Why Cape Verde Is the Second Most Searched-for Spot on Earth

Turquoise waters, blazing, year-round sunshine, immaculate beaches, wildlife adventures, water sports, exciting culture – as a holiday destination, could there be a better place than Cape Verde?

And there’s more. The volcanic landscapes make for exhilarating hiking. A lively music festival and carnival scene brings dancing and vivacity to the streets. Direct flights from the UK take less than six hours – and with negligible time difference, there’s not even jet lag to contend with.

Cape Verde has risen in prominence on the world travel stage over the past decade and a half, and it’s not hard to understand why.

In 2017, research that analysed Google travel-related searches for 50 holiday destinations around the world, made by British people, found that Cape Verde now dominates the second spot – ahead of Amsterdam, Malta, Dubai, and the Maldives – with only Barcelona ahead of it.


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With so much to recommend it, the tropical archipelago of Cape Verde is proving to be a magnet for British holidaymakers, generating a massive 230,000 searches a month in 2017.

The African Islands the Whole World Wants to Visit

It’s hardly surprising that the country is now the second most searched-for spot on Earth. And it’s not just earning the attention of Brits. Over the past 12 years, Cape Verde has shown the greatest increase in global Google search interest, according to the Global Travel Search Index.

With a spike of more than 3,000% since 2004, it seems that more people than ever before, are considering Cape Verde for their next sunshine getaway. And with good reason.

The country’s laidback, no-stress lifestyle, its rustic and undiscovered feel, perpetual climate, and mouth-watering local cuisine make Cape Verde the ideal destination for indulgence and relaxation. And, with so much to see and do on the Islands, it’s just as ideal for those who prefer a busier itinerary as well.


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Rising Tourism in Cape Verde

But it’s not just a passing online interest that Cape Verde is generating. These online searches are translating directly into actual visits.

The most recent data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) reveals that Cape Verde received some 578,000 international tourist arrivals in 2017 – and this number is only expected to grow over the next decade.

By 2027, the WTTC predicts that 728,000 people will visit Cape Verde, generating expenditure of CVE 78.8 billion.


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What Makes Cape Verde So Popular?

There are so many reasons why Cape Verde has become such a sought-after tourist hotspot in recent years.

Wildlife Adventures

From paddling with lemon sharks at Shark Bay, to whale watching and dolphin watching from the safety of a boat, Cape Verde offers fantastic opportunities get up close and personal to some of Mother Nature’s most fascinating and magnificent creatures.

The country also plays host to the third most important nesting site in the world for the giant loggerhead turtle. Turtle watching tours are a big attraction on the Islands and at the right time of year you can witness the babies hatch and scramble down to the lapping shores beneath the moonlight.

Water Sports Galore

Cape Verde is also one of the very best destinations in the world for water sports.

Both windsurfing and kitesurfing are extremely popular on the Islands (as is regular surfing), and there are plenty of opportunities for beginners and experienced riders alike.

The archipelago’s position in the Atlantic Ocean creates the perfect conditions for these extreme sports and there are many outlets offering equipment hire and lessons for holidaymakers of all experience and ability.

Endless Beaches and Crystal Clear Waters

Cape Verde is a beach-lover’s paradise.

Visitors are absolutely spoilt for choice when they come to the country. On the Island of Boa Vista alone, there are 55km of sandy shores that stretch as far as the eye can see, with each beach and cove offering something new and different to explore.

Children, of course, love playing in the sand. From building sandcastles to flying kites and ball games, there’s nothing quite like letting your hair down and chasing around on a golden-white-sanded beach.

And the waters are just as warm and beckoning. The snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities on Cape Verde are some of the very best anywhere in the world. There are ship wrecks to explore, stunning reefs and tropical fish to get acquainted with – underwater sight-seeing has never been so invigorating.

5-Star Luxury Resorts

Regardless of all the sun, sea, sand and endless activities, a destination is only ever as popular as the luxury of the accommodation available.

Here at The Resort Group PLC, we have five completed luxury Resorts that are all extremely popular and a huge boon to the burgeoning tourist economy. These include the MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa, the MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort, the MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa, the TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde Resort & Spa, and the Sol Dunas Beach Resort – and we will soon be adding the magnificent White Sands Hotel & Spa on the sunshine Island of Boa Vista to this list.

Being built to provide the ultimate in deluxe guest experiences, the White Sands Hotel & Spa features six swimming pools with swim-up bars, six themed restaurants offering a range of fine dining experiences, a range of bars and nightclubs, children’s facilities, tennis courts, beach ball courts, and the world-famous YHI Spa.

With so much on offer, it’s not hard to imagine how popular the White Sands Hotel & Spa will become as a tourist attraction when the doors open.

And the great news is that we now have a fantastic investment offer for anyone interested in purchasing a Cape Verde property at this amazing Resort.

The offer provides fixed returns for the first three years from the opening of the Resort. This is set at 5% in Year 1, 6% in Year 2, and 7% in Year 3. Thereafter, investors enjoy a consistent on-going return generated by The Resort Group PLC’s Hotel Managed Program, which is backed by the thriving tourism market and guaranteed contracts with tour operators.

And this is in addition to a minimum capital growth projection of 5% p.a., and all while investors still get the chance to use their fantastic Cape Verde property at the White Sands Hotel & Spa as their very own holiday home in the sun, for up to five weeks every single year.

This investment deal really is very special and means that not only will investors reap all the financial rewards of owning their own buy-to-let property in the second most sought-after holiday destination on Earth, but they can enjoy all the wonderful seas, sights and sands that make Cape Verde so popular, for themselves as well.

To find out more about the fantastic Cape Verde property investment opportunities available at the White Sands Hotel & Spa, or if you would like to book a VIP “Try Before You Buy” Investor’s Tour of the development, please get in touch with The Resort Group PLC today.