The Best Time to Visit Cape Verde

The Climate in Cape Verde

The climate in Cape Verde is so mild and dry all year round that the country is often known as the “Islands of Eternal Summer” – sounds like the perfect place to stock up on a bit of sunshine, don’t you think?

Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, is a small island nation in Africa, made up of an archipelago of nine islands just off the coast of Senegal and Mauritania. Its warm, mild climates draw many holidaymakers looking to escape colder climates at home. As you can see by the temperatures listed in the tables below, there’s not that much difference in temperature between day and night. Air humidity tends to hover between 40 – 60% and there isn’t that much precipitation. On popular destinations such as Sal, Boa Vista and Santa Maria, the average temperature is around 23°C all year! However there’s always a great time of year to visit depending on what you want to get up to during your holiday there. Have a little read through my in-depth guide on the best time to visit Cape Verde and I hope that you’ll be able to use this to plan the perfect holiday to this beautiful corner of the world!

Climate data – Cape Verde

Jan Feb Mar Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. temperature in °C 23 24 24 25 25 26 27 28 28 29 28 26
Min. temperature in °C 19 19 19 19 20 21 22 23 24 23 22 20
Sunshine hours per day 6 6 7 7 7 6 5 5 6 7 6 5
Water hours in °C 24 23 23 23 23 23 24 25 26 26 25 24
Rainy days per month 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 6 5 1 0


The weather and the best time to visit Cape Verde

Cape Verde is one of those destinations that you can visit no matter what time of year it is. Temperatures stay at around the 20 – 23°C mark and even the sea remains at a balmy 23 – 26°C. Choosing the best time to go on holiday to Cape Verde isn’t exactly easy with this in mind – in fact the answer to this question depends entirely on what you want to do while you’re there!

The best time for sun holidays and surfing in Cape Verde

Things get really hot in Cape Verde during the summer months of July, August, September & October – the best time for a beach holiday spent lazing about on the beach! But while this is the hottest time of year, it’s also the rainy season as well. Every now and then there’ll be the odd shower here and there, which helps to air out the humid air a little bit. However these little downpours really do not last for long, and the sun will be out shining again in no time. The rain showers also have a another advantage to them as well – the winds they bring with them produce the perfect conditions for surfers. So if you’re looking to catch a few waves while you’re there, be sure to plan your surfing holiday to Cape Verde during the summer months! If you’re looking to really spend your time just soaking up the sun, then it might be best to go during the shoulder season or lower season if you want to avoid the big summer crowds of want to do some proper sightseeing.

The best time to go swimming, hiking and sight-seeing in Cape Verde

The miles upon miles of white sandy beaches aren’t the only reason to visit Cape Verde. In fact the island nation boasts some unique flora and fauna that draw plenty of nature lovers and outdoorsy people, making it a prime destination for hiking. Landscapes range from dry grasslands and dunes to salt marshes and lush mountains. The best time for hikers and explores is the dry season in winter and spring. The months of January, February, March, April, May, June, November and December present virtually no rainfall, meaning that it’s very unlikely you’ll be caught out while on the move. During the winter months of December and January temperatures can drop below 20 during the night, so pack a few warmer layers with you.

The low season is still a fantastic time to visit for beach holidays – temperatures are still at a balmy 23 – 26°C and the sea will be a lovely 24°C! Locals will be busy celebrating Christmas with their all their families, so during December the beaches will be quite busy in Boa Vista, Santa Maria, Sal or Fogo. If you’re looking for some real peace and quiet it might be best to go in April, May, June and November.

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The rainy season in Cape Verde

September and October may be the rainiest months in Cape Verde, it’s nothing like the rainy season in other tropical countries! There are only six rainy days in September and only five in October, and during the summer months of July and August there’ll be a few days with heavier showers. However these never last long in the end and as soon as they’re over, the islands will be awash with sunshine again!

The best time to visit Cape Verde – my verdict

The mild oceanic climates mean that the country enjoys warm and pleasant weather all year round, with some rainfall during the summer and autumn. Nevertheless, the rainy season is in fact the best time to visit Cape Verde if you want to get some proper surfing done. People looking to head off on a sun holiday should go during the dry season of winter and spring, and those are when you’ll also find the best conditions for hiking as well. If you want a quieter holiday to Cape Verde where you’re avoiding most crowds, then head on over during the months of April, May, June and November.  If you’re travelling during the winter months, just remember that temperatures can drop below 20, so remember to bring some warmer clothes for the evenings.

So there you have it! With all this info you’ll be able to plan the perfect trip to this truly stunning corner of the world. :)

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