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Why rent a car in Boa Vista?

Boa Vista means ‘beautiful view’ in Portuguese, and that’s a fact you’ll be able to confirm many times over as you travel around the idyllic island by hire car. The easternmost of the Cape Verde Islands, closest to the African coast, Boa Vista boasts incredible natural beauty across its beaches and lunar-like interior landscapes. There’s also plenty of history and culture here to lend the island a broad appeal, especially for an unseasonal break.

With a hire car you’ll be able to make the most of your break by venturing all around the island, not just staying in the main town of Sal Rei to enjoy the beaches, surfing, snorkelling, diving and exotic food options, but also checking out nearby Rabil. Don’t forget your camera to record the spectacular sights of the Viana Desert, before relaxing on the superb white-sand beach, Praia de Chaves.

How to get to and around Boa Vista?

Fly into Rabil International Airport on Boa Vista in the Cape Verde Islands, and from there it’s only a 12-minute drive to the island’s main town of Sal Rei.

With a hire car at your disposal, you can explore other locations across the island such as Espingueira, just over half an hour’s drive to the east, taking in the incredible moonlike landscapes of this unspoiled island. The beaches here are serene and may even be used by sea turtles for nesting and laying their eggs. Just perfect for completely escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Hiring a car in city centre

What brands are available?

Choose from a selection of hire car providers in Boa Vista to suit every budget and requirement. Hertz and Kayak rental cars are available on the island.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Boa Vista

In Sal Rei, Boa Vista’s main settlement, you’ll find the best choice of food on the island. The historical highlight of Boa Vista lies just off the coast on an islet – the 19th century Forte Duque de Bragança (or Forte de Sal Rei) which was built to protect the harbour from the threat of pirates.

Beyond Sal Rei lies the wonderful Santa Monica Beach (15 miles due south). Here the surf can be thrilling, the beach is great for windsurfing and kitesurfing, and the atmosphere of this beautiful outpost close to paradise. While you’re driving around the coast, you should bear in mind that the waters off the Cape Verde Islands are regularly navigated by migrating humpback whales. You can take a boat trip to get a still closer look. A few miles further on from Santa Monica Beach lies the eerie deserted village of Curral Velho – well worth a visit!

Tips and tricks for driving in Boa Vista

Driving in Boa Vista is largely straightforward as there is little traffic on the island, travelling between the idyllic secluded beaches. If you are intending to drive to some of the island’s less accessible beaches, it would be wise to ask your car rental provider about the suitability and availability of a 4x4.

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FAQs for car hire in Boa Vista

What’s the best price car rental in Boa Vista?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Boa Vista.

What’s the average car rental price in Boa Vista?

On average, car rentals in Boa Vista are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia Rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Boa Vista?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Boa Vista?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.