São Tomé / Príncipe: Climate
You can visit the islands of Sao Tome and Principe all year around. The climate is tropical with average yearly temperatures of about 27°C (80°F) and little daily variation.
At the interior’s higher altitudes, the average yearly temperature is 20°C (68°F), and nights are generally cool. Annual rainfall varies from 500 centimetres (200 inches) on the south-western slopes to 100 centimetres (40 inches) in the northern lowlands.
Seasons on Sao Tomé & Príncipe
|Season||Period||What to expect||Details|
|Small dry season||December – February||Hottest months of the year, with dry and dusty winds||Carnaval celebrations including traditional dances; good birdwatching; best time for orchid spotting|
|Long wet season||March – May||A mix of showers and sunshine, high humidity||Good for photography due to blue skies and brighter contrasts; more mosquitos; muddy terrain makes hiking more tricky; best time for orchid spotting|
|Long dry season||June – September||Warm temperatures, little rain, cloudy||Best time for hiking & birdwatching; August – festivities & cultural events; every other summer around mid-June – Mid July – Bienal Cultural festival in Sao Tome; whale-watching|
|Small wet season||October – November||A mix of showers and sunshine, high humidity||Good for photography due to blue skies and brighter contrasts; more mosquitos; muddy terrain makes hiking more tricky; best time for orchid spotting|
Roça Belo Monte
Luxurious resort on the tropical island of Principe Belo Monte Plantation Hotel, offering luxurious accommodation in staggeringly beautiful natural surroundings. While Belo Monte Plantation Hotel is a wonderful place to relax and recharge your spirit, there is also plenty here to explore and discover. Read more
Want to explore the island? There are many possibilities: marine excursions like snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving, whale watching and terrestrial excursions like hiking and biking. Read more