About Cape Verde Tips
How this website started
The idea for this website came after visiting the island of Sal in September 2005.
Having watched the TV programme 'A Place in the Sun' early in 05 about the islands of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), I was immediately interested in what they offered, all year round sunshine.
I carried out some research before visiting Sal. There were a number of websites already set up in English, Italian, Portuguese and German on Cap Vert, Cabo Verde, Cap Verdes, Kaap Verdie but not many good ones about Cape Verde isles in English that I could find.
I decided to come out to Sal, the main tourist island on my own and see what it was like. Being as there were no direct flights from the UK at the time, I contacted a Travel Agency who made suitable travel arrangements for me. Having traveled to Sal via Lisbon, not being quite sure what I would find when I arrived on Sal (as my memory of the TV programme had faded), I was happy to be put in touch with another lady who was also traveling over to Sal from the UK at the same time, so we arranged to meet up at Lisbon airport.
After carrying out further research whilst on Sal I began pulling information together as I could see there was obviously going to be a lot of interest in the islands in the coming years.
On return to the UK in the October I started thinking of a name for a website about Cape Verde.
People still ask Cape Verde, where is it? Where are the Cape Verde Isles? I still receive emails saying we are visiting Cape Verde, but they don't mention which island, so there is still plenty for those to do re-educating people about the islands.
Cape Verde Tips will continue to produce a newsletter and as from September 2010 the newsletter will be circulated every month instead of every 3 months. The newsletter will include general information, international, national events and reports about Cape Verde. You can subscribe to this newsletter below.
In addition to this, we launched a second website in June 2009, 'Expats Cape Verde'. This provides information in English from Expats, other nationals or local people who wish to promote or provide information about something that has happened or is taking place in Cape Verde. Most of the news comes from people on Sal, but we also receive an input from some expats on Boavista. The newsletter was initially produced every fortnight, but has now changed to weekly. You can subscribe to receive the newsletter by email, by registering here: Expats Registration
After 6 yrs of living and working on the island, with a short break in between, I have seen some positive changes. There are new bars and new people arriving and more people looking for a place in the sun in Cape Verde.
There are a number of British Nationals living and working on the islands, mostly on Sal as this is the main tourist island.
The recession has obviously had an affect on the islands and some people may have decided that now is not the right time to invest or remain on the island, but with this in mind they also are considering other options.
People are keen to let others know of some of the things that are happening on the islands, hence the production of the now weekly Expats Newsletter. We use the experiences of real people living or working on the islands. There is always information available on this website and the Expats Cape Verde website which will hopefully help you consider whether Cape Verde is your place in the sun.
Find out what our Cape Verde Tips newsletter contains: Monthly Newsletter
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