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Travel tips for Cape Verde - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

1. Do not listen to scary stories in the airport that this is Africa, and it is dangerous, so tourists need to stay in their hotels more. Here is the good news: there are no dangerous insects from the continent on the islands.
2. It is important to follow personal hygiene rules. New climatic conditions make the body vulnerable to viruses and infectious diseases.
3. Don’t forget that Cape Verde Islands are located close to the equator, so the sun is dangerous here even when it feels warm. In order not to get sunburnt, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the face and body.
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4. Don’t let refreshing breeze trick you. When staying outside, sunscreen is a must.
5. In order to make cheaper calls, it is always a good idea to buy a sim card by a local carrier.
6. Renting a car will be way more expensive than using taxi services. The price of a day-long car rental equals 15-20 taxi rides within the city borders. It is easy to guess, which service is cheaper.
7. Use escudo to pay for purchases! Many merchants accept euro, but the exchange rate can be as low as 1 escudo for 1 euro. In reality, 1 euro equals 110 escudos. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
8. Cash payments are accepted everywhere. Only large hotels accept bank cards in the country, so it is always a good idea to stock up on cash money.
9. Do not exchange more money than you need. Large hotels and banks offer exchange services and convert currencies of many countries to escudo. However, it is impossible to exchange escudo back to internationally accepted currencies.
10. If you plan to visit many islands, local airline companies are the best choice. Active tourists may also want to purchase Air Pass. This pass allows not only saving extra money but also moving between the islands much faster.
11. If active recreation is your main priority, don’t forget to purchase medical insurance that covers possible repatriation risks in case of lethal outcome.
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12. Divers must have a special medical clearance that permits scuba diving.
13. Tourists, who plan to take local fruits to their home country, need to check their weight carefully. Fruits weighting more than 5 kg are subject to export duties.
14. Don’t forget to leave a tip of 10% in upscale restaurants. This is common in Cape Verde. It is up to tourists whether they want to leave tips in small cafes and restaurants.
15. Don’t be scared to talk to strangers. Cape Verdeans are very friendly and cheerful people. Moreover, it is important for them to keep foreign guests satisfied because the country greatly relies on revenues from its tourism industry. Forget about the Internet and enjoy real-life conversations.
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