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Best time to visit Cape Verde

Our verdict

The best time to visit Cape Verde is May

Cape Verde is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, May is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In summer, the average maximum temperature in Praia climbs to around 28℃ (83℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 29℃ (85℉) on the hottest days of the year. In the winter, temperatures can get down to 20℃ (67℉) around February-time. In other areas of Cape Verde, temperatures might differ so be sure to compare other destinations below.

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Cape Verde, you’re most likely to get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around May. On average it rains the most days in September, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Below you’ll find loads more detailed information about when to travel to Cape Verde, including a monthly climate breakdown for the top destinations and loads of tools and recommendations to help you find flights and accommodation to suit your budget.

Warmest month

October

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

May

Cape Verde seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Cape Verde is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Cape Verde

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
PraiaMay
24℃
22℃
24℃
21℃
24℃
21℃
24℃
21℃
25℃
22℃
25℃
23℃
26℃
24℃
28℃
25℃
28℃
26℃
28℃
26℃
27℃
25℃
26℃
23℃
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Top FAQs

Cape Verde is in Africa.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Cape Verde:

The warmest month of the year in Praia, one of the most popular places to visit in Cape Verde, is October.
The driest month of the year in Praia, Cape Verde, is usually around January each year.

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