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Holiday Pleasure To The Cape Verde Islands

Well, we are getting into that very busy time of year in the Atlantic. Irene won’t bother us, but we can empathize with folks along the eastern seaboard.

Right now the only other customer is a new Tropical Depression, way out near Africa. It may intensify, but is forecast to head northward and not bother our side of the Atlantic.

But do we ever have to worry about storms that form way out by Africa? Do these so-called “Cape Verde” storms (so named for the Cape Verde Islands that lie nearby) ever reach the Gulf?

The answer is yes! In fact, three of the five most recent major evacuations of our city were caused by systems that formed way out there- Andrew in 1992 formed in the eastern Atlantic at 35 W longitude, Georges in 1998 formed at 25 W, and Ivan in 2004 at 29 W.


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If you are thinking about going on holidays to Cape Verde, it is a great choice to make. Cape Verde is a very interesting place. The country consists of 10 islands, and they are about 300 miles off the West Coast of Africa and south-east of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean. The Cape Verde islands were uninhabited for most of its history, and the Portuguese settled in only in the 15th century. The place is small, with a population of 500,000. The local people are mainly “creoles”, meaning mixtures of Europeans and Africans who have lived there for centuries now. Interestingly, the men have more European-Middle Eastern genetic mixture (84.1%) and the women have more West African DNA (90%). They speak a Cape Verdean creole language which is a mixture of Portuguese and African with a lot of slang words, but the official language is Portuguese. Of course, with it being a former Portuguese colony, it is mainly Catholic, about 85 percent. There are other people that live there, too: Chinese (about 3,000, just like in so many other “creole” islands, like Mauritius or in the West Indies) but also Brasilians, Europeans, and West Africans from the mainland. It is a very politically stable place and very safe, with a very low crime rate. That is always good for tourists to know. In fact, that is why more people come to live in Cape Verde than immigrate from it.

That is probably the surest sign of a country doing well for its citizens. The newest international airport in Cape Verde is the Sao Pedro Airport, opened in 2009. The hotels are concentrated on two islands – Boa Vista and Sal – with Sal having Africa’s largest hotel, Club Hotel Riu Funana/Garopa (1000 rooms). Those two islands, plus Maio, are the most popular islands for tourists. Cape Verde provides a typical beach type holiday. There are the usual touristy/beach activities like diving, windsurfing, and sailing. Also, you can find some mountain activities, trekking, and ecotourism, particularly around the volcano Pico do Fogo. There is only one real cultural attraction (a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cidade Velha), because of the island’s historic role in the slave trade and the colonisation of the Americas. It was actually the first European colony in the tropics. But it is not really a place for that kind of historical tourism. It is great sun, sea, and sand, in a peaceful environment. Most tourists to Cape Verde come from the UK, France, Portugal, and Germany. In 2011, they received almost as many tourists as the entire local population! Going on holidays to Cape Verde is a great choice, and a decision you won’t regret.


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Well it certainly appears that the 2006 Atlantic Tropical Hurricane Season is well on its way and the islands off the coast of Africa tell it like they see it. The Cape Verde Islands right off the coast of Africa see the hot air coming off the African Continent meet the ocean and begin to form what will often become Hurricanes. Each year as the weather shifts the strong winds coming off the coast of Africa and pass over the Cape Verde Islands signaling the state of the Cape Verde Hurricane Season. A season within a Season if you will. Many of the most deadly Hurricanes are in August and September the warmest time of the year and the time when local ocean surface temperatures of the coast of the United States are at their warmest.

In fact if we take a look at Hurricane Ernesto as it crumbled and re-formed and then struck landfall again in South Carolina we can see this case in point. The Cape Verde Hurricane Season will be noticed well into October and we can expect more Hurricanes, whose origins start out there by the Cape Verde Islands to hit eventually hit the United States and make landfall. How many more Hurricanes will we get in the 2006 Atlantic Tropical Hurricane Season? Well no one knows for sure but the number now being kicked around is 4-5. So consider all this in 2006.