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Sao Tome And Principe
This island-nation, officially known as the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, is a collection of islands off the coast of Africa. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean near the Gulf of Guinea, these collections of volcanic islands are the 2nd smallest country and the smallest Portuguese-speaking country in Africa. The country attained sovereignty in 1975 and has a stable democracy. Your Sao Tome and Principe travel guide will include exploration of the famous volcanic mountains of the region.
Visa Requirements for Entering Sao Tome and Principe
The nationals of the European Union and certain other countries are exempted from requiring Sao Tome and Principe visa during their visit. The travelers from other countries can obtain a visa permit by applying online through the countries’ eVisaST system. An updated list of the visa-exempted countries and the application form may be referred to in the official site of the Sao Tome and Principe government. Visitors to the countries are however required to carry a valid passport with them.
Best Period of the Year to visit Sao Tome and Principe
The closeness to the Equator and the influence of the sea bestows little difference in the average temperatures all round the year. The days are generally comfortable between 28°C to 31°C throughout the year. There are two rainy seasons between the months of February/May and October/November. So, the best time to visit Sao Tome and Principe will depend on the type of experiences you want to enjoy in the country.
Top Attractive Destinations in Sao Tome and Principe
A day of watching the humpback whales in the months of July to October is one of the top things to do in Sao Tome and Principe. Dolphins are seen in the surrounding seas all season long. Alternatively, climbing the Pico de São Tomé Mountain or bird-watching are other popular activities in the picturesque islands, along with variety of sea-based activities. The capital city of Sao Tome and the San Antonio city in Principe are two of the best places to visit in Sao Tome and Principe. You will witness the colonial past and Portuguese architecture throughout your travels here.
Options of Transportation in Sao Tome and Principe
The islands rely mainly on road for travels within the larger island of Sao Tome. So, rented vehicles (preferably jeeps) are the easiest solution to solve the issue of how to reach Sao Tome and Principe destinations, at least on the larger islands. There is an airport for the international flights arriving from Portugal or Africa. You may also travel by sea to these islands and between the islands on sailboats or steamers.
Local Cuisine and Accommodation in Sao Tome and Principe
“Barriga de Peixe” is a traditional dish prepared from grilled fish, served with breadfruit, cassava or rice. ‘Calulu’ is another local dish made with smoked fish, tomato, okra, eggplant, onion and spices. Coffee is used for seasoning and as an ingredient in cooking. For a comfortable stay during your vacation, Omali Lodge and Pestana São Tomé Hotel provides excellent hospitality to tourists.
Your vacation in Sao Tome and Principe will be a memorable time spent in the lap of nature and sea.
How much does it cost to travel to Sao Tome And Principe
Plan your trip to Sao Tome And Principe with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Sao Tome And Principe is USD 43 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 172. For getting around Sao Tome And Principe, you will need a rough figure of USD 55 per day. For detailed Sao Tome And Principe trip cost calculator, use Sao Tome And Principe Trip Planner.
*Based on Food, Accommodation & Transportation