Practical information : Accomodation Cape Verde
Budget & Tips
There are many websites that help to find accommodation offers at the best price. To help hoteliers and allow them to be paid the full amount of the night, without owing a commission to the platform, you can look at the rates on the comparison site, then call the hotel or guesthouse, in order to tell them the price found and negotiate it with them. Be careful, when hoteliers kindly ask you if you will take the meal or the breakfast, it can happen that they omit to specify if it is a supplement and that you have a small surprise at the time of paying the bill. So be sure to ask if it is included or not
Average room rates. Depending on the category of accommodation you choose, prices range from CVE 1,500 to 10,000 for single rooms and CVE 2,500 to 11,000 for double rooms. The highest prices are in Sal, Boa Vista and Praia, where the average is CVE 3,500 for a single room and between CVE 4,000 and 5,000 for a double room.
Don't forget that a tourist tax of €2 per person per day is mandatory and applicable in the country since 2005. It must be paid directly to the establishment where you will be staying. When you book through an agency, these practices are normally included in the reservation. However, it is wise to ask the question and to check all the services. Good to know: this tax is limited to a maximum of 10 nights in the same establishment, and children under 16 are exempt
To be booked
The archipelago is particularly busy during the months of February, August and November, so it is strongly advised to book your hotel nights during the high season, as well as the inter-island air links. The tourist influx reaches its peak in December, the ideal winter month to warm up under the African sun. It is also worth noting that there is a strong influx of tourists from mid-June to mid-September when the Cape Verdean diaspora returns to the country during the summer vacations. Also during the Carnival period, especially in Mindelo, reservations become almost mandatory, at the risk of not finding the room of your dreams in the pousada with its evocative photos
For food lovers
If you want to immerse yourself in Cape Verdean culture as soon as you get out of bed, do as the locals do: forget croissants, toast and baguette for breakfast and dip the spoon in a good cachupa. As a reminder, this is a kind of stew made of corn and beans, with vegetables, meat, sausages or chorizo. Moreover, the locals eat the cachupa from the day before, refried with onions and eggs, which is then called cachupa refogada. The principle is that around a classic base, you add what you find and adjust it to your own way. More original and traditional is impossible.