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, a sunhat and sunglasses. These are a must all year round - the sun is unbelievably hot even when cloudy.
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 vacation destination and it is difficult to get good quality sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), or it is expensive.
Pop some sneakers or lightweight walking shoes in if you want to walk around the island.
A lightweight day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
We would suggest that you don't bother with travelers checks 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.
Clothing Tips for Women
For the evenings again keep it light and simple. Lightweight Capri pants, a sun dress or skirt work well with flip flops.
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 few well chosen pieces of costume jewellery will transform any outfit.
A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
The roads and paths are very uneven so flat shoes are far more suitable than heels when out and about.We love Hotter shoes for total comfort along with style. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
Clothing Tips for Men
There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
Pack for the Weather
The wind gets up during November, December, January, February and March, and a pashmina shawl or light knitwear is needed at night.
Regions of Cape Verde
If you're planning an inter island sailing trip you need to have waterproof pants and jacket - you WILL need them. Pack a fleece and long pants for the evenings. Take shorts for the daytime. The islands are very casual so we suggest that you pack as little as possible, but do include a pair of sneakers and a day pack if you want to explore. It may also be worth taking some seasickness pills with you - this is the Atlantic and it can be boisterous. Many islanders are very poor, and if you can take clothes, pens or paper for the children it will be really appreciated.