Cape Verde is located quite pleasantly in the tropical region of the Atlantic where the sun is a constant fixture. Temperatures consistently stay between 70°F and 80°F. The breeze blows regularly from the ocean at a low humidity of 40 to 60 percent. The islands only have two seasons: The tempo das brisas (“time of the winds”) from October to July and the tempo das chuvas (rainy season) from August to September, when there may be heavy tropical storms. The coolest months are January and February, with averages around 68°F and the mercury sometimes dropping to a cool 60°F. September tends to be the warmest period with a pleasant average around 80°F.
The water temperature in Cape Verde is usually between a comfortable 70°F and 80°F throughout the year, which a key factor in the destination’s popularity with surfers, particularly on the northeast coast. The islands of Barlavento (Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, São Nicolao, Boa Vista, Sal, Santa Luzia, Branco, and Razo) are always somewhat cooler than Sotavento (Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava), where summers can be quite hot.
Best Time to Visit Cape Verde
Most visitors flock to Cape Verde during the summer months due to its consistently good weather and distinct lack of rain. This season offers the widest range of activities, but most are accessible year-round. If you planning to visit between June and August, advanced bookings are advised and larger crowds are to be expected.
Cape Verde experiences a steady flow of tourists throughout the year, especially in livelier Praia and Mindelo, with the majority of establishments and attractions open throughout the year. Although the days are cooled down by the gentle breezes, the sun’s rays should not be underestimated and sufficient protection against UV should be taken.