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Old 05-01-2014, 13:49   #1
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Wintering in the Cape Verde Islands

Hi. Has anyone on CSF ever wintered in the Cape Verdes?
We are currently in the South of France and it's not too warm here!
My better half wants to be somewhere warm next year and so do I!!! Any information will be thankfully received.
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Re: wintering in the Cape Verde Islands

I would suggest the Canary Islands or even say Lagos in Portugal, before the Verdes

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I'd suggest Portimao over Lagos... its a bit wet December till March but Portimao seems to get less rain than Lagos... also you have the option of the anchorage just across from the marina and want to keep costs down... if it blows you can be in the marina 5mins after the hooks up..
The Canaries is nice.. but.. if your not planning a crossing its a 675 mile beat back up to the Straits... or.. up to Madeira and then the Azores in May... well worth the mileage..
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Yes but portimao is a dump these days. The town marina up near the bridge is now beside a run down area with little in it.

At least in Lagos , you have a nice marina , right beside a nice town

But agree Re rain

And yes getting back to the med , can be a bit of a scrum from the canaries.

( banana east or west Phil , which do you rate best getting back , I'm 2:1 for the banana west , but I like the Madeiras


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Re: wintering in the Cape Verde Islands

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My better half wants to be somewhere warm next year and so do I!!! Any information will be thankfully received.
The canaries must have one of the finer climates in the world.
Not many anchorages though.
If you can stretch to a marina then San Sebastian in LA Gomera is well worth a look, beautiful island.
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The canaries must have one of the finer climates in the world.
Not many anchorages though.
If you can stretch to a marina then San Sebastian in LA Gomera is well worth a look, beautiful island.
I doubt anyone would winter in an anchorage , would they, generally berths are cheap in the off season.

Marina prices have crept up in the canaries in recent years. Including in San Sebastián de la Gomera

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Entrance.. breakwater, marina and anchorage across the way...
There's no marina up by the bridge unless you mean Club Naval..
Portimao marina is part of a 4* hotel/rental complex.. excellent services, English speaking friendly staff with superb haulout facilities on the right bank of the river 1/2mile upstream.
A 10min walk takes you to Pria de Rocha and superb beaches..
Across the river is Ferragudo.. a nice fishing village with some good restaurants and bars..
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Boatie , that's the one down at pria de Rocha. I don't regard that as portimao and its a soulless place in winter and not much better in summer. I stayed there last year. Yes I mean what I always called the town marina , up near where the bus station used to be and is now a kind of plaza.

Portimao is utterly down at heal compared to 20 years ago. I was shocked

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Boatie , that's the one down at pria de Rocha. I don't regard that as portimao and its a soulless place in winter and not much better in summer. I stayed there last year. Yes I mean what I always called the town marina , up near where the bus station used to be and is now a kind of plaza.

Portimao is utterly down at heal compared to 20 years ago. I was shocked

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Well I holidayed down in Ferragudo in August and it was buzzing then... but lets face it.. Brightons pretty dead in winter..
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Well I holidayed down in Ferragudo in August and it was buzzing then... but lets face it.. Brightons pretty dead in winter..
But in my experience Lagos for example isn't , I was there last year in mid Nov , and January, these a good marina network if you like the nautical equivalent of the women's institute kind of thing , the town has lots of good reasonable restaurants etc.

But then I'm partial to Lagos

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Yes but portimao is a dump these days. The town marina up near the bridge is now beside a run down area with little in it.

At least in Lagos , you have a nice marina , right beside a nice town

But agree Re rain

And yes getting back to the med , can be a bit of a scrum from the canaries.

( banana east or west Phil , which do you rate best getting back , I'm 2:1 for the banana west , but I like the Madeiras


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La Gomera.. nice anchorage on the SW side... up to Madeira, on to Faial then through the islands and back to the Algarve..
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La Gomera.. nice anchorage on the SW side... up to Madeira, on to Faial then through the islands and back to the Algarve..
I've sailed the canaries extensively , I wouldn't say there is a single anchorage that's safe in the place , maybe hiding behind the new wall at Vale gran rey, now since anchoring inside the wall at San Sebastián is verboten , what with the small yacht channel being established.

As to Faial,( from the canaries ) ???? To go too the algarve , are you on a world cruise of what. !!!!!

Madeira -> Lagos direct for me.

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Re: Wintering in the Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verd Islands for a whole winter would be a bit horrible if its still like when i was last there 14 years ago.
Theres no real culture there as its an import from Africa.
I dont know what the facilities are like either.
But the recent ARC had a group stop in there so maybe jump on the World Cruising Club website and ask.
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Re: Wintering in the Cape Verde Islands

Hi, I live in Gran Canaria, in the marina of Pasito Blanco.
Depends on what You are looking for. If You are looking for a warm winter, here is about 22-24 degrees C during the day and 17-19 degrees c during night time. It is a very quiet place, maybe a bit expensive but as I said, depends on what You are looking for. Bienvenido al puerto deportivo de Pasito Blanco — Pasito Blanco
Any information that I can find for You about any place in the Canaries, I am please to find for You.
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