The peninsular tip of Senegal points like an arrow 385 miles into the heart of Cape Verde. A former Portuguese colony and once hub of the slave trade, the country shows its roots in music, food and the Crioulo blend of Portuguese and West African languages. Tuesdays and Fridays, fly Cabo Verde Airlines nonstop from Boston (BOS) to Praia (RAI) on the island of Santiago (or con- nect daily through Lisbon). Short flights from Praia (the name translates to "beach") access the volcano island of Fogo, Sal with its surf breaks and Santo Antão, where they brew the traditional unaged cane liquor called grogue. Wherever you land, pull up a patch of sand and order punch, made from grogue, sugar & lime, similar to a Brazilian caipirinha, potentially lethal but delicious.
At Isla Secas Resort, it's just you and 13 other guests (if that) on a 16-island archipelago. Here, your getaway can be as adventurous and secluded as you want, but luxury touches (like dinner waiting for you in your private yurt suite) make it the best of both worlds. Islands photographer Jon Whittle experienced it all first-hand — here's how you can do it too.
Islands’ staffers beg for trips. Occasionally, an island begs for a staffer. In this case, call it a Z thing. Staff photographer Zach Stovall arrived on Zanzibar and felt like he stepped into an Indiana Jones movie. He loves those movies. Maybe that explains why this gallery, originally slated at ten images, ballooned into an epic adventure. Follow his trip’s highlights and plan yours with our Do’s and Don’ts Zanzibar travel guide.