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The third stop on our jeep tour through the most beautiful southwest beaches of Boa Vista was Praia da Varandinha. Correct me Jorge, if I am wrong, but varandinha is a diminutive version of varanda, similar to English veranda, so it translates as "a little balcony". Varandinha may be the most photogenic beach on Boa Vista. There are more photographed beaches but for different reasons. Santa Monica Beach is the most paradisiac and I will show it to you later. Santa Monica is very much flat though with perfect sand and perfect water nothing else in miles. Varandinha has fantastic rock formations, quite a rare sight on Boa Vista. Again, this beach is simply impossible to find without a guide. There are no road signs really at certain point, just sand, and not a real road. If you use your phone as a satnav, you will pay more for the phone usage and roaming than for the taxi, and taxis are not cheap unless you are really good in bargaining.

Cape Verde Islands, similarly to Canary Islands are of volcanic origin. The most notable example of it the the island of Fogo, which was recently an active volcano. Boa Vista is the most flat of all Cape Verde Islands, which means that it is the oldest and its volcanoes have already eroded over time. Praia da Varandinha is one of the places where you can witness the volcanic origin of the island by enjoying the amazing rock formations.

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