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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Santa Cruz, Portugal

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Santa Cruz...

Santa Cruz is a surf spot in Portugal. The water temperature around Santa Cruz varies slightly during the year. The temperature ranges from 13.9°C (56.9°F) in February up to 19°C (66.3°F) in the month of September, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 16°C (61°F) and the best time for water activities is early fall, since Santa Cruz is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at Santa Cruz?

The current water temperature in the month of December at Santa Cruz is ca:
0°C (32°F)

Are there any other surf spots close by?

Yes, there are other surf spots in proximity to Santa Cruz. The nearest one is Praia Azul, which is 2.3km (1.5miles) away from Santa Cruz. Click here to check out more information on Praia Azul and its current water temperature. Another surfspot near Santa Cruz is Praia da Areia Branca, which is ca 8.8km (5.5miles) away.

Are there sandy beaches near by?

There are a few other gorgeous beaches in proximity to Santa Cruz. The nearest one is Praia da Amoreira, which is just 0.6km (0.4miles) away from Santa Cruz. Another fun beach near Santa Cruz is Praia do Guincho, which is 0.6km (0.4miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit thickness is recommended for Santa Cruz?

The sea temperature at Santa Cruz is relatively cold, reaching up to 19°C (66°F) in the months of August, September, and October. During this time, in the early fall, a 2-3mm wetsuit might be recommended to feel comfortable, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . Nevertheless, during January, February, and March, water temperatures come down to approximately 14°C (57°F). During these months, a 3-4mm wetsuit is required to feel comfortable, but some people might even be fine with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to have a pair of boots and a hoodie.

How is the diving and fishing close to Santa Cruz?

Due to significant temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions alter quite a bit depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 14 to 19°C (57-66°F) during winter. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog love this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions change during fall when temperatures range from 14 to 19°C (57-66°F). Fish that love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Santa Cruz: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Santa Cruz...

Do you know what the the city Torreselle in Italy, the city Warranwood in Australia, and the city Selenice in Albania have in common with Santa Cruz? Click on the links to find out...