Azores Islands Historic Climate
The Islands' Subtropical Climate May Surprise You!
A four hour flight out of Boston and you're landing at Ponte Delgada in the Azores. If you land in the off season, you might think that you're in for a bit of cold. After all, there's all that cold, Atlantic water around you.
But you'd be wrong. The stable, Subtropical Climate is warm all year but not hot. The Azore Islands are perfect for an active vacation. You might choose to get around on a mountain bike or on foot. The area is beautiful, especially in springtime, when the islands bloom like you can't believe.
As you can see by the historic rainfall chart, it's drier in the summer, but you always have to be ready for a little rain. The Azores get almost 43 inches a year.
Water Temperatures in the Azores
The Azores Islands are known for whale watching, and diving is quite popular. Like the air temperatures, the sea temperatures are amazingly moderate, thanks to the gulf stream. On the 26th of December, 2012, the Praia do Norte-Azores sea temperature was 63 as reported by surf-forecast.com, which provides lots of data for divers and surfers. The water temperature will get to around 77 °F in the summer, then begin to decline.
The best time to go to the Azores is in Spring, when the many wild (and planted!) flowers will be in bloom. You'd expect that. Yet on my trip in October, there were flowers galore, as you can see in our Pictures of the Nordeste Region Gallery.
Map showing the Azores Islands
Below is a zoomable map of the Azores you can use to get your bearings. It takes a little over two hours to get to Lisbon from the Azores, a distance of 890 nautical miles. (You can see the west coast of Europe by clicking the "-" icon in the upper left of the map once to zoom out.)