Cape Verde has a subtropical and dry climate. On average Cape Verde has year round beautiful weather and the trade wind cools the islands making lying in the sun on one of the beaches more tolerable. With a fairly constant temperature between the islands and averages between 25 and 30 degrees, it make the overall climate of the Cape Verde islands very pleasant. The geographical location of the islands have also a positive effect on the sea temperature. Perfect for watersports! On average the seawater temperature is at 25 degrees.
During the summer (July – September) it is normally the hottest time with the most rain days of the year in Cape Verde. In the summer the temperature is high en there is litte wind. In the periode between October and June it it dry season with also more wind and more pleasant temperatures (cooler evenings).
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When to visit Cape Verde?
Year round you the Cape Verde islands have pleasant weather and a lot of sunshine. For most visitors, with no specific interest in an activity, Cape Verde can be visited all year. The most ideal conditions for windsurfers are in January and February, although also the rest of the year is also fine. Divers have the best underwater visibility from June to December. The islands with mountains are the most enticing for hikers during and just after the period July to December. If you want to experience the nesting turtles? The season runs from June till October. The turtles are born in mid-August to November and leave then towards the sea. The best opportunities to spot whales are at Boavista in March and April. Music and festival lovers can choose for the Sao Vicente Carnival in February. Or for the Sao Vicente Baia das Gates festival in August. Another major festival in May is the Gamboa music festival in Santiago. Year round there are also some smaller festivals you can visit. Cape Verde is not expensive. If your budget is limited then you can find the cheapest accommodation in April to June and in October.
Detailed weather information Cape Verde
Do you want to know more about the climate and weather in Cape Verde? On the following pages you will find more detailed information:
The Cape Verde islands have a pleasantly warm temperature all year round and the sun shines regularly. In the months July, August and September there may be some rain and the temperatures are at the highest. There is the most wind in the period from January to March. Perfect conditions for surfers.
Cape Verde has a subtropical dry climate. The average temperature is between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. The temperature is pleasant due to the constant trade wind.
September is the hottest month with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. The summer months of July to September are, on average, the hottest months. The sea temperature is then also at its highest.
January and February are relatively the coolest months with an average temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius.
Hello my wife and i are planning a visit to cape verde for 14 days in feb. we are torn between Sal and Santiago hat are the fore’s and against for each island, i believe strong winds can be a spoiler
Peter Emmanuel Banasko says
We hope to visit Cape Verde at the end of September or the beginning of October. We like visiting the local villages and experiencing the local cultures as well as having some time on the beach.What is the best island to visit. We will be staying for 2 weeks
Great that you are planning to visit Cape Verde. We love your way of enjoying your holiday. Your question about which island to visit is one of the hardest questions we often get. Every island is different and everyone likes different things. If possible, consider to visit at least 2 different types of islands to get most out of it. You can check the information per island and make your own decision if it is worth visting for you or not.
Jamie & Marie Hartwell says
Can you recommend a hotel for a couple. I have mobility issues and use a motability scooter.. thank you
Which island would you like to visit?
Jackie MacFeggan says
I’ve stayed several times in Riu Funana Hotel, just outside Santa Maria on Island of Sal.
Extra space rooms available for equipment we need. Swimming pool is accessible too.
All waiter/waitresses can’t do enough to accommodate our needs.
So I’d recommend here.
Philip Cotton says
Hi. Looking at coming to Boa Vista in June 2022. What sort of temperatures are we likely to get?
In June the average temperatures are rising again. On average the daytime temperature is 27 degrees Celsius, but sometimes also above 30 degrees Celsius. Some weather statistics can be find on the page about the Cape Verde weather in June.
Will there be a lot of cloud if we visit in July? We are a family that like to spend time around the pool all day and enjoy the heat and sunshine.
In general July is a good month to enjoy the sun and mostly there are not many cloud in the sky. Aforementioned also depends a bit of which island you will visit.
Myself and a friend are looking to stay in Santa Maria on the island of Sal in Cape Verde from the 30th March to 6th April. At this time of year, should it be mainly cloudy or should there be a lot of sunshine? What is the average daily maximum temperature?
Thank you 🙂
For more detailed information about the weather for March / April, the following pages might be helpfull:
Weather Cape Verde March
Weather Cape Verde April
Hi so how s the whether like in January and is it windy . Thanks
This article might answer your questions: Cape Verde weather in January.
Τhanks very nice blog!
I’m looking to come to Sal in September, What will the weather be like? Will it be cloudy?
In general it is in September lovely weather, especially the last part of the month. See for more information about the weather in September see the page: Weather Cape Verde September
laura hall says
Thinking of coming in May with toddlers 2&4 years old.
What hotel would you advise best for kids?
this is also a honeymoon
Thank you for your question. Unfortuntely this is pretty hard to answer as it depends on your personal interests / possibilities. Do you already have an island in mind you would like to visit?