Boa Vista (island) – this island is the closest that faces the African mainland (proximate to Senegal and Mauritania). Thus, hot winds from that region tend to reach this island (making it the hottest and driest anywhere in Cape Verde). Boa Vista is known for its white sand beaches (such as Praia da Chave beach, and Santa Mónica beach – named after the California city) and Estoril dunes.
Eco-tourists come here to see the loggerhead turtles that are found here. This island is the third most important nesting site in the world for this endangered species (coming ashore from May to September to lay their eggs on the beach). Locals and international environmentalists (such as the Spanish organization “Natura 2000”) make efforts to protect them, along with tracking their migratory routes.