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Best Time to Visit Côte d’Ivoire in 2024 for Beaches, Hiking, Cultural Tours. Côte d’Ivoire Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Côte d’Ivoire

  • Optimal: November to early March (dry season, cooler temperatures).
  • For beaches: December to February offer the best beach weather.
  • For hiking and cultural tours: The cooler months of November to March are ideal due to lower humidity and clearer skies.

Geography facts

  • Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia.
  • Area: 322,463 km².
  • Borders: Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Burkina Faso.
  • Landscape: Coastal plains, central plateau, and northern savannas. Highest point: Mount Nimba at 1,752 meters.

Côte d’Ivoire offers a diverse landscape from sandy beaches to lush rainforests and historic sites, making it a year-round destination for various activities. The dry season, however, presents the most comfortable weather for exploring the country’s natural and cultural wonders.

Climate

  • Coastal areas: Tropical, with a long dry season and a short rainy season.
  • Inland regions: Semi-arid in the far north and tropical in the south.
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding perceived temperatures. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Hot and dry across the country. Ideal for beach visits and exploring the coastal cities like Grand-Bassam.
  • Average temperature: +31°C (88°F) during the day and +20°C (68°F) at night.
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F), perfect for swimming.

February

  • Continued dry and warm weather, making it excellent for visiting the beaches of Assinie and San-Pédro.
  • Daytime temperatures: +32°C (90°F), Night: +21°C (70°F).
  • Sea temperature: remains around +28°C (82°F).
Yamoussoukro (c) wallpapercosmos.com

March

  • Start of the transition towards the rainy season, but still good for outdoor activities.
  • Temperatures: Day at +33°C (91°F) and Night at +22°C (72°F).
  • Rainfall begins to increase, especially towards the end of the month.

April

  • Increasing rainfall, particularly in the west and southwest. Hiking in the mountains, like Mount Nimba, can be challenging.
  • Temperatures: +32°C (90°F) during the day and +22°C (72°F) at night.

May

  • Rainy season is in full swing, especially in the south. Cultural tours in cities like Yamoussoukro are popular.
  • Daytime temperature: +31°C (88°F), Night temperature: +21°C (70°F).
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

June

  • Peak of the rainy season in the south, less rain in the north. Exploring the national parks, such as Comoé, is ideal.
  • Daytime temperatures: around +30°C (86°F), Night: +21°C (70°F).

July

  • Continued rains in the south, drier in the north. Visits to the cultural sites and indoor activities are recommended.
  • Daytime temperatures: +29°C (84°F), Night: +21°C (70°F).

August

  • End of the rainy season approaching, but still considerable precipitation. Good for exploring the interior regions.
  • Temperatures: Day at +29°C (84°F), Night at +21°C (70°F).

September

  • Transition to the dry season, with less rainfall. Excellent for beginning to explore the beaches again.
  • Daytime temperatures: +30°C (86°F), Night: +21°C (70°F).
Côte d’Ivoire

October

  • Dry season begins, with warmer temperatures and clearer skies. Ideal for road trips and exploring the diverse landscapes.
  • Temperatures: +31°C (88°F) during the day, +21°C (70°F) at night.

November

  • Dry and hot, perfect for outdoor activities. The ideal month for hiking in the northern savannas or visiting the national parks.
  • Daytime temperatures: +32°C (90°F), Night: +20°C (68°F).

December

  • Peak tourist season due to Christmas holidays and excellent weather. Beaches are very popular, as are the cities for their end-of-year festivities.
  • Daytime temperatures: +31°C (88°F), Night temperatures: +20°C (68°F).
  • Sea temperature: around +28°C (82°F), great for water activities.

Côte d’Ivoire’s diverse climates and landscapes offer opportunities for a wide range of activities throughout the year. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beaches, explore cultural sites, or venture into the natural parks, timing your visit with the weather can enhance your experience.

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