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- Great bar, 500yds South of Riu Palace….lovely walk….great sunsets and fantastic ambience….very good staff , whole place is nice a quirky!!!Written 11 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Visit the little café just by the water. Delicious food and good cocktailsWritten 13 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Enjoyed the history of the area and how the wreck had changed over 50 years. Needs to be tidied and people to leave less rubbish.Written 14 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A must visit beach if you're in Boa Vista! Absolutely beautiful - one of the best beaches I have seen!Written 26 September 2022
- Wednesday 17th November and we walked from our Hotel, Riu Karamboa, along the beach to Sal Rei.
Along the way we visited a number of beaches, however this is the last one and is alongside Sal Rei, with Praia Carlota to south.
There were a number of bars along the beach, sadly some of the bars were closed and falling into disrepair. Those that were open provided sunbeds, loungers and umbrellas for their guests.
Other visitors chose to spread their mats and towels along the dunes or on the white sand
For those more active visitors seeking thrills and excitement there is kite and wind surfing as well as diving.
There is always something to catch the eye here, perhaps it is an unusual piece of driftwood, a sand sculpture or even great views across to Ilheu de Sal Rei.
Dotted along the Beach are a plethora of misshaped stones, we found some that we thought resembled a variety of animals, it was fun and interesting just looking at them.Written 7 January 2022
- Sunday 14th November and we visited the Southwestern side of the Island on our Quad Zone Tour.
Travelling along the coast we visited a number of spectacular beaches and this one was no exception. It is located between Praia de Santa Monica and Praia Varadinho.
We zipped across the amazing dunes ending up on the beach where we parked up. We clambered up and down the massive white sand dunes ending up at the sea with it's crystal clean water and crashing waves.
We did stop briefly, again, at a viewpoint, from here we had a panoramic view along the beach, dunes, the ocean and mountainous background.
There are no facilities on the beach, including sunloungers and umbrellas so it remains totally unspoilt, simply beautiful.Written 6 January 2022
- Sunday 14th November and we were on a quad bike tour of the south west region of the Island.
We had been to visit the amazing Santa Monica Beach, our first stop, we then sped across the dunes to our next port of call which was here.
Having been here before we did not think that we could be impressed by here again, however, when we arrived we were amazed, once more, by what we saw.
Astounding rock formations and caves, which had been sculpted by nature and the elements over the centuries, were along the beach.
We clambered over the rocks and walked into the caves in total amazement at these wonderful structures.
This is another beautiful beach with white sand and turquoise sparkling sea, however the rocks and caves are the main attraction here.
As the current and waves were not as powerful here as at Santa Monica Beach, it was possible for us to have a swim here.Written 19 November 2021
- This stretch of glorious white sand with crystal clear waters is located, along the coast between Praia Carlota to the North and Praia de Chaves to the South. It is also where Riu Palce Boa Vista and Riu Karamboa hotels are, we spent two weeks at the Karamboa, from 9th to 23rd November. We were regular visitors to this beach, spent many enjoyable hours here.
At times this beach is referred to as Praia de Chaves, presume this is for administrative purposes, understandable as it sits at the tail end of that beach. However it is a beach with it's name and identity.
For ease of identification we assumed the the beach commenced at Chaminie de Chaves at the south and ended at Praia Carlota to the north. When climatic conditions are aligned the beaches of Praia das Dunas and Carlota are separated by a river flowing between the two. When we walked here there was no river but the lagoon/river was visible at the back of the beach.
Chaminie de Chaves is the remains of an old brick factory, its chimney is a beacon along the beach. There is a really nice bar/restaurant there.
As there are no facilities along the beach, the hotels provide sunloungers and static umbrellas for their guests. There are showers when re-entering the Hotel. The beach did appear to be rather exclusive for Riu Hotel guests.
As the Hotel (Karamboa) was on the beach it was very easy to walk to the Praia Aqua Bar, for drinks to take to the beach. Or to have lunch at the informal Las Dunas Restaurant.
This is a great area for walking or strolling, exit the hotel and turn right and walk to Sal Rei, it takes about an hour. Fancy a shorter walk then turn left and head for Chaminie de Chaves, about twenty-five minutes away.
Also on the beach, towards Praia Carlota is Scuba Caribe, were it is possible to book, diving, snorkeling and boat tours, all subject to the weather.
There is also a Lifeguard on duty along the beach. It is important that visitors carefully follow their instructions and only swim when they are on duty. At times the current, waves and tide can be extremely strong. Lifeguard lookout posts along the beach were rather imposing.Written 5 January 2022
- Wednesday 17th November and we walked from our Hotel, Riu Karamboa, along the beach to Sal Rei. The walk took about an hour, it was hard going at times but definitely worth it
This stretch of glorious white sand with crystal clear waters is also known as Bahia Beach. It is located, along the coast between Praia do Estoril to the North and Praia das Dunas to the South.
When climatic conditions are aligned the beaches of Praia das Dunas and Carlota are separated by a river flowing between the two. When we walked here there was no river but the lagoon/river was visible at the back of the beach.
We also walked past a nautical beacon/lighthouse which is situated along the dunes of the beach.
There are a number of beach bars dotted along the Beach, some were up and running, hopefully the others will reopen later in the season. As well as providing food and drinks, they also provide sunloungers and umbrellas.
As there are no facilities along the beach, the bars and restaurants are ideal places to spend a few hours, or the day, relaxing and enjoying this beautiful beach.
Due to the constant wind and the size of waves, this is an ideal spot for wind and kite surfing. It is popular with surfers and home to Kite Surfing School.
Whilst walking along here we saw a few other walkers, some surfers and diners in the bars and using the sunbeds. It could be deemed to be practically deserted, so peaceful and calming.Written 5 January 2022
- Sunday 14th November the final stop on our Quad Zone Tour was at this rather special promontory in the Nature Reserve.
We parked up along the headland and took the opportunity to enjoy the diverse landscape including the beach, dunes, coastal cliffs and vegetation. The beach with it's golden sand and crystal clear waters stretch for a kilometre along the coast.
The nature reserve covers most of the southwestern side of the Island, and is name after the small mountain, Morro de Areia. It stands at 167 metres above sea level and provides the perfect backdrop for this unspoilt area.
From our viewing point on the headland we could also see along the coast to another long golden sandy beach, Playa Chaves.
This was a great place for our last stop on the tour before the drive back to Rabil.Written 20 December 2021
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