‘Boavista Island’

Boavista, the island of turtles and white dunes

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Cape Verde is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that thanks to its climate, beaches and landscapes is becoming a first rate tourist destination. Boavista is the largest island of the Cape Verde archipelago, off the coast of Senegal. It is one of the Windward Islands. The never-ending virgin beaches are an infinite succession of white sand dunes, with coconut and palm trees to make a perfect postcard. This is the perfect island if you want to indulge in the isolation of the beach and the ocean. There is so much sand that you will never have to compete with…

Cesária Évora, Cape Verde’s Immortal Gift to World Music

Not too many people know much about (or have even heard of) the tiny, 10-island West African country of Cape Verde (home to Iberostar Club Boa Vista, on Boavista island). But even though relatively few actually understood her song lyrics, plenty in Europe, Africa, and the rest of the world certainly knew and loved its most famous native daughter, a soulful singer whom we lost on December 17 at age 70. Like one of my favorite U.S. jazz icons, Alberta Hunter, Cesária Évora started her career young and at one point left music, only to stage a spectacular comeback, in…