Those islands that receive direct flights from other countries now receive more fresh produce than they did pre-2009. Goods such as items for the home are brought in as air freight or cargo ship. Most of the infrmation below was posted re-2009, some things may have changed over the 10 years since then.
Prices may vary from island to island. Fresh supplies arrive regularly on the main island sof Santiago and Sao Vicente. Some cargo boats may then sail on to Sal and other islands, but the extra fuel costs will be passed on to the buyer. Some large ships may be unloaded on the main islands and goods may be re-loaded onto other boats sailing to the smaller islands. Goods and fresh produce are more plentiful on Santiago and Sao Vicente and they are cheaper than on Sal. Read on: Living Costs
Maio is less populated than Santiago, but it is only a 10min flight from Praia.
Relatives and friends of hotelliers, restaurants and locals travelling between Santiago and Maio, rely on them to bring in fresh produce for them
by plane or boat. Frozen goods are transported in cooler boxes. The boat to Maio from Santiago only arrives every 3 weeks (pre-2009>, some
resh produce is limited. Some business people on Maio hire a private boat if fresh food is sparse, and they share the cost of the boat hire.
Similar situations occur on other smaller islands where ports and the population are smaller.
From Port to villages
Transportation of goods from the port to other areas of the island is also an additional cost. It is cheaper to buy produce near the port and in
the capitals than on the outlying villages. Many people in Santa Maria on Sal Island travel to Espargos to do their weekly shopping. Not all
items are much cheaper but on the whole it is worth the travelling to obtain same savings and sometimes fresher produce.
Some of these prices were obtained in June 08, so they will increase have increased to date. We are aware that thecost of electricity and water
incresed early in 2011.
THE OFFICIAL EXCHANGE RATE always remains the same!! : 1 euro = 110.265cve (escudos) ....... e.g. 10euros = 1103cve
Although some goods sold at the Chinese shops may be of different quality, it is often cheaper to buy most tin foods and sometimes fruit from these
shops as they oftern ship things regularly from the other islands and also get some fresh produce weekly. A number of the Cape Verdean owned
shops will buy bulk items from the chinese shops then add a bit on, to sell in their own shops.
Prices charged via Developments and Management Agencies may vary. Obvioulsy they need to include a payment for their services.
You can contact a Property Management Service for more up to date costs on Electric, gas, water, condominium and Management fees.
Outside large developments you may find the following charges (rough guide):
Example costs based on a particular One Bed apt. in Santa Maria (2008):
Condiminium - charges for one particular block of 6 x 1 bed apartments in Santa Maria is 240euro per year.
Electric - average cost 5000cve per month/4wks which includes the connection charge by Electra to your apartment building &
tax. The price includes use of washing machine, fridge freezer and occasional use of Air Con for one person.If used more often the cost rises!!
Water - monthly water bill within same block for one bed apt : 1500cve per month, but less if only one person and no washing machine
Gas - a large gas bottle can last one person 12months.
Bottled gas : You will need to sign a contract before you can get a gas bottle with Enacol or Shell. You will need to know which
type of bottle you require as there are two different fitment connections. Check with both of the garages which are situated at the entrance
to Santa Maria. There are a number of bottled gas suppliers in Santa Maria. REFILLS:The shop that sells gas bottle refills for Shell is situated
in the Tanquinho Zona of Santa Maria is 'Doya's', which is stituated between Leme Bedje and the Correios (post office).
All the utility costs need to be paid separately to the Management and Condominium fees. Some Management Agencies may pay your bills on your behalf
but you should keep your payments up to date.
Charges 2008:Bottled Gas:
NOTE: Usage will depend on how many people are in the property at one time using showers, washing machine, air condition etc!
Prices vary depending on availability.
All prices listed is for 1kg unless otherwise stipulated and we don't always have a ready supply on hand. Some shops will be cheaper than others so you have to shop around i.e. for good quality tomatoes or a better price.
Kellogs corn flakes...375grams.....375cve
Minced meat ..........850cve
5 litre water ........220cve
Fruit juice carton....180cve
Toilet roll (12)......350cve
100g tin tomatoes.... 100cve
The price of onions went up to 500cve in August 08 for a short time as there was no fresh supply. This price jump occurs from time to time with all fresh produce. It does come down again when fresh produce arrives.
www.cvtelecom.cv will provide info on costs for land line phones etc. Also Multimedia costs.
The installation cost is extra. 2007 one incoming line to private property cst 3000cve.
Roughly per month without use of phone the line rental is about 892cve.
When you get a land line you will also be provided with a CVTelecom email address free of charge.
One persons Multimedia use may incur 4000cve - 5000cve a month, or maybe more or less dependent on usage. The next rate jumps up to 9.000cve + per month. Their new shop is situated near the Morabeza Hotel.
TMAIS (Unitel) provides wireless internet in Santa Maria, they also sell phones and phone credit.
Please be careful when inputting personal information when not using secure internet.
Electra Office (2011)
There is a new Electra Office in Santa Maria.
IUP - ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX (2011)
People should read this within the following link, as prices will have increased by 5 times : Legal-IUP
The above is meant as a guide only.
See also : Tips for your home