Sailing vacation in Cape Verde

Best places and routes to sail in region. Weather, trade winds and important details for perfect sailing holidays in Cape Verde.

Sailing trip in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a state in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the Canaries. It consists of 15 islands, some of them are uninhabited.

 

These are amazing islands, located 500 km west of Dakar. There is a breathtaking mix of mountains, beaches, and quiet coastal villages.

Sailing season
All the year round
Travel season
All the year round
Marinas in this location
2
Boats in this location
8

Main facts about region

Capital:
Praia
Telephone code:
+238
Language:
Portuguese, Kabuverdianu
Timezone:
UTC -1
Currency:
Cape Verde Escudo (CVE)
Population:
583,255

Yacht rental in Cape Verde

  • The main reason for yacht rental in Cape Verde is the beauty of the local nature. For example, from the yacht you can see flocks of whales, who are often not afraid to swim close to the shore.
  • You can go scuba diving during your yacht trip. There are coral reefs, underwater caves, colorful fish and sunken ships in the waters of Cape Verde. You can hide from civilization and enjoy the view of the yellow rocks and the azure ocean on the spacious and uncrowded beaches of Cape Verde.
  • Take a yacht cruise to the largest city in the country, Mindelo, which is situated on the island of Santo Vincent. This is a real touristic center with bars, clubs, shops and colonial-style architecture.
  • If you are planning to take a yacht charter in Cape Verde in February, don’t miss the colorful carnival, which takes place every year in Praia and Mindelu. It is similar to the famous Brazilian carnivals, where participants in fancy costumes walk through the wide streets accompanied by musicians, while tourists walk, take pictures and try local dishes.
  • The only marina in Cape Verde where you can spend the night on a yacht is Mindelo. There are small anchorages without access to the pier on other islands.
  • Cape Verde is a state in the Atlantic Ocean, which is located on the archipelago of the same name. Tourism here is developing rapidly, but the cost of recreation remains acceptable for such a paradise place with untouched nature.

For sailing or motor yacht charter in Cape Verde, at least one crew member must have a RYA, IYT, ISSA certificate, and a GIMS certificate (with the appropriate category). A radio operator license is usually not required.

Cape Verde - Yacht Charter Sailica
Cape Verde - Yacht Charter Sailica
Cape Verde - Yacht Charter Sailica
Cape Verde - Yacht Charter Sailica
Cape Verde - Yacht Charter Sailica

Cape Verde travel itinerary

Here's an example of an interesting circular Cape Verde sailing routes:

  • Palmeira, Sal — Boa Vista — Santiago — Fogo — San Vincente — Santo Antao — Palmeira, Sal

Experienced sailors from the Cape Verde Islands sail across the Atlantic to Saint Lucia or Saint Vincent.

Available yachts in the region

2512 €
per week
8
Guests
4
Cabins
49 ft
Length
2004
Built in
2586 €
per week
12
Guests
5
Cabins
51 ft
Length
1998
Built in
2596 €
per week
8
Guests
4
Cabins
45 ft
Length
2009
Built in
3200 €
per week
10
Guests
4
Cabins
45 ft
Length
2016
Built in
3427 €
per week
12
Guests
5
Cabins
52 ft
Length
2017
Built in
3750 €
per week
12
Guests
6
Cabins
52 ft
Length
2018
Built in
4025 €
per week
12
Guests
5
Cabins
52 ft
Length
2016
Built in

Nearest Airports

Amílcar Cabral International Airport SID
Nelson Mandela International Airport RAI
São Filipe Airport SFL

Yachting season, weather, and the best time to travel to Cape Verde

The climate on the islands is mild, the temperature almost does not change throughout the year. Cape Verde water temperature is approximately 25 degrees Celsius. Precipitation is infrequent, which is great for a beach holiday with children.

 

You can sail the Cape Verde Islands all year round. Trade winds blow from November to March; temperature drops during the day and at night are insignificant. There is relatively high humidity on islands — about 70%. Daytime temperatures range from +23° C to +30° C.

 

There are two seasons on Cape Verde Islands: the rainy (Pace Chuvas) and the time of the winds (Tempo the Brisas). The rainy season lasts from August to September, and during these two months, there is a high probability of heavy tropical rainfall. The strongest trade winds blow from October to July.

 

Harmattan wind is the most dangerous for yachtsmen. It blows from the direction of Africa between November and March. A lot of sand and dust brought from the Sahara.

Water temperature in sailing season +23...+27 °
Air temperature in sailing season +28...+33 °
Wind speed in sailing season 15 - 22 knots

Weather forecast for yachting in Cape Verde

To find out a more accurate weather forecast, you can use the following Internet resources:

  • weather — a site with accurate synoptic data;
  • windfinder — a service for tracking winds, viewing water and air temperatures.