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Cost of meals etc

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Cost of meals etc

Can anyone shed some light on cost of meals, drinks etc. We are not going all inclusive and can't find any info on this. Also what about cost of any excursions?

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1. Re: Cost of meals etc

It’s not cheap by developing world standards as a lot of food and drink is imported. As always though, prices vary a lot. In tourist areas (e.g., Santa Maria) you’ll probably pay 800 - 1000CVE (say €8-10) for a fish main course and about 150CVE for a small 25cl beer. Away from Santa Maria prices drop to about 500-800CVE and 100CVE respectively. Of the 3 islands we visited we found Sal the most expensive and Santiago the cheapest. A plate of cachupa in a Praia café will be about 250CVE.

Didn’t bother with organised excursions – IMHO they’re not necessary as car hire is readily available and the aluguer and taxi service is good. Also it’s impossible to get really lost on any of the islands.

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2. Re: Cost of meals etc

Hi, as Barbs66 says the food isn't expecially cheap but it will not break the bank .

Re organised trips we took three through Thomson, a day on a boat (£60 ish each)which was great fun complete with fish bolognaise, lots of beers and cole etc and the captain and crew entertained us by playing guitar and singing a few songs.

We also went on a 1/2 day tour in a Land Rover to the few sights on Sal - ok and I think about £30 each, maybe just hire a taxi and ask them to show you around.

The final trip was a flight and tour around Sau Nicalau - expensive at about £200 each I think, but worth every penny if you can manage it! The island is facinating and totally unspoilt plus the locals were amazingly friendly - a total contrast to Sal we found.

Have fun!

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3. Re: Cost of meals etc

I agree with the other posters. We were AI but ate out in SM a few times - from the lavish to a lucnh snack. Our bill for the following came to just over 32,000 escardos (at 110 per euro)

1 fish special (650 escuardos)

1 Lasagne and chips (850 esc)

1 pizza (700 esc for mararita and was huge)

1 litre wine (900 esc)

2 cokes

side order of chips

not cheap by developing countires - but stick to local speciaity dishes and local drinks and you can do it cheaper

Enjoy it - we loved it

Sx

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4. Re: Cost of meals etc

Beware imported wine in restaurants (Italian / Portuguese) can be anyhing around 15 - 20 + euros a bottle, better to stick to local wine, palatable .... just !!!!!

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Not quite sure what local wines you refer to Surrey. Grogue is by far and away the most popular alcoholic drink on CV. The only readily available local wine in CV is from the co-operative on Fogo made under the “Cha” label. There is also a home made sweetish red (Manecon) but you can’t get that in shops. The conditions on Fogo are perfect for viticulture so the Cha wine – especially the red - is pretty good (better than a lot of the cheap imported stuff from Europe). Supply is limited though and it’s also severely marked up outside Fogo (in Santa Maria I think it was about €12 and marketed heavily as a tourist novelty). Portuguese wine of variable quality seemed to be the de facto table wine and that was about half the price of the Cha.

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6. Re: Cost of meals etc

The wine I refer to was indeed the stuff from Fogo - hardly a classic though !!

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