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The city of Praia lies just 11 miles southeast of Santiago.
Fresh air and wide-open spaces await at Prainha Beach, 13 miles to the southeast. Few things can beat some time spent at the beach.
Join local fans at Estadio da Varzea, home of the Sporting Clube da Praia and CD Trovadores. To take in a match, head 13 miles southeast to Praia. Afterwards, pour out of the stadium and into a nearby bar. Whether it's to bask in the glory or commiserate in defeat, look for somewhere decked out in the team colors of green and gold and join in for a drink or two.
Try to get out to Sao Lourenco dos Orgaos. It's approximately 0.9 miles away from Santiago, and where you'll find Porto Madeira and Parque Natural Serra da Malagueta. If you still have the time to see more of this part of the world, go to Rui Vaz and swing by Espinho Branco and market. They are just 3 miles out of Santiago.
If you'd like to head outdoors and try something new, you'll find some energizing things to do here. Let off some steam and try mountain climbing and hiking.
Need to melt away some stress? Spend an afternoon shore fishing, sunbathing or partaking in any of the other outdoor activities this region has available.
Take a break from sightseeing and spend a relaxing afternoon swimming and snorkeling.
Searching for something out in the open that everyone can enjoy? This region boasts some pleasant open-air markets.
Trying new foods is about more than just filling your stomach. It's a window into a region's personality.
Visitors are sure to see an abundance of cabbage and tuna, two of the most popular regional ingredients.
Any foodie worth their salt should ensure they experience catchupa (slow boiled stew) and carne gizado (stewed meat and vegetables) before moving on to other local dishes.
Order some papauya candy (sweet) after your meal. This delectable dessert is impossible to say no to.
Don't leave without tasting Ponche (cocktail with brogue, lime and molasses). This spirit is perfect for those that are fond of a hard drink.
In your preparations to head off on your adventures, why not memorize a selection of useful phrases in Portuguese? Como te chamas? is Portuguese for what's your name. Good night is another nice one to have at your disposal, so try pronouncing Boa noite.
The 5th of July is the day of the year when the whole country will commemorate Independence Day. There's sure to be plenty of festivities to enjoy if you are here then.
Oh, if only vacations could last forever. However, you'll have to bid "Até logo" to Santiago sooner or later. At least once you get home you'll have loads of wonderful tales to tell!
To catch your flight home, make your way to the nearest airport. It's 12 miles to the southeast.
As there are no Santiago hotels listed with Expedia, some people find it convenient to stay in Santa Cruz, which is situated around 5 miles away. The most comfortable options in Santa Cruz are the Villa Morgana Cape Verde Resort and Hotel Edu Horizonte.
Situated in Praia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Estadio da Varzea and Prainha Beach. Fort Real de Sao Filipe is 7.6 mi (12.2 km) away.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Prainha Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Estadio da Varzea. Santiago and Fort Real de Sao Filipe are also within 9 mi (15 km).
This family-friendly Praia hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prainha Beach and Estadio da Varzea. Santiago and Fort Real de Sao Filipe are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Praia, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prainha Beach and Estadio da Varzea. Fort Real de Sao Filipe is 7.8 mi (12.5 km) away.
Located in the heart of Praia, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Estadio da Varzea and Prainha Beach. Fort Real de Sao Filipe is 8.1 mi (13 km) away.
Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prainha Beach and Estadio da Varzea. Fort Real de Sao Filipe is 8 mi (12.8 km) away.
Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Prainha Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Estadio da Varzea. Santiago and Fort Real de Sao Filipe are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Tarrafal Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Tarrafal Camp. Tabanka Museum and Pedra Badejo Municipal Mall are also within 25 mi (40 km).