Best Time to Visit São Tomé and Príncipe

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit São Tomé and Príncipe. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Santo Antonio und São Tomé. 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 São Tomé and Príncipe for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 20 °C to 30 °C
Waves Symbol 25 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 015.67 in (2 – 21 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 24.8 °C (Santo Antonio) and 25.4 °C (São Tomé)
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Geographical location

The archipelago of São Tomé and Príncipe lies about 130 miles south of Nigeria, west of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Only the Seychelles undercut the size of the second smallest state in Africa, whose larger island São Tomé is 30 miles long and 20 miles wide.

Only about 10 percent of the population live on the significantly smaller island of Príncipe, although there are only about 200,000 inhabitants in the small island state, whose southern tip rises to the equator. São Tomé and Príncipe are of volcanic origin and therefore very mountainous, the highest peak (the Pico de São Tomé) exceeds 2000 meters.

The former crown colony of Portugal has been independent since 1975, but the official language is still Portuguese. The most important export commodity is still cocoa of outstanding quality, with enormous oil discoveries off the coast of the islands promising economic change.

As a result of these possible riches, São Tomé and Príncipe suffer from quite unstable governments, which once again stumbled over corruption scandals. However, the country is considered an extremely safe destination. 80 percent of the inhabitants are Catholics, the national currency is the Dobra.

The paradisiacal island site, still far away from mass tourism, is mainly accessible via Lisbon and Porto. The international airport, for example, is served by TAP and TAAG Angola Airlines (via Luanda), the flight time from Lisbon is around 9 hours. German citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 15 days.

Climate on São Tomé and Príncipe

Sao Tome Praia (Chuck Moravec)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate on the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe is tropical hot and humid. This means high temperatures of around 27 °C to 30 °C all year round, even at night it cools only marginally. In addition, there is a very high humidity of up to 95 percent due to the pronounced rainy season.

The rainy season on São Tomé and Príncipe starts around mid-September and often lasts until the end of May. Statistically, October, April and May are the rainy months. It is comparatively dry and much more pleasant for us Europeans in the summer between June and the beginning of September.

There are hardly any regional differences, even at high altitudes it usually remains moist and hot. The hottest and sultriest time of the year is between December and April, where the day temperatures are often well above 30 °C. The coolest months are July and August.

Best Time to Visit São Tomé and Príncipe: Overview

JanuaryJan
Suitable time to traveltime
little less of rain, but very hot
FebruaryFeb
Suitable time to traveltime
little less of rain, but very hot
MarchMar
Rainy Season
Up to 7.32 in of rainof rain
AprilApr
Rainy Season
Up to 9.17 in of rainof rain
MayMay
Rainy Season
Up to 9.02 in of rainof rain
JuneJun
Best time to traveltime
mostly perfect on São Tomé & Príncipe
JulyJul
Best time to traveltime
mostly perfect on São Tomé & Príncipe
AugustAug
Best time to traveltime
mostly perfect on São Tomé & Príncipe
SeptemberSep
Good time to traveltime
Transition to Rainy Season on São Tomé & Príncipe
OctoberOct
Rainy Season
Up to 15.67 in of rainof rain
NovemberNov
Rainy Season
wet and sticky
DecemberDec
Rainy Season
wet and sticky

When is the best time to visit São Tomé and Príncipe?


The dreamlike islands are a real insider tip and therefore especially suitable for adventurous explorers and nature lovers. In recent years, however, top-class hotels have also settled here, offering ideal conditions for a luxurious seaside holiday.

In general, São Tomé and Príncipe can be visited all year round, as even during the long rainy season the sun comes out again and again and the temperatures are very warm 365 days a year anyway.

Nevertheless, the hot season is quite a challenge for many Central Europeans, the hot, stuffy air makes the cycle difficult. We therefore recommend the months of June, July and August as the best travel season on São Tomé and Príncipe.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (São Tomé and Príncipe) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Santo AntonioFebruary, June, July, and August
São ToméFebruary, June, July, and August

Climate Charts São Tomé and Príncipe

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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Santo Antonio

Climate Chart Santo Antonio
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São Tomé

Climate Chart São Tomé
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

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

Climate Tables São Tomé and Príncipe

In the following, you will find some climate tables for São Tomé and Príncipe, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation in Santo Antonio (São Tomé and Príncipe)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°30°30°29°29°28°27°27°27°28°28°29°
Night Temperature22°20°22°22°22°21°20°20°21°21°21°22°
Precipitation (inch)4.454.137.329.179.023.50.831.425.7515.676.855.59
Rainy days9713131454615211310
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Santo Antonio is 24.8 °C.

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

Warmest month: March (25.8 °C)
Coldest month: July (23.5 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 73.7 inch on 130 rainy days

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

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): March, April, May, and October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 41.18 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Santo Antonio.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in São Tomé

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°30°30°30°29°28°27°28°29°29°29°29°
Night Temperature22°23°23°23°23°21°20°21°21°22°22°22°
Water Temperature28°28°28°29°28°25°26°25°25°27°27°28°
Precipitation (inch)3.193.315.164.84.450.7500.040.674.333.94.25
Rainy days669883235896
Hours of Sunshine555456554455
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in São Tomé is 25.4 °C.

Warmest month: March (26.4 °C)
Coldest month: July (23.8 °C)

The maximum water temperature in São Tomé is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 34.84 inch on 73 rainy days

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

You cannot expect snow in any month in São Tomé.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 5.5 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.6 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Santo Antonio
overcast clouds     overcast clouds, 26.7 °C
Clouds: 100 %       Wind: 4 mph SSO
Air Pressure: 1009 hPa       Humidity: 79 %
Last updated: 13th Nov 2019, 02:20 pm
The next days …
14th Nov 201915th Nov 201916th Nov 201917th Nov 201918th Nov 201919th Nov 2019
light rain27 °C to 28 °Cmoderate rain27 °C to 27 °Cmoderate rain27 °C to 27 °Covercast clouds27 °C to 28 °Clight rain27 °C to 28 °Cmoderate rain27 °C to 28 °C
27 °C to 28 °C27 °C to 27 °C27 °C to 27 °C27 °C to 28 °C27 °C to 28 °C27 °C to 28 °C
Clouds: 96 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 82 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 74 %Clouds: 100 %
0.03 in of rain0.3 in of rain0.32 in of rainNo Precipitation0.1 in of rain0.18 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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