What's the Weather Like in Cape Verde in September
Sea temperature stays at a comfy 27 degrees Celsius and is amazing to enjoy when it's not raining.
September is a month of weak winds but torrential downpours. However, not all islands experience rain equally and smart tourists can do some "island hopping" to find the best and most rain-free beaches on a day-by-day basis during this month.
Throughout September, total precipitation amounts to 77 mm and rain is expected for a bit more than 7 days of the month. The rain clouds often cover multiple islands in Cape Verde's archipelago but rarely do they cover the entire country at any given moment, creating precious rain-free areas that can be thoroughly enjoyed.
Nonetheless, the sun shines for 6 hours each day during September.
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Hotels for Cape Verde in September
The Hotel Sabura is one of the most popular 4 star hotels in the beautiful island of Sal. This all inclusive resort comes with all sorts of amenities including a sizable pool, amazing room service, a fantastic restaurant, a vibrant beach bar and so much more. The hotel is children-friendly with a kid-sized pool and an "exclusive" kids club.
O Jardim Do Vinho
Located at a scenic vista in Praia, the O Jardim Do Vinho is a smart and hospitable hotel that enables tourists to fully explore the famous island of Santiago. Located in a peaceful neighbourhood in Achada de Santo Antonio, only 15 minutes from the international airport Francisco Mendes, this hotel is a meeting place for different cultures and tourists from all over the world.
Santa Maria, Sal's most popular tourist hub is home to the famous Riu Garopa all-inclusive hotel. Popular with families visiting Cape Verde as well as elderly tourists, the Riu Garopa offers a host of family-friendly facilities and a perfect, tranquil atmosphere that will delight and offer relaxation.
Beaches for September for Cape Verde
Ribeira Brava Beach
The Ribeira Brava beach on Sao Nicolau is a secluded and naturally unspoiled beach. Somewhat away from any tourist facilities, the beach attracts very few visitors and is ideal for naturists and tourists seeking tranquillity.
Blue Hole Beach
Located near Tarrafal, the Blue Hole beach is a lively bay on the western side of Sao Nicolau. Surfers, windsurfers and other water sports enthusiasts gather here as the surf just outside the bay of Blue Hole is strong and just right for fancy rides.
Santa Maria Beach
Santa Maria beach is just under 2 miles long and is home to many of the hotels on the island. However, this doesn't spoil it, it's possible to get some peace and quiet here too. The sea water is very wavey so it's perfect for surfing. The white sandy shores are great for sunbathing and relaxing. Lots of people enjoy horse riding along this beach too. Although, in September you need to have somewhere close to shelter incase of rain.
Restaurants and Bars for Cape Verde in September
Angela's Restaurant is a unique international restaurant that serves all kinds of local and exotic delicacies with an interesting spin. The restaurant may look simple (or even worn down) from the outside, but once inside you are instantly transported to a world where strong flavours and amazing dishes are everywhere.
Sabura Ponta Preta
The hotel bar at Hotel Sabura Ponta Preta is open to non-visitors and has recently become a sensation for tourists visiting Santa Maria. The trendy bar attracts upscale patrons who socialise in a modern and classy atmosphere. The mood is set by the minimalist décor and the jazz tunes that are frequently played there.
Make yourself comfortable at the quirky, colourful Cape Fruit restaurant where crates are used as seats and rainbow patterned hammocks are free to chill on. There are no meat options here, it's a healthy place to eat and relax. Very hippie style. Try the smoothies and vegetarian wraps.
Things to Do in Cape Verde in September
The lack of wind in September makes it an ideal time for jumping in a fishing boat and taking a calm trip out to Santa Luzia, the only uninhabited island of the 10 that make up Cape Verde (not counting the dozens of islets). The trip takes about two hours from nearby Sao Vicente port and a visit there can last a whole day. The best day to visit Santa Luzia is on a Friday.
The island is a fisherman's paradise and many local fishermen spend the weekends at Santa Luzia before heading back to Sao Vicente with their catches on a Monday morning. Watching the fishing boats descend on the usually quiet shores on a Friday afternoon is quite the sight, especially when followed with grant fish feasts on a local eatery.
The Dive Center Crioula
The Dive Center Crioula inside Crioula Hotel in Santa Maria offers diving experiences. You can swim in the sea with mantas, stingrays, sharks, barracudas, turtles, lobsters, nudibranches and many species of fish. Caves, wrecks and reefs can all be explored under water and this dive center cater for every level of diver.
Cine Eden Park
The Cine Eden Park in Mindelo is a scenic and surprisingly popular cinema that is enjoyed by young and old alike. Located inside a historic building, the cinema plays mostly Hollywood and Portuguese language movies. The quality is great but most international movies arrive here with a lag of 6 months or more, so don't expect to catch the latest blockbuster here (only last year's!)
Dates for the diary
Sal International Music Festival that takes place on a regular basis in September attracts hundreds of local musicians who come to celebrate the multifaceted musical culture of the island. This is a major event that brings thousands of expat Cape Verdians back home and is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. The festival lasts several days and beach parties are virtually non-stop during that time.
Towards the end of September, the Mindelact Festival of Theatre is held in Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente. Local actors perform local and international plays (sometimes for free) and lots of street food is available aplenty. There are no tickets or predetermined seats and tourists can freely join the festival.