Cape Verde

Cape Verde Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Cape Verde
Most roads in the main cities on the islands of Santiago, Sal, and São Vicente, are now asphalt. On Fogo, Brava, Maio, São Nicolau, and Boa Vista the roads are narrow, winding, and mostly cobblestone which can be slippery after rain. Also driving abroad in Cape Verde during the rainy season can be hazardous as mudslides and large falling rocks are common on roads that cut through mountains. In Villages, houses tend to be situated close to the road so you should be alert for children and animals running out in front of your vehicle. Take particular care at night. Drinking and driving can be a problem, and you should take extra care if driving at weekends or holidays when you’re most likely to encounter a drunk behind the wheel. Traffic tends to be light on the Islands and general driving style is laid back if erratic at times.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Cape Verde Car Rental –
Hertz, Europcar, Avis,  all have branches on the Islands.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Cape Verde. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on


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