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Boa Vista (Portuguese meaning “good view”) is the easternmost island of Cape Verdemarker. It is located in the Barlavento group of the archipelago. The island is known for marine turtle and traditional music, as well as its ultramarathon and its sand dunes and beaches.

The island also constitutes the municipality of Boa Vista, which has two parishes, Santa Isabel and São João Baptista


Boa Vista landscape.

With an area of 620 km², it is the third largest island, after Santo Antãomarker and Santiagomarker. It is 455 km west of the coast of Africa. Much of the island is flat. The highest point on the island is Monte Estânciamarker, elevation 387 meters; other mountains include Santo António (Saint Anthony) and Monte Negro (Black Mountain). Other features include Campo da Serra. Its main town is Sal Reimarker, its ferry port and home to Boa Vista's airport (Rabil Airportmarker)on the northwest side of the island.

Surrounding islets include Ilhéu de Sal Rei featuring a lighthouse in the west, and Ilhéu do Baluate featuring the easternmost point in Cape Verde. Points include Ponta Antónia to the north.



While most of the population live in Sal Rei, there are many small settlements with 10 to 100 people; others are abandoned. It has the smallest population of all of inhabited Cape Verde’s islands, and it is the least-dense populated in the archipelago.

Population of Boa Vista, Cape Verde (1940—2010)
1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
2779 2985 3263 3569 3372 3452 4209 6233


Its economy was originally based on agriculture, but desertification led to salt collection becoming more important. Its main industries today are date farming and, increasingly, tourism, with already several touristic establishments being built in recent times. A large 750-room RIU Hotels hotel (Riu Karamboa) has recently opened 5 km South of Sal Rei, having more rooms than all other tourist accommodation on Boa Vista combined . A further Riu with 2000 rooms is planned for the South of the island.

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Boa Vista has a college (colegio), a middle school, high school, churches, beaches, a hotel, a port, and a square (praça).


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