What To Wear In Cape Verde
To sum it up - Keep it casual
- The Cape Verdeans display a wonderful cultural mix of Africa and Brazil, with a dash of Portugal. Friendly, laid back and very tolerant.
- Our advice would be to travel light - and we mean really light.
- If you are staying on the main tourist destination of Sal all you need during the day is beach wear, flip-flops, sunglasses and a sunhat.
- For the evenings again keep it light and simple. Lightweight Capri pants, a sun dress or skirt work well with flip flops.
- The roads and paths are very uneven so flat shoes are far more suitable than heels when out and about.
- If you are staying in an all-inclusive hotel then there is more scope to dress up so you may want to pop a smarter dress and accessories in your case, but otherwise dressing up really doesn't happen here - everyone is very casual.
- A wrap can be a versatile choice which will dress up any outfit in case you do need it, as well as acting as a cover-up during the day.
- Outside of the hotels you will find it very difficult to get laundry cleaned, however with a temperature of at least 28c all year round washing and drying clothes is quick and easy to do.
- This is a very young holiday destination and it is difficult to get good quality sun screen (we love the Riemann P20 range - apply just once a day, even if swimming, for a whole 10 hours protection), or it is expensive. So be sure to take plenty with you, along with a sun hat - the sun is unbelievably hot even when cloudy.
- Pack insect and mosquito repellant as again it's expensive here.
- The wind gets up from November to March, and a pashmina shawl or light knitwear is needed at night.
- Pop some trainers or lightweight walking shoes in if you want to walk around the island, and a lightweight day pack would be useful too.
- Books or newspapers in English are not available at the moment.
- Keep bottled water out of the sun as the plastic bottles can release dioxins when they heat up, which is not healthy. An alternative is to use a 100% BPA-free foldable water bottle. Reusing your water bottle will also help you do your bit for the planet - millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfill every year.
- We would suggest that you don't bother with travellers cheques as they are not widely accepted. Take instead a combination of Euros and credit card as the Euro is accepted everywhere. However we would recommend changing your Euros into the local currency, Cape Verde Escudos (CVE) at the bank when you arrive as you will find that you will get around 110 CVE for 1 Euro whereas most shops and restaurants will convert at 100 CVE to 1 Euro.
- Check out our advice for the individual islands too.
- Click on our Facebook page for pictures of what people are wearing in Cape Verde.
- And for more pictures and ideas, see our Pinterest board: What to Wear on a Beach Holiday.
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