Sao Tome and Principe, Africa - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Sao Tome and Principe

Forget the Caribbean, Mauritius, or Seychelles, the remote island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea is a land far from mass tourism, brimming with natural resources and breathtaking scenery, and is the perfect destination for an exotic holiday in paradise.

Trek to unspoilt forests and explore their cascading waterfalls and biodiversity, laze on sun-drenched beaches while palm fronds rustle overhead, dive or snorkel in uncharted turquoise waters, or experience the tropical Portuguese-Creole flavour for yourself by feasting on delicious seafood delights, followed by gourmet chocolates, fresh fruit and some of the world's finest coffee.

Head to the colonial town of São Tomé and admire the distinctive architecture, explore an old cocoa plantation, or visit the fortress museum at Sao Sabastiao where colonial art and religious artefacts can be viewed. São Tomé also has natural attractions in turtle-nesting grounds at Obo National Park and the Boca do Inferno Blowhole.

With an average of only 20 tourists per week, you can be sure you'll be enjoying your very own slice of heaven well off the beaten track. So however you decide to pass the time in São Tomé, make sure you do it slowly.


In Sao Tome and Principe, customs are fairly casual and relaxed, but you shouldn't wear beachwear anywhere but on the beach. It is considered polite to ask a local's permission before taking their picture, and do not try to photograph the palace. Sao Tomeans are very respectful of older people and those with high social status. It is considered a privilege to be invited into a person's home, and you should remove your shoes if you are.

Duty Free

Visitors to Sao Tome and Principe may import a reasonable quantity of tobacco and perfume. Alcoholic beverages and lottery tickets are prohibited.

Passport Visa

It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

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