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Pictures from tourist attractions in the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde: the white dunes, Santa Monica Beach, and Morro de Areia Nature Reserve. 

White sand dunes in Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Splendid white sand dunes to the southwest of the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde. Dunes of Morro de Areia to the south of Chaves Beach.

Boa Vista offers nice beach holiday opportunities with relaxation in a pleasant climate throughout the year and / or the practice of nautical activities. The most remarkable natural attractions of Boa Vista are probably the famous beach of Santa Monica and the stunning white sand dunes in the southwest of the island. Much of this area is part of Morro de Areia Nature Reserve, a protected reserve of 2,585 ha.
 
The large white sand dunes which intertwine at the seaside about 2 km south of Iberostar Hotel (which is located at the southern end of Chaves Beach) are particularly impressive and immaculate. Elsewhere, the dunes are crossed by quad and 4X4 tourist circuits or occupied by large hotels and resorts. Sand comes from the desert of the Sahara: it is carried by the trade winds and is deposited on the island..

A second large set of dunes, the Desert of Viana, dotted with acacia trees lies northeast of Rabil. It extends several kilometers to the north of the island. Much of this desert is part of the Boa Esperança Nature Reserve. Boa Vista is sometimes called "Dunes Island" due to the amount of dunes on the island.

Santa Monica Beach in Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Santa Monica beach in the southwest of the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde. Morro de Areia Nature Reserve.

The beach of Santa Monica in the southwest of Boa Vista is a wonderful white sand beach. Its fine white sand, its gentle slope, its turquoise waters and its totally quiet environment make this beach the most beautiful beach of Boa Vista and rank it in among the most beautiful beaches in the world. However, the currents of the Atlantic may be strong.

The beach is not easily accessible. It has no infrastructure at all. Under a common name, it actually includes the beach of Santa Monica itself and the nearby Curralinho Beach, totaling about 17 km. Tourists visit it on guided tours around the island in quad or 4X4.

Varandinha beach in the Morro de Areia Nature Reserve in Boa Vista
Varandinha Beach in the southwest of the island of Boa Vista in Cape Verde. Morro de AreiaNature Reserve.

Varandinha Beach, close to Curralinho Beach, is part of Morro de Areia Nature Reserve. It is lined with volcanic rocks in which erosion has hollowed a few small caves. It is known to be one of the nesting areas of loggerhead sea turtles in Boa Vista. A conservation center for these turtles is set up at Ervatao Beach on the southeast coast of the island.

Varandinha Beach is also a very pleasant place where tourists like to come and relax or make a short stop on a tour around the island. Varandinha Beach is the westernmost point of the island. The ocean, the beach and the rock form a nice postcard with contrasting colors.


 

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Pictures from tourist attractions in the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde: the white dunes, Santa Monica Beach, and Morro de Areia Nature Reserve.