January and February are in the middle of the rainy season and you won’t find any direct flights so a stopover in Portugal will be necessary for winter travelers.
Temperatures aren’t too bad and are starting to creep over twenty degrees as March turns to April. April also signals the return of direct flights and a fuller ferry timetable as nature lovers head to the islands in search of spring flowers.
Whale watching is also in full swing during April and May however, dolphins and sperm whales can often be seen throughout the year.
June is one of the best times to visit the Azores if you’re interested in walking, hiking and mountain biking, as there’s not much in the way of rainfall and temperatures are akin to an English summer’s day.
The warm and calm conditions of July and August are perfect for boat tours with whales and dolphins attracting the crowds both on and off the beaches.
September finds rainfall levels starting to rise although, in the main, this is a fine time to visit the Azores, especially if you’re into wind-based water sports.
October starts to see ferry timetables restricted and flights requiring a stop-over in Portugal although there are few crowds and affordable accommodation so fine if you don’t mind wrapping up.
The end of the year, November and December, is very quiet in the Azores with the rains well under way and not much chance of spying whales or dolphins amongst the rougher sea conditions.