Best Time to Visit Cape Verde Islands

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Caroline Granycome)  CC BY-SA
On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Cape Verde Islands. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Santa Maria und Praia. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Cape Verde Islands for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 18 °C to 30 °C
Waves Symbol 22 °C to 27 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 04.13 in (0 – 6 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 23.5 °C (Santa Maria) and 24.5 °C (Praia)
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Geographical Location of the Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde (Republic of Cabo Verde) is an island state in the central Atlantic Ocean and belongs geographically to Africa. However, the Cape Verde Islands are about 360 miles away from the African mainland, and the nine inhabited islands of the Cape Verde Islands are home to around 550,000 inhabitants.

Capital and largest city of the country is Praia on the island of Santiago. Cape Verde is divided into the Ilhas de Barlavento and the Ilhas de Sotavento, correspondingly the “islands above the wind” and “under the wind”.

The most famous Cape Verde islands Sal and Boa Vista, both of which, thanks to their good infrastructure and top-class hotel facilities, are particularly suitable for bathing holidays, belong to the first group along with São Vicente, São Nicolau and Santo Antão.

Fogo, Santiago, Brava and Maio belong to the Cape Verde Islands under the wind. The Cape Verde Islands are of volcanic origin and very dry, there are no permanent streams or rivers.

Accordingly, flora and fauna can also be described as semi-desert-like, except for some geckos and sea turtles there are almost no animal species on the islands. The volcanic cone Pico do Fogo with about 2830 meters is the highest elevation of the country.

Weather and Climate in Cape Verde

DSC_1724 (Neil)  CC BY-ND Cape Verde’s climate is mild all year round and warmer and significantly drier than the Canary Islands. The difference between night and day temperatures is usually only about 5 °C to 6 °C throughout the year, so even in winter it remains pleasant even after sunset.

It is not without reason that Cape Verde is also known as the”islands of eternal summer”, while in the Canary Islands it is often referred to as the”eternal spring”. The term rainy season is clearly too high on Cabo Verde, because there is only very little precipitation.

Nevertheless, locals call the time from August to mid-October the rainy season on the Cape Verde Islands, even if it only comes to short strong showers on very few days during this travel season. They’re not much more than a welcome little refreshment. Mário Lúcio de Sousa, musician of the famous band Simentera, once said:

“We wait ten months for rain and it’ll be over in five minutes.” Please also take a look at the statistical rainfall in our climate table below. The humidity is comparatively high on the Cape Verde Islands with 70-75%, but the pleasant wind from the Atlantic makes the weather very bearable at all times.

Water sports enthusiasts on Sal and Boa Vista especially love the spring months from February to April, where the strongest wind for kitesurfers prevails. Although this time is suitable for a beach holiday, it is not exactly ideal due to the waves, at least with small children.

Best Time to Visit Cape Verde Islands: Overview

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When is the best time to travel to Cape Verde?


You will certainly notice with a smile, but further down we call the whole period from January to December the best travel time of the Cape Verde Islands. In fact, the island state is suitable for holidays all year round, although there may be regional differences.

For beach holidays on Sal and Boa Vista we consider the end of March to mid-August as well as mid-October to mid-December as optimal travel time. The Sotavento Islands Santiago, Fogo, Maio and Brava are always a little warmer than the islands above the wind. For active holidays such as hiking, the period from autumn to late spring is a very good travel season, i.e. from around the end of October to the end of April.

May and June are the driest months and very windless, there is little “green” on Cape Verde at this time. July and August are the peak season on the Cape Verde Islands, in September most rain falls and it is often cloudy. This month is therefore not necessarily the best time to travel in Cape Verde.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Cape Verde Islands) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Santa Mariaall except September
Praiaall except September

Climate Charts Cape Verde Islands

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Santa Maria

Climate Chart Santa Maria
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Praia

Climate Chart Praia
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Cape Verde Islands

