Cape Verde Car Hire
Car Hire or Rental by the week
This is available on Sal, Sao Vicente, Santiago and Boa Vista from Cape
Verde Jetaway and with more difficulty on most other islands. Many hire
cars are poorly maintained and dirty. Do not expect any reply to emails
in English. Do not expect the desks to be manned after mid-day. INTERNATIONAL
BRANDS are no better than locals just more expensive as they are all franchised
and not policed by HQ. You need a 4x4 to get anywhere interesting on any
Cape Verde islands. Suzuki Jimnys cost around £350 per week.
E from Grenoble did not book in advance and had trouble
"We hired a car and found it at the airport, but there was nobody
to explain it to us as they could only speak Portuguese. When the time came
to return it there was no paper work and we did not know where to take it.
Fortunately one of the tour reps, spoke Portuguese and was able to find
the owner and find out where to take it. We wanted to pay, but they should
not be so trusting. "
K&C from Sussex were lucky to find one in town but received no warning about
" We hired a car from Santa Maria- nice fleet of white jeeps, deposit
was £90 cash, rate was £42 a day if pay cash or £45 on
credit card. Best to go 09.00-10.30 to catch the man in charge before he
goes home.. The police had their version of a road block outside Murdeira
checking foreigners driving licences and fining you if you didn't have yours
about your person "
A from Guernsey felt a 4x4 to be essential and booked in advance with Cape
"we’re back from Santiago in one piece ! – thank you for your help with
the hire car – all worked out seamlessly. Also thanks for your advice to
use a 4x4 - ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL in my view. The island was as you described
– we didn’t venture into Praia & didn’t encounter any unpleasant people
– just the opposite in fact – the (few) people we rubbed shoulders with
were really friendly & helpful – though we were quite “taken aback” by the
poverty & general way of life etc."
Avoid Hertz and Avis as they are more expensive but no better
Avis Praia called the police when we complained about the repeated breakdowns
of their hire car, which came with a dead battery.