São Tomé and Príncipe (Sao Tome and Principe)

São Tomé and Príncipe Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Ana Sofia Guerreirinho

Exotic and quiet


São Tomé and Príncipe is an island nation consisting predominantly of two islands - the larger volcanic island of São Tomé and the much smaller Príncipe - off the western coast of Central Africa. One of the smallest countries in the world (ranking just under Luxembourg and Mauritius in terms of size), this nation of 200,000 fell under Portuguese rule for hundreds of years and was an important sugar-producing colony as well as a transit point for ships involved in the slave trade. The country gained its independence in 1975.

Often touted as a great destination for eco-tourism, by no means is São Tomé and Príncipe a major tourist destination. Yet you will find excellent 5 star resorts here, so it is not all that adventurous either. Simply put, if you love yourself some secluded beaches, want to do some active exploring (for instance into the jungle of the Obo National Park to find hidden waterfalls or to make your way towards the Pico de São Tomé - 2,000 m or 6,640 ft high - we're just making suggestions?), and want to do all of this against the backdrop of an easy-going Portuguese speaking ex-colonial society with some of the man-made sights to show for it, São Tomé should be right up your alley. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • São Tomé and Príncipe is a region in Sao Tome and Principe. It is situated at an altitude of 463ft and the best airport to fly into is TMS (Sao Tome Island, Sao Tome Island)
  • The currency used in Sao Tome and Principe is the Sao Tome and Principe dobra (STD)

São Tomé and Príncipe Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
86 86 88 86 84 82 82 82 84 84 84 84

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
3.2 3.3 5.2 4.7 4.4 0.6 0 0 0.7 4.3 3.9 3.9

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