Cabo Verde Travel Guide for Digital Nomads
Cabo Verde, or Cape Verde as it’s commonly known in English, is a beguiling archipelago of ten islands and five islets, sprinkled off the west coast of Africa. Each island offers a distinctive flavor, from spectacular beaches and lunar-like landscapes to vibrant music scenes and idyllic hiking trails. For digital nomads, it’s a paradise full of potential. This guide provides comprehensive insights into everything you need to know before embarking on your digital nomad adventure in Cabo Verde.
Digital nomads cannot compromise on internet connectivity. Fortunately, Cabo Verde has reliable internet service. The country has been connected to the global internet through undersea fiber-optic cables, resulting in generally decent speeds, though there can be occasional downtimes. Consider subscribing to mobile data plans from local telecom companies like Unitel T+ and CV Movel for reliable backup connectivity.
You won’t find an abundance of traditional co-working spaces in Cabo Verde, but that’s more than compensated for by the endless cafes and restaurants with Wi-Fi, offering seaside views. In the capital city, Praia, the “Cafe Sofia” is a popular haunt for digital nomads, while in Mindelo, you might frequent the “Caravela Mindelo” for its steady Wi-Fi and great coffee.
Cabo Verde offers a range of accommodations to suit different budgets. From well-appointed Airbnb apartments and guest houses in bustling city centers to secluded beachside villas. It’s generally affordable, and long-term rentals can offer particularly good value.
As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, citizens from most countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and EU, can visit Cabo Verde visa-free for up to 30 days. For longer stays, a visa can be obtained, usually for a period of up to 90 days. Please verify this with the latest local information.
- Local Culture
Cabo Verde boasts a harmonious blend of African, Portuguese, and Brazilian cultures, reflected in everything from its music—morna, funaná, and coladeira—to its culinary delights like cachupa and pastel com diablo dentro. Learning a few words in Kriolu (Creole), the local language, can go a long way in endearing yourself to locals.
- Leisure Activities
From hiking volcanic peaks on Fogo, windsurfing in Sal, exploring the historical Cidade Velha, to experiencing the nightlife in Mindelo, there’s no shortage of activities to unwind after work hours. The local music and dance scene is also vibrant and diverse, offering an excellent way to experience the soul of Cabo Verde.
Cabo Verde is one of the safer African countries. Like any destination, it has its share of petty crime, but serious crime is relatively rare. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded places, and avoid walking alone late at night in isolated areas.
Medical facilities in Cabo Verde are reasonable in major towns, but can be limited in remote areas. It’s recommended to have comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Also, consider getting vaccinations for diseases like Hepatitis A and Typhoid before arrival.
- Cost of Living
The cost of living in Cabo Verde is relatively low compared to Western standards, but slightly higher than other African countries. Eating local food, using public transport, and staying in rented apartments will significantly cut down your expenses.
- Time Zone
Cabo Verde operates on Cape Verde Standard Time, which is GMT-1. This is ideal for nomads working with European or African clients, but also manageable for those with ties to North and South America.
Cabo Verde enjoys a warm, tropical climate all year round. However, bear in mind that from August to October, the country experiences its rainy season. It doesn’t typically disrupt daily life, but it’s worth considering if you’re planning to stay during these months.
Cabo Verde’s appeal as a digital nomad destination lies in its unique combination of work and leisure. Its compelling blend of African, Portuguese, and Brazilian cultures, stunning natural beauty, and the promise of adventure make it a choice destination. As a digital nomad in Cabo Verde, you will not only be rewarded with an enviable work-life balance but also get to immerse in an unforgettable cultural experience. Whether you choose to stay for a month or a year, Cabo Verde is sure to steal a piece of your heart. Safe travels!