We weren’t planning on spending 2 weeks in the Mindelo marina, but we ended up deciding to do a bunch of boat jobs, including fitting a new solar panel, while also waiting for a weather window that started off with some days of less than 2.5m swell.
We also planned on heading out to the anchorage to wait for this window, but with everything, we were doing aboard, the extra convenience of being able to walk off the boat onto the dock was amazing. And the marina was too expensive.
A short taxi ride from the marina on the south side of the island was a little bay well known for its turtles.
We are not sure if the turtles naturally like coming to this bay, we heard that the locals of the beach treat them a little bit like pets feeding them etc (not ideal), which probably explains why they are always there and why the spot has touristy “turtle tours” etc.
Nonetheless, we went to check out the beach and turtles without the tour, and we were not disappointed, getting some of our best underwater turtle pics and vids yet.
This beach and experience were slightly ruined by a “crazy lady” that was at the beach swearing at people and even throwing rocks at 1 group of girls… No idea what was happening here, but everyone left the beach safely at the end of the day…
Santo Antão is the westernmost island of Cape Verde. We didn’t anchor there (not sure if you are actually allowed), so instead got up early in the morning with a group of Dutch friends to get the ferry over to the island.
We were once again following other folks to and around the island, meaning we would have to do less thinking for ourselves! Great!
Arriving at the island we headed for a coffee before then hunting around for a decent price taxi to get us to the top of the island.
And it was a great idea to get this taxi, as the journey took us up rather high and would have taken hours to walk or bus to etc.
The road up to the top of the island was rather beautifully paved but was cobblestone, so riding in the back of a pickup truck was interesting at times.
As we got higher the air began to cool, it was wonderful.
Once at the top of the island we could walk up and out of the canyon, an down the other side of the island, where the same taxi would be waiting for us at the beach.
The walk was absolutely beautiful, the canyon was full of greenery, and as we descended the far side of the island we were surrounded by irrigated fields, trees, plants, and animals.
We stopped for lunch at a little restaurant in a town before the beach where we had spaghetti for 10. Realizing we were slightly behind schedule we had to grab another taxi for the last 45 minutes of walking, down toward the beach we were being collected from.
Spotting our actual taxi (the pickup truck) halfway toward the beach, we got out and switched over.
The journey back around the island was just as beautiful. We would see the rather small swell coming in from the north, ideally, this is what we would be setting off in in the coming days.
While we were in Mindelo, the world cup was in full swing.
This led to multiple trips to the local Irish sports bar to watch the Netherlands play with our friends (and England of course).
Just up the road, there was a very tasty ice cream shop.
We also had multiple meals out in various groups, and many many many beers at the floating bar in the Marina.