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Cabo Verde: Puerto Rico’s Fraternal Twin

PR’s Fraternal twin is part of the Still The Best Trip Report.


When the sun went down suddenly in Sal, Cabo Verde at 6 PM, I was surprised. Where was I, Puerto Rico? I had to cross-reference a map to see where Puerto Rico is in relation to CV.

a map of the ocean

As you can see, they are basically a putt that breaks to the left away. Fascinated by their longitude-latitude relationship, I thought I would compare how these fraternal twins are the same but different.

Isla de Encanta And No Stress

Which theme do you prefer? There’s definitely more to love and less stress in my role as a tourist than if I were a resident of either.a yellow shirt with a smiley face on it

Reggaeton or Portuguese Something

I can’t understand the words of either.

Ocean Here or Ocean There

My beach at Rio Mar is one of the best in the world. The same can be said of the plage in CV.

rope on a beach with a boat in the distance
CV
a beach with chairs and rope and a straw umbrella
CV: There are kitesurfers in both.
a beach with palm trees and a chair
PR
a beach with palm trees and water
PR

Hotel

Rio Mar includes the Grand Wyndham Hotel. Both are nice resorts, but the service at the Hilton CV is a world away.a palm tree with flags in the wind

a pool with people swimming in it
CV
a building with palm trees and sand
Wyndham

Lousy service aside, we have a slide: a pool with a slide and plants

Food

The food in Puerto Rico is a tragedy. Everything is fried.

a plate of food on a table
Why fry the fish?
a plate of food on a table
Can I tell you how much I hate Mofongo?
a roasted pig on a metal pole
The novelty of the pig has worn off.
a large cooked pig on a metal table
Still a cool presentation.

The food in CV is the opposite. It’s all fresh and it’s not overpriced.

a plate of food on a table a bowl of rice and vegetables a plate of food on a table

a bowl of soup with meat and noodles and chopsticks
And CV has pho.

Old Town

It is unfair to compare Old San Juan to Santa Maria, Cabo Verde. Old San Juan is the most beautiful city in the United States (see House Hunters Puerto Rico: Old San Juan) and is much bigger and much more developed. Santa Maria is essentially one street.

a street with buildings and a street lighta brick road with a red and white flag painted on it

a brick road with palm trees and buildings
Santa Maria by day.
a brick road with trees and plants on it
Santa Maria by night.

Nightlife 

If you’re a tourist looking for a drink, there are bars in both PR and CV. Cuidado: Do not go to Cabo Verde for the nightlife. And as hyped up as Puerto Rico is for its party scene, I offer the same advice.

a crowd of people outside at night
Tourists are always told to go to La Placita, PR: It’s nothing more than a bunch of teenagers drinking Medalla.
a green couch in a room with lights
San Juan clubs are busier than this hip-hop spot in CV.

Day Drinking

I would much rather listen to Bob Marley’s hits in CV than Jimmy Buffett’s shit in PR.

a building with a sign on the side of it two glasses of colorful drinks

a pool with palm trees and buildings
5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar a golf cart drive away from my villa.
two glasses with colorful drinks on a counter
Who wins for presentation?

Beer

Medalla ‘medal’ wins over CV’s strela ‘star’ (see Puerto Rico’s Own Medalla: The Best Light Beer in the World?). a brown bottle with gold label on a table

a glass of beer on a table
Strela

Piña Colada

PR invented the piña colada (see The Original Piña Colada Comes From a Slushy Machine?). It is always nice to compare how it is prepared across the globe.

a glass with a drink in it
CV: I prefer it fresh, not frozen.

Golf

There was an ad for a 9-hole golf course. I did not play. Given my experience in Tahiti (see Golf in Tahiti? Not in This Town), I am hesitant to try out courses where golf courses are built solely for tourists. And why pay for golf on the road when I have this at home?

a golf course with palm trees and a flag

Hurricanes

Hurricanes originate in CV’s area around the Atlantic and unfortunately make their way to the Caribbean.

a beach with a body of water and clouds
Storm clouds brewing in CV.

People

You have fine people on both sides, on both sides.

Overall

Where in the world does TPOL prefer to live? Find me a place with a better view then maybe I would consider moving.

a golf course with a body of water and buildings

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