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 Mindelo (Sao Vicente) - Shore Services

Communications

International phone calls from the Post Office.
All phone numbers are now 7 digits.

WiFi at the marina is both expensive and slow. The marina however are now giving 100MB free WiFi upon check in of each yacht, so that the clients can test the quality and velocity of the marina internet before purchasing further data packs.

There is an Internet Café on the waterfront. On the second floor of the restaurant, Cocktail, not far from the marina. There you can use your own computer and the internet speed is reasonable.

There is also free WiFi in the main square (Amilcar Cabral) as well as in some nearby bars & restaurants.

Banks

There are 4 ATMs within a 5 minute walk of the marina. It is recommended you only use them in daylight unless you are with several other people.

Laundry

Laundry service is available through the marina office. Clearly labeled laundry bags need to be left by the marina office at 09:00 each morning with a completed laundry form in order to be returned later that afternoon.

Provisions

Provisioning in Mindelo has improved and there is now a fairly well assorted supermarket, "Fragata", just down town 5 minutes from the marina. They will help deliver your purchases by supermarket trolley to the marina if asked. There is also a gross market where larger quantities can be purchased at fair prices.

There are fresh fruit and vegetable markets in Mindelo and Praia, which vary in variety and quality with the seasons. Also a fish market on the waterfront.

There are also three good bakeries providing fresh bread.

Transport & Travel

There are flights to and from Lisbon (Portugal) on Saturdays (pm) and Tuesdays (am). There are daily inter-island flights to the other international airports on the islands.

Ferries operate between all of the inhabited islands. Praia to Mindelo is an overnight ferry journey, stopping in Sao Nicolau.

Taxis From the airport São Pedro taxis take you to Mindelo for approximately 8 Euros. A supplement applies after nightfall.
Atlantic Car Mindelo
Avenida Dr. Baltasar Lopes da Silva, 102, Mindelo
Tel:238 231 70 32 / 238 991 62 29 (Available anytime) Fax:238 232 70 32
Has a wide variety of car hire options.

Computer/Photo/Video

Digital
Rua Senador Vera Cruz, Mindelo
Computer services. A 5 minute walk from the marina.

Medical/Health

Medicentro & Hospital are a short taxi away from the Marina. Open Mon - Fri 07:30 - 21:00 / Sat 09:00 - 20:00.

Farmacia Do Leão
17, Rua de Lisboa, Mindelo
Tel:238 2326604
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 08:00 - 12:00
A short walk from the marina.

Activities

Sports and activities on the island include kite boarding, windsurfing, body boarding, horse back riding and diving.

E-Bike NOW
Tel:238 9515662
Rents electric bikes with GPS for tours around the island, providing a great way to explore the beautiful mountain views of Monte Verde. The tours are arranged for different levels of fitness so can be enjoyed by all. It is approximately 35 Euros per 4 hour tour.
Also horse riding and hiking.

Attractions

If you leave the pier and turn left past Clube Nautico there is a tourist information kiosk in the corner of a small park adjacent to the Post Office. Their English is very limited. Island maps available to buy for €14.80 (2010).

Mindelo is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde, famous singers like Cesaria Evora were born here and still shape the music scene.

It is recommended to visit the neighbour island Santo Antao for a day trip (or longer) to visit the spectacular volcanoes and fruit plantations which are cultivated all year around due to the high mountains. The ferry "Armas" goes back and forth twice a day, leaving Mindelo harbour at 8am and 3pm every day.

Restaurants & Bars

A small open air bar in the marina serves beers, coffee, spirits but no food. There is a modern complex with restaurant, bar, boutiques and a pool adjacent.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 21, 2017 05:38 PM

Posted on behalf of Stan Luyten:

I've spent a week anchored in the Bay of São Pedro, in the South of São Vicente, about 8 NM downwind from Mindelo, in the second week of February 2017.

There's a little bit of swell working itself into the bay, but only noticeable close to the beach. There's always a lot of wind, that seems to pick up around noon and at night. Early mornings and later afternoons seem to be calmer, although these wind accelerations can seem quite irregular. I've had at least one day without a calm period. Good ground tackle is therefore a must, though holding was excellent in black and white sand with a few isolated rocks. The best shelter is to be found close to the village. I relied on local knowledge and anchored between the fishing boats on permanent moorings. After a few days I decided to move closer still to the beach (in about 5m), where the wind is less ferocious. Locals told me wind direction can be changeable due to the mountains, so I also put a stern anchor. However during my stay the wind always blew from the valley.

Facilities on shore are minimal. There's a nice restaurant on the beach, owned and run by a French national. In town there are a few small shops and bars, but for fresh victuals one needs to take the minibus ("aluguer") or taxi to Mindelo (only 15min away). The nearest internet is at the airport next to the village (30min on foot, free). Fuel or water would have to be brought in jerrycans by local fishermen.

The beach is superb. Although windy, this is definitely a beautiful location. Visitors should be aware that the upwind sail to Mindelo can be challenging when the trade winds are strong, depending of course on the boat and its crew.

I definitely recommend a visit to this beautiful bay, but if your destination is Mindelo, don't underestimate the acceleration zone in the channel between the islands of São Vicente and Santo Antão. Be especially aware of very powerful gusts close to the capes (visible on the surface of the water).

Stan Luyten.
S/V Noctiluca

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 16, 2014 02:49 PM

See the report "Mindelo-Comments from Cruisers" posted in the right hand "Reports" column for further feedback from cruisers about this port.

Ulf
Ulf says:
Nov 28, 2013 07:26 PM

Right before the marina gate at the end of the jetty a local enterprise offers a laundry service EVERY day. Things are collected at 10:00 h and returned 17:00h the same day. It includes washing and drying. The quality is very good. The price is (also compared with self-service washing machines in some marinas) very competitive. So, a clear recommendation. For further details ask at the reception.

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