Santa Maria Weather December Averages, Cape Verde
Temperatures in December in Santa Maria are very cooperative with a daily average of 23°C (about 74°F). The rainfall which occurred from August to October, has decreased, leaving the plant life fairly green throughout December, making this month one of the most beautiful compared to the rest of the year.
The average high for this time of year goes up to a very comfortable 26°C (around 79°F) and the lows drop down to 20°C (about 68°F). You'll get around 9 hours of sunshine per day during this month, giving you lots of time during the day to enjoy the outdoors around this resort in Cape Verde. There is a 20 percent chance of a sunny day on any given day, as well, so be sure to bring your sunglasses, hat and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.
Compared to November, the average rainfall for the month drops significantly, averaging a very scant 1mm. The rain only falls over an average of two days, so when it does rain, it generally is a very light drizzle. Don't worry about bringing your umbrella, raincoat or poncho; you more than likely won't need them during your visit this month.
The chance of rain on any given day is four percent, while the chance of a cloudy day is 23 percent. It's a little breezy this month, with the trade winds starting to blow again across the area. There is a 67 percent chance of a windy day during this month. To be sure of these lovely conditions, check the forecast before you travel.
The ocean water is still very warm, perfect for going for a swimming or trying your hand at some water sports like surfing and kite-surfing. The sea temperature average for this time of year is a very nice 25°C (about 77°F). All in all, visiting Santa Maria in Decmeber makes for a perfect winter getaway from colder climates!
The highest recorded temperature for this month was 33°C (about 91°F), with the lowest recorded temperature dropping to 12°C (about 53°F).
Where to Stay
A great option for large families and friends traveling together, the Paradise Penthouse has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is part of the Paradise Resort. The condo has two floors and its huge balconies offer views of the resort's swimming pool, gardens and ocean. Off the main living area is a terrace with table and chairs for eight people and loungers for sitting out and enjoying the beautiful December weather.
If you're looking for more of an intimate and private experience, consider one of the two types of suites from Ocean Café. Both types of suites include a terrace, private bathroom with complimentary products, LCD televisions, and some have scenic ocean views. Located on-site, the Ocean Café Pub serves a wide variety of dishes and has an extensive wine list, as well as live entertainment throughout the week.
The Hotel Oasis Salinas Seas offers guests 337 rooms with beach, garden and standard views. The rooms all have air conditioning, phone, LCD television, Internet, mini-bar, coffee-pot and bathroom with shower. With five restaurants and two bars, you'll have plenty of choices for meals at this all-inclusive resort. The resort also offers a regular pool, children's pool, sunbeds on the beach, daily activities and nightly entertainment.
Eating and Drinking Out
Right on Santa Maria beach sits Blu Bar, a fun drinking spot to grab a cocktail while enjoying beautiful ocean views. The small and intimate, yet fun, bar also serves hamburgers and sandwiches to complement the wide variety of mixed drinks, beer and wine on the menu. Throughout the week, you'll also be treated to live music.
With it's colorful décor and Italian cuisine, Da Valeria is a good spot to stop for a meal or just a couple of drinks while you're in town. From thin-crust pizza to pasta dishes, the menu offers something for everyone. As a bonus, the restaurant also has free Wi-Fi, so you can catch up on news from home while you enjoy your meal.
A favorite of locals, Pubim serves fresh fish, seafood and sandwiches. The lunch special, called the plate of day, typically consists of fish or chicken, rice, chips and a salad for a steal at 2,50 euros. While there, you can enjoy seating outdoors, as well as live music throughout the week.
Things to Do
Not for the faint of heart, flyboarding is an exhilarating way to spend the afternoon in the warm December weather. Flyboard Cabo Verde takes you out in the bay of Santa Maria for a ride on a jet-powered board that flies you high in the air above the water. The sea temps are still warm this time of the year, so after your flight, the water will feel great as you head back into shore.
Near the center of the island sits the capital city of Espargos and Monte Curral. The Monte Curral hill provides you with expansive views of the town and the island. It is accessible by ATV and foot by a narrow road and at the top is a small shop for snacks and souvenirs.
On the western shore of Sal is Fontona, an isolated cove and beach. Popular with locals as a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the towns, it's a great place to take scenic pictures and relax. There are no restaurants, bars or other amenities nearby, so be sure to bring your own food and water.
Dates to Note
With the significant Catholic following on Sal Island, many of the locals celebrate Christmas just like other areas of the world. Typically, you can expect evening Mass on Christmas Eve, the night before, at many of the local churches. Many of the village and towns also decorate for the season with red and green décor.
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