São Tomé and Príncipe
Key Country Facts
Five of the seven marine turtle species left in the world visit Programa Tato island, with four of them nesting there!
Banana Beach, Programa Tato, Roca S. Joao dos Angolares colonial-style plantation, Museu Nacional De São Tomé and Príncipe
The top exports are cocoa beans, coffee, tea extracts, chocolate, integrated circuits, and centrifuges.
São Tomé and Príncipe is a volcanic chain close to the equator off the coast of western Africa.. The capital is São Tomé and the country’s population is about 190,344 people (2015). The primary language is Portuguese, and the main religion is Roman Catholicism followed by a much smaller Protestant population. The time zone is 4 hours ahead of EST.
Head to Banana Beach to relax and enjoy a peaceful afternoon by the bright blue waters. Also worth a visit is the Roca S. Joao dos Angolares colonial-style plantation, either just for a bite and a tour or for staying the night. To get better views of the island, get a tour in the Museu Nacional De São Tomé and Príncipe and spend time in this old, historic fort overlooking the ocean.
If visiting during birthing times, head to the Programa Tato (Observação de tartarugas marinhas) in Morro Peixe and visit the beach in the early evening to see the nesting ritual of one of the turtle species found in São Tomé and Príncipe. Travelers may even be able to witness the birth of baby sea turtles as they emerge from the sand and make their way to the ocean. It is a truly unforgettable experience, though be sure to be careful and obey and instructions given by staff members. Five of the seven marine turtle species left in the world visit this island, with four of them nesting here.
To see an incredible spire-shaped volcanic plug left behind after erosion, head to the Obo National Park and watch the volcano where the tall rocky remains can easily be seen from the roadside. It is the tallest volcanic plug in the world, and it gets its name – Pico Cão Grande – from looking like a dog’s face staring up at someone. At over 2,000 feet tall, it is taller than the empire state building!