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Cape Verde Islands, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Santa Maria (Cape Verde Islands)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°24°25°25°25°26°27°29°29°29°27°25°
Night Temperature19°18°18°19°20°21°22°23°24°23°22°20°
Water Temperature23°22°22°22°23°23°24°25°26°26°25°24°
Precipitation (inch)0.20.160.040000.040.551.340.280.120.08
Rainy days100000012000
Hours of Sunshine667776556665
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Santa Maria is 23.5 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: September (26.6 °C)
Coldest month: February (21.1 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Santa Maria is 26 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 2.8 inch on 4 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Santa Maria.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, April is the sunniest month with an average of 7.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Praia (Cape Verde Islands)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature25°25°26°26°27°28°28°29°30°29°28°26°
Night Temperature20°19°20°20°21°22°23°24°24°24°23°21°
Water Temperature23°22°22°23°23°24°24°25°26°27°26°24°
Precipitation (inch)0.080.0800000.311.774.132.281.180.39
Rainy days000000256411
Hours of Sunshine78910109777887
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Praia is 24.5 °C.

Warmest month: September (26.8 °C)
Coldest month: February (22.2 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Praia is 27 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 10.24 inch on 19 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Praia.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 9.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights and Highlights


The most beautiful beach of Cape Verde is the long Santa Maria on the island of Sal, where the best hotels on the island are located. A walk from the dunes down to the fishing jetty in the village is one of the highlights of every holidaymaker. Boa Vista also enchants with fantastic beaches and fantastic holiday hotels. If you want to get a deeper insight into the country and its people, we recommend a round trip to Cape Verde.

Among the sights of these Cabo Verde tours are the volcano Pico with its Caldeira, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cidade Velha or the viewpoint Monte Txota on the island Santiago as well as the romantic mountain village Fontainhas on Santo Antão. In addition, colourful markets, friendly people and unforgettable walks on the Cape Verde Islands attract visitors in many places.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Praia
few clouds     few clouds, 22 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 13 mph NO
Air Pressure: 1014 hPa       Humidity: 78 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:00 am
The next days …
18th Nov 201819th Nov 201820th Nov 201821st Nov 201822nd Nov 201823rd Nov 2018
broken clouds22 °C to 26 °Csky is clear22 °C to 25 °Csky is clear21 °C to 26 °Clight rain23 °C to 25 °Clight rain23 °C to 25 °Clight rain24 °C to 25 °C
22 °C to 26 °C22 °C to 25 °C21 °C to 26 °C23 °C to 25 °C23 °C to 25 °C24 °C to 25 °C
Clouds: 64 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 8 %Clouds: 9 %Clouds: 7 %Clouds: 95 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.02 in of rain0.02 in of rain0.09 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Cape Verde Islands: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 7 reviews for Cape Verde Islands holiday already. Average rating is 4.7 of 5 stars.
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    Daniela, 46 years old was there in March

    Temperatures daily 25 – 27 degrees, constantly strong wind with strong NNO -Boen, thus also sometimes fresh, from 18.00 o’clock felt 10 degrees colder because the wind became even stronger.
    Lying on the beach was very unpleasant due to the usually strong wind, as there were strong sand drifts.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Sonja, 57 years old was there in December

    Moderately warm with occasionally strong wind, but mostly sunny. No rain

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Udo, 49 years old was there in August

    The weather in August was fantastic. Sun every day.
    Was on Boa Vista at Hotel Touareg. Just great.
    Highly recommended??????

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Zuzana Simonova, 50 years old was there in July

    Super ideal for bathing holiday dreamlike destination will fly there again and again

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Moni, 32 years old was there in January

    Was there in March 2017 and of 8 days 6 were completely cloudy and also quite cool,felt 15degrees since the constant wind is surely only pleasant in sunshine

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Martin, 40 years old was there in September

    Super Hotel (Karamboa). Weather between 28 and 32 degrees. The water was great too. Like in the Caribbean without palm trees. Anytime again

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Bernd, 48 years old was there in May

    Top weather on Cape Verde island salt for 14 days. Sun, sun and more sun. However, it was not really windless, but sometimes a lively wind that created a pleasant CLIMATE feeling.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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