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Getting Around Cape Verde


TACV - Cabo Verde Airlines ( is the main domestic carrier. There are internal flights available to all inhabited islands except Brava and San Antao. Private charters are available from the Cabo Verde Express air-taxi service (


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Road Quality

Road conditions and driving standards are generally of a reasonable quality, although paved roads are mostly narrow and winding. Once you get off the main roads, expect a few bumps.

Car Hire

Available on the main islands; book in advance when possible.


Taxi fares should be agreed in advance, although some prefer to use the taximeter. Drivers can be hired to see the main sights on the islands.


An International Driving Permit is legally required and proof of insurance should be displayed on the car windscreen.



There is a daily ferry service operating between the port of Mindelo, São Vincente and Santo Antao (journey time - 1 hour). Cargo ships may also accept passengers and regular services connect Santiago, Fogo and Brava; however, these are primaily for cargo supply and demand and so are inconsistent.

Sea conditions around Cape Verde are sometimes treacherous, due to many submerged rocks. Travel by sea to the southern islands of Brava and Fogo can be particularly disrupted.