Why carry an IDP while driving in Cape Verde?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Cape Verde highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Cape Verde
Go island-hopping in Cape Verde. Explore this beautiful African island and see the famous shipwreck of Santa Maria. Drive your own car to go from your hotel to exciting new destinations. Check some traffic rules this country has to maximize your driving experience. Cape Verde is a tropical island, so there is no winter. Avoid travelling and driving during the rainy season. Roads are extremely slippery. Plan your trip carefully.
Important Reminders for driving in Cape Verde:
- You drive on the right side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 18 years old.
- Seat belts are a must.
- Child-restraint is a must. Children should sit at the back of the car.
- The speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas and 80 km/h on highways.
- Third-party insurance is mandatory.
- Always give way to pedestrians.
- Be sure to rent a 4×4 vehicle.
- Only pay fines at police stations. Do not bribe police officers.
Roads in Cape Verde:
Cabo Verde has an extensive road system. Asphalt roads previously were relatively uncommon, except for airport connector roads. However, on the islands of Santiago, Sal, and São Vicente, many urban and rural roads are now asphalt.
On the other islands (Fogo, Brava, Maio, São Nicolau, and Boa Vista), some roads are still narrow, winding, and mostly cobblestone, though an increasing number of roads are asphalt.
Although a clear improvement in terms of the country’s overall transportation infrastructure, the new asphalt roads often lack speed bumps and as a result enable a degree of reckless, high-speed driving previously unseen in Cabo Verde.
During the rainy season, cobblestone roads are especially slippery, and mud and rockslides are common on roads that cut through mountains.
Driving in Cape Verde during Winter:
Cape Verde is a tropical island, so there is no winter. Avoid travelling and driving during rainy season. Roads are extremely slippery. Plan your trip carefully.
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