Boa Vista Island (which name means “good view” in Portuguese) is the easternmost of the Cape Verde Islands. It is located in the archipelago's Barlavento group. Boa Vista is known for the traditional music and marine turtles, as well as its ultramarathon, sand dunes and beautiful beaches. The island also constitutes the Boa Vista municipality, which has two parishes - Sao Joao Baptista and Santa Isabel.
Boa Vista Island has a total population of around 11,000, a land area of 620 km2 (240 mi2), length of 31 km (19,3 mi) and a width of 29 km (18 mi) and highest elevation point (Monte Estância) 387 m (1270 ft).
On the island, there are a college, middle school, high school, churches, large hotels and a cruise port that underwent an expansion in early to mid-2010.
Many vacation villas and hotels had popped up in the south and west parts of the isle, and west of Rabil and in Curral Velho when they were connected with newly paved roads.
Boa Vista Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Boa Vista Island Cabo Verde dock (anchor) at Sal Rei - port town on the northwestern coast.