When is the Best Time To Visit Cape Verde?

Cape Verde is a captivating travel destination known for its stunning beaches, tropical climate, sleepy fishing villages, and mouth-watering flavors. 
Maio Island, Cape Verde. Photo: Vktor Svistunov | Unsplash

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Dubbed ‘the African Caribbean,’ Cape Verde (also known as Cabo Verde) is an island country located in the central Atlantic Ocean, off the west coast of Africa. It’s made up of ten volcanic islands, nine of which are inhabited.

So, when is the best time to visit this archipelago? Let’s explore.

By Season 

Kick back and relax in this tropical paradise. Photo: Viktor Svistunov | Unsplash

Cape Verde has a dry tropical climate for the majority of the time, with a short rainy season during August. The environment offers visitors a bucketload of sunshine all year long. Temperatures usually range from 24°C –  30°C (75°F – 86 °F).

While Autumn brings sp,e rain, and winter brings wind, spring and summer are all about balmy, dry temperatures, and minimal humidity.

Spring: Feb- April (Dry Season)

Spring is a truly delicious time on the island, offering dry and warm weather that’s ideal for exploring. Temperatures at this time are usually around 26°C (78°F), and very little rain occurs. Spring is also the sunniest time in Cape Verde, so sun worshippers behold! Visitors will likely see about 7 hours of sunshine a day. 

Top tip: Spring is a popular time to visit and peak season, so be sure to book in advance. 

Sip on a delicious Cape Verde coconut. Photo: Kristin Wilson | Unsplash

Summer: May-July (Dry Season) 

Summer in Cape Verde boasts hot and dry weather, with average temperatures sitting between 24°C – 27°C (75° – 80°F). Summer isn’t as sunny as springtime; however, visitors can enjoy around 5 hours of sunshine each day. 

Summer is a great time to chill on the beach or engage in water sports without the hassle of wind or rain.

Autumn: August to October (Rainy Season) 

August is the rainiest month in Cape Verde; however, thanks to the tropical climate, showers are short, light, and warm. Travelers should note that humidity is also higher at this time, so it won’t suit everyone, especially those wanting to hike and explore the outdoors. 

While the weather is a little unpredictable during Autumn, travelers can expect sunshine dotted between overcast days.

Top tip: Happily, since it’s the low season, visitors can score some incredible deals during the rainy months. 

Winter: November to January (Dry, Windy Season)

After the rainy season ends, the islands are verdant and bursting with life. Winter temperatures are around 21°C – 26°C (82° – 84°F), meaning that beach days are plentiful. Nonetheless, things get a little windy at this time, meaning that the Atlantic Ocean might be a little rough.  

Splash in the crystal waters off Cape Verde. Photo : Viktor Svistunov | Unsplash

By Activity 

When you visit, Cape Verde will also depend mainly on the type of activities that you’re interested in. Here we explore some popular activities and attractions and the best time to visit each. 

Windsurfing: January and February 

Snorkeling and scuba diving: June – December (for the best underwater visibility)

Hiking: January – April when humidity levels are low 

Whale spotting: March and April 

Spot the nesting turtles: June to October 

For music lovers: The Sao Vicente Baia das Gates festival in August,  Sao Vincente Carnival in February, and Gamboa Music Festival in May. 

The Takeaway 

Cape Verde offers ideal temperatures year-round, meaning that summer, spring, and winter are all excellent times to visit.  If you love consider yourself a bit of an island hopper, check out our guides for Mauritius and Puerto Rico.


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