provides plenty of amenities and services for visitors to enjoy, including swimming pools, bars, restaurants, kids' club, playground, spa, WiFi access and sports facilities. Accommodation is available in the form of double rooms, triple rooms, family rooms and suites.
Iberostar Club Boa Vista
Families and couples looking for a little bit of luxury during their holiday should take a look at the Iberostar Club Boa Vista. Located just a stone's throw away from the beach, this complex is made up of basic and superior rooms, some of which come with sea views. There is a wealth of onsite facilities available to take advantage of, such as bars, restaurants, kids' clubs, swimming pools, games room, entertainment programme and aqua gym.
Por do Sol
For something a bit more affordable, check out the Por do Sol. Facing Cabral Beach, this complex offers a huge choice of accommodation, with everything from studios to townhouses, all of which are self-catering and feature well-equipped kitchens. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the amenities and services which include swimming pool, Jacuzzi, bar, restaurant and free parking.
Parque das Dunas Village
Parque das Dunas Village is perfect for couples and families looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Boa Vista. Located on the beach, this hotel comprises of a 24-hour reception, swimming pool, bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a breakfast buffet. A great choice for holidaymakers on a budget, this three-star hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms equipped with everything you'll need to enjoy your holiday.
Hit the beach
Make the most of the mild temperatures by hitting Cabral beach. Just north of Sal Rei, this beach is a deserted stretch of pale sand lined by aquamarine waters. There are no services or amenities available directly on the beach, but there is a number of new property developments located along the coast. The Jewish Cemetery and Marine Club are also nearby.
Praia de Santa Maria
Praia de Santa Maria is a great place for the whole family to spend the day together under the sun. Found on the north of the island, this beach is home to powder-like white sand and waves which are great fun to splash around in. Thanks to the almost constant winds, this beach is a top spot to watch surfers, kite surfers and paddle boarders ride the waves. Although there are no real facilities available at this beach, it adds to the charm and ensures it doesn't become over-commercialised.
Where to eat & drink
One of the very best restaurants in Boa Vista, Elcibar is sure to please. Here you'll find a large menu full of a variety of international dishes, with everything from salads and breakfasts to stews and fish kebabs. All meals are made freshly onsite, so although you might have to wait a while, it will certainly be worth it.
Boavista Social Club
For local food, visit Boavista Social Club at Estoril Beach, just outside Sal Rei. Diners at this establishment can choose from a number of traditional Cape Verdean dishes, as well as Thai curries and BBQ parties. Not only a place to enjoy a great meal, the Boavista Social Club is also a top location to catch some traditional music performances from local musicians.
Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11pm until 5am, Disco Bambu is a recently-opened nightclub located behind Estoril Beach, between Sal Rei and the airport. Without a doubt one of the hottest nightclubs in Boa Vista, Disco Bambu is a great place to go if you want to dance until the early hours.
Tortuga Beach Bar & Restaurant
If you're looking for something a bit more relaxed, check out Tortuga Beach Bar & Restaurant Café. Run by Italian owners, this bar is a great place to grab a cool drink during a day at the beach. Here you can pull up a chair on the shaded terrace and people watch on the beach or browse through the snack menu if you're feeling hungry.
Things to do
Giggling Gecko Adventures
If you'd like to go on an excursion during your holiday in Boa Vista, take a look at the tours offered by Giggling Gecko Adventures. This tour company offers a huge range of trips for visitors to enjoy. With everything from island-wide tours and beach days to whale watching and sunset excursions, you're bound to find something that suits everyone.
Morro Negro Lighthouse
The lighthouse at Morro Negro is one of the best attractions in Boa Vista. Here you can take a leisurely stroll up the small hill which leads up to the lighthouse where you can enjoy fantastic views which stretch across the eastern coast of Boa Vista. From the peak of the hill you can see miles of untouched beaches lapped by waves, so don't forget to bring your camera.