FAQ

We’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please get in touch.

Mindelo is quite a small city and easy to walk around in a day. Villa St Aubyn is located in the city centre, 3 minutes walk to the marina and water front.

At night, we recommend taking a taxi, which are not at all expensive and have fixed daytime and night-time rates. Our staff are always happy to book one for you or recommend drivers they know. We can also arrange car rental or a private chauffeur if you wish to explore the island, as well as guided tours: for more information on this option, please visit our Activities page.

Yes, your whole family is welcome! We have a cot and a high chair to offer guests.

Children up to 5 years old are also welcome to stay for free.

All visitors entering Cape Verde require a visa and a passport that is valid for at least another 6 months after the travel date. The visa costs 25 Euros and travellers can obtain it at the respective embassy or consulate in their country in advance or upon arrival in Sal, Boa Vista, São Vicente and Santiago international airports (the latter is only valid for four weeks). For payment upon arrival only cash is accepted.

The visa allows you to stay in Cape Verde for 90 days. You must enter the country within 180 days after the visa has been issued. Application forms can be submitted via the internet, fax or mail and are available on the website of the Embassy of Cape Verde.

The Cape Verde Consulate in Liverpool provides travel visas for the UK and Ireland.

Travel agencies specialised in dealing with Cape Verde can also arrange visas.

There are also Cape Verde embassies and consulates in:

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Washington DC, USA
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Brasília, Brazil
  • New Delhi, India
  • Dakar, Senegal

The local currency is the Cape Verde Escudo, which has a fixed exchange rate of 110.265 CVE = 1 Euro. However, Euros are often accepted in place of Escudos.

Average meal in restaurant: €15 Euros / Beer: €1. Petrol: €1.80 per litre.

ATMs are easy to find in Mindelo and the other major towns and tourist destinations. If you are going to more remote areas, make sure you also bring cash. Not all restaurants accept credit cards.

Visa credit cards are the most widely accepted in Cape Verde. We have heard of problems with Mastercard at ATMs, however you can withdraw cash from inside a bank with a Mastercard and your passport. Maestro and some other debit cards may not work in Cape Verde.

Our local staff can point you towards the closest ATMs and banks.

Contact your local doctor around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

Click here for Cape Verde vaccination guidelines from the National Travel Health and Network Centre NaTHNaC. (http://www.nathnac.org/ds/c_pages/country_page_CV.htm)

Cape Verde has an average yearly high temperature of 23 °- 29 °C. So, make sure you bring shorts, T-shirts and summer clothes, swimming gear, at least one warm sweater, a hat, high protection factor sunscreen, sunglasses and walking shoes.

If you are sailing with Sail Cape Verde don’t forget to bring deck shoes, seasickness tablets or any other medication you may need.

São Vicente is one of the 10 islands in the Cape Verde Archipelago, positioned in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Located 570 km off the coast of Western Africa, the islands are approximately four hours by plane from Lisbon, Portugal and just over one hour from Dakar, Senegal.

São Vicente is located in the North-Western part of the Archipelago, between the islands of Santo Antão and Santa Luzia, with the Canal de São Vicente separating it from Santo Antão.

The official language of the islands is Portuguese, however Creole is more commonly used as the spoken language. English is spoken in hotels and sometimes in restaurants. Creole is based on Portuguese with additions from several African and European languages.

Cape Verdeans appreciate it when you try to communicate in their language and our local staff will be happy to practice with you.

The island does not have a set percentage rate for tipping but the locals do work hard so, if you want to show your appreciation for a good service, a tip of a few Euros (200 CVE) should suffice.

Yes, 90% of Cape Verdeans are Catholic and there are several Portuguese speaking churches in town. You are always very welcome to join them.

Yes, we do organise airport pick-up with our house cab, and we strongly encourage you to communicate your arrival times to Ana in advance, in order for us to arrange this.
This will save you any additional worries upon arrival to Sao Vicente and cost the same amount as all other local taxis: EUR10,- per ride.

No, our reception is not open 24h. This is why we kindly ask guests to communicate their arrival day and check-in time to Ana, in advance. This way, we will make sure to welcome you accordingly, and be at your service for any questions or demands you might have.

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