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Cape Verde: May Weather Averages

Daily averages for May
  Temperature 73°F


Low Temperature 68°F


  High Temperature 78°F


  Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 33 %
  Rainfall 1mm
  Rainfall days 4 days
  Chance of Cloudy Day 13 %
  Sea Temperature 74°F


Chance of Windy Day 95 %

Daily averages for May

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
°C 25 24 24 23 23 25 25 25 25 25 25 26 25 25 25
°F 77 75 75 73 73 77 77 77 77 77 77 79 77 77 77
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
25 25 25 25 25 26 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 24
77 77 77 77 77 79 77 77 77 77 77 77 77 77 77 75

Averages for Cape Verde in May

Weather lowdown

May is a vibrant month of romance and adventure in Cape Verde, both fuelled by the excellent weather and the hospitable atmosphere. Average daytime temperature for this month stays around 23 degrees Celsius, with daytime high peaks at 25 degrees and nighttime lows at 20 degrees (and rarely lower then the trade winds are particularly strong.) Cape Verde enjoys 8 hours of daily sunshine in May.

During this month, the north-easterly trade winds bring cool breezes over the archipelago and particularly the Barlavento islands, while the Sahara-born Hamattan winds raise the temperature to the southern, Sotavento islands. These winds battle each other through the year and in May, the trade winds are often prevalent. When Hamattan is strong, it can bring dust-laden winds over the islands that may create a mildly uncomfortable experience, especially at the Sotavento beaches. Thankfully, these dust storms are harmless and pass quickly.

Sea temperature climbs up to 25 degrees Celsius, partially due to the Hamattan winds but also thanks to the increased sunshine hours.

May is another dry month, with only 1 mm of total precipitation and minimal rain expected to sprinkle over a few Barlavento islands on 4 days of the month.

Dates for the diary

The island of Maio is named in Portuguese for the month of May in which this island was discovered back in 1460. May is not only a very important month on the island for this reason, but also for the annual Festival of Santa Cruz which takes place on the 3rd of May each year. The festival commemorates the end of slavery on Maio and is celebrated by a drum-playing procession followed by an open-air BBQ style buffet in the main square of Maio.

The Gamboa Music Festival is held every may on the San Francisco Beach north of Praia. This international festival attracts latino inspired musicians and local talent to perform various local and international songs. Many new hits are first played here and vibrant music scenes including Morna, Batuque, Funana and more are celebrated during this festival.

Things to do

The historic Marina Mindelo is a good place for relaxing and watching the boats come and go. This is the first marina to be built on the whole archipelago of Cape Verde and today is a unique place where yachtsmen can socialise and everyone can watch the island’s boats as they pass by.

Thanks to the trade winds and the Hamaattan winds that come from Africa, Cape Verde a top destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing; two sports which are very popular on the island of Sal. Cape Verde’s largest wind and kitesurfing school, Surf  Zone, offers private and semi-private lessons for everyone, from beginner to pro, along with renting out water sports equipment at affordable prices.

Kitesurfing in Cape Verde

Kitesurfing in Sal, Cape Verde.


Hit the beach

The beach at Tarrafal is located at the northern tip of the island of Santiago and is a popular spot for water sports enthusiasts and especially scuba divers and snorkellers. Tourists can find a number of diving schools close to the beach of Tarrafal where they can book for lessons or rent equipment for their sea adventures in Cape Verde.

The Cova Figueira is a secluded beach at the island of Fogo. The beach has volcanic, dark sand and bright azure waters. Even during the tourist season, the Cova Figueira is rarely visited by tourists and is thus one of the most attractive spots for romantic getaways or naturism practitioners.

Waves crash under cliff on the island of Fogo, Cabo Verde

Waves crash under a cliff on the Island of Fogo, Cape Verde.


Where to eat & drink

The O Poeta is an attractive seafood restaurant in Cape Verde’s capital Praia. Meticulous attention is given to prepare each dish to be just perfect and the restaurant serves only the freshest fish, caught the very same morning from the coasts of Santiago.

The Ocean Café is a popular café and bistro on the island of Sal. Located in front of the historic square of Santa Maria, the Ocean attracts easygoing locals and tourists to share a bite in a relaxing atmosphere. The environment is comfy and the food really filling. The café also has several suites for tourists to spend the night in.

The disco Kananga in Vila Nova Sintra is the most popular discothèque on the island of Brava. This secluded disco attracts locals throughout the year and tourist during the high season. The music is mostly hits from the 70ies and 80ies, mixed with local sounds.

The Fogo en Chama is a beautiful hotel bar in Praia. The bar serves delectable drinks and also holds a buffet during lunch and dinner hours to satisfy hungry patrons. The bar is open to non-visitors and locals alike.

Seafood restaurant Cape Verde

The O Poeta, seafood restaurant in Cape Verde.


Where to stay

The Casa Aquario is the highest ranking inn on the island of Sao Nicolau. This cosy establishment caters mostly to Brits and Germans (but Asian tourists are not uncommon either) with excellent quality of service and one of the best values for money on the whole nation of Cape Verde.

Located inside a protected bay, the King Fisher Resort in Santiago is one of the most charming seaside hotels you will find off the well-beaten tourist track. The hotel features 10 individually designed lodges and apartments with terraces, single rooms and forty beds.

Set in a magnificent location, the Baia Verde is perhaps the most scenic hotel in the Tarrafal area of Santiago. The hotel overlooks a beautiful beach from the one side and an old chuch from the other, giving tourists a spectacular all-round vista that encapsulates the essence of what makes Cape Verde so great. The service is spotless and the prices rather reasonable.

The Pousada Paz e Bem is a budget, locally themed hotel on the island of Sal. With an “island within an island” design, the hotel offers simple and charming ambience to families and couples visiting Sal for their holidays. The hotel’s bar is charming and its facilities are overall well-maintained and very clean.

The Hotel Oasis Atlantico offers family friendly accommodation on the island of Santiago. This accessible hotel includes numerous children-friendly facilities and also offers a host of services tailor-suited for people with disabilities.

beautiful hotel buildings, santa maria, sal island, cape verde

Beautiful hotel buildings, Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde.

May events in Cape Verde

Public Holidays

Labour Day

1st May 2015

Labour Day is an important event of the contribution to society of all working people. It's celebrated in Cape Verde and in most countries across the world. On this day most workers spend the day relaxing so expect most businesses and banks to be closed on this day, but most major tourist attractions will still be open.


Festival of Santa Cruz & Pidrona

3rd May 2015 to 4th May 2015

Celebrated on the whole island, but mostly in Rabil. The Feast of the Saint Cross is celebrated to commemorate the liberation of the slaves. There is mass, a procession, parades and marching to the sound of drums.


Gamboa Festival

17th May 2015 to 19th May 2015

The Gamboa Music Festival is held every May on the San Francisco Beach north of Praia. This international festival attracts latino inspired musicians and local talent to perform various local and international songs. Many new hits are first played here and vibrant music scenes including Morna, Batuque, Funana and more are celebrated during this festival.


Carnival Tuesday

17th May 2015

Celebrated all over the island but the main event is Sal Rei with parades of floats and endless night long parties. The entire population dresses up, this is a very colorful event.


World Day for Africa

25th May 2015

This day is celebrated in all African nations on May 25th. The day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963.

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