Cabo Verde in detail

Travel with Children

Travel in Cabo Verde can be a great experience for kids. There are gorgeous beaches for fun days in the sun, eerie volcanic landscapes and great walks (including short rambles) amid lush valleys and towering peaks. Plus, locals are apt to lavish attention on young ones.

Logistics of moving around the archipelago can be challenging, so it's wise to plan well – and not to pack in too much travel. Pick one, two or three islands and allow plenty of down time to enjoy the slow pace of Cabo Verdean life.

Travelling with infants and very young children will present the biggest challenges, as baby seats are a rarity for vehicle hire, and high chairs and changing facilities are uncommon. A sturdy pram is essential for sometimes treacherous cobblestone streets and sandy paths.

A few key destinations for kids:

  • Sal Best selection of Western-style restaurants, ample beach activities, resort-style accommodation.
  • Boa Vista Laid-back, walkable centre near pretty beaches. Easy day trips to desert-like interior, an abandoned seaside village and deserted beaches.
  • Maio Play on the beaches with village kids, good local and Italian restaurants.

Additionally, São Vicente and Santo Antão make a fine combination, as do Fogo and Brava. Inter-island ferries connect these island pairs on scenic boat rides that last under an hour.