Cape Verde
weather, climate and best time to visit


Best time to visit Cape Verde

The best time to visit Cape Verde really depends on what you want to do while you're there. If you want to spend most of your time relaxing on the beach, the best time to go is between November and February. These months offer the most consistent weather, with cooler temperatures and little rain. However, this is also the busiest time of year in Cape Verde, so expect crowds and higher prices.

Cape Verde has more than 300 days of sunshine a year. So if you're looking for warm and sunny weather, Cape Verde is a great option for your next sun vacation.

If you want to spend your days at the beach, the months of December through July are ideal, as they have the warmest temperatures and least rain. However, if you want to take advantage of lower prices and fewer crowds, November and June are a good option.

Best time for carnival in Cape Verde

Carnival is the largest and most famous festival in Cape Verde and takes place three days prior to Ash Wednesday each year. Normally this falls in February but it can also sometimes fall in March. Both months are perfect in terms of weather to experience this festival. Prices for accommodations are higher than normal, though, so keep that in mind.

With its unique blend of Portuguese and African influences, Cape Verde has a culture all its own. And with year-round warm weather and beautiful beaches, it's no wonder Cape Verde is a popular tourist destination.

Offers for Cape Verde

In the table below you can quickly see the average weather per month in Cape Verde, the monthly temperature or when precipitation is highest. The monthly average climate data is based on data from the last 30 years.

Climate Cape Verde by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°F) 76 74 75 76 77 77 79 82 83 83 81 79
Water temperature (°F) 73 72 72 73 73 75 77 79 81 81 79 75
Precipitation (inch) 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 13 20 17 4 1

Weather data from: Praia




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Cape Verde weather

The weather for Cape Verde over the next 14 days will be 81°F till 86° with one day chance of light rain showers. The water temperature will be 82°F.

The weather forecast for Cape Verde is based on the weather in Praia.

5-day weather forecast Cape Verde

Weather
Max/min
Water
Rain
Wind
Thursday
6 october
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86°F
79°F
82°F
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3 m/s
Friday
7 october
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84°F
79°F
82°F
0 in
5 m/s
Saturday
8 october
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82°F
79°F
82°F
0 in
6 m/s
Sunday
9 october
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82°F
79°F
82°F
0 in
5 m/s
Monday
10 october
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81°F
79°F
82°F
0 in
6 m/s

View the 14 day weather forecast for Cape Verde


Climate Cape Verde

Located off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde has a mild, subtropical climate year-round. It is tempered by trade winds blowing from the northeast or southeast. As a result, the temperature does not vary much during the year. Cape Verde's climate is generally warm and sunny year-round and has 2 seasons, a dry season and a rainy season.

Dry season

The dry season lasts from November through July and has little rain and low humidity. This is the busiest time of the year for tourism, so the beaches and other popular tourist areas will be much busier than usual. However, the weather is perfect for exploring all that Cape Verde has to offer, so it is definitely worth considering a visit during this time.

Rain season

The rainy season lasts from August to October and is characterized by high temperatures and humidity, and heavy rains. Rain showers are usually short but can be heavy, and they often fall in the afternoon or evening. If you are in Cape Verde during this period, be aware that some roads and infrastructure may be affected by the rain.

Cape Verde

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 76 74 75 76 77 77 79 82 83 83 81 79
Night temp. (°F) 72 70 70 70 72 73 75 78 79 79 77 74
Water temp. (°F) 73 72 72 73 73 75 77 79 81 81 79 75
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 13 20 17 4 1
Days with rain 1 2 2 4 1 3 6 12 13 7 3 1
Dry days 30 26 29 26 30 27 25 19 17 24 27 30
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 9 10 10 10 10 10 8 7 8 9 9 9
Wind force (Bft) 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
UV-index 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 6

Weather data from: Praia

Cape Verde weather by month

What is the average Cape Verde weather like in a given month? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.


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Frequently asked questions

Where is Cape Verde?

Cape Verde lies in a straight line about 3,426 miles from United States (New York → Praia).

How long is the flight to Cape Verde?

The flight time from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Cape Verde is approximately 13 hours.

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What are the largest airports in Cape Verde?

These are the largest airports in Cape Verde:

  • Praia International Airport (RAI) in Praia
  • Maio Airport (MMO) in Vila do Maio
  • Preguiça Airport (SNE) in Preguiça

Airports on the well-known islands of Cape Verde:

  • Sal
    Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SID) in Espargos
  • Boa Vista
    Rabil Airport (BVC) in Rabil

How many inhabitants does Cape Verde have?

Cape Verde has 560,899 inhabitants.

How big is Cape Verde?

The surface area of Cape Verde is 2,506 mi². It is 97x smaller than United States.

What is the capital of Cape Verde?

The capital of Cape Verde is Praia.

What is the currency of Cape Verde?

In Cape Verde, the Cape Verde escudo (CVE) is used for payment.

Exchange rates on 6 October 2022

  • 1 US dollar = 92.84 Cape Verde escudo
  • 1 Cape Verde escudo = 0.011 US dollar
  • 100 US dollar = 9,284.11 Cape Verde escudo
  • 100 Cape Verde escudo = 1.08 US dollar

What is the area code of Cape Verde?

The area code to call Cape Verde is +238.