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Pestana Sao Tome Ocean Resort
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Miramar by Pestana Hotel
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Sweet Guest House
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Cocoa Hotel Residence
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Rua Padre Martinho Pinto Da Rocha, 33-BSao Tome

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Sao Tome & Principe (Bradt Travel Guides)

Kathleen Becker

Marooned off the coast of Gabon, the volcanic islands of São Tomé & Príncipe are a largely undiscovered, uniquely rewarding and safe destination with an exciting blend of African, Portuguese and Caribbean cultures. Explore secluded beaches and colonial plantation houses; spot endemic rainforest birds and learn about medicinal plants; scale the Pico and dive in toasty waters; taste the world's best chocolate; watch turtles hatching and get into the laid-back, 'léve-léve' Santomean groove. This remains the only dedicated guide to this island paradise.

Sao Tome and Principe (Bradt Travel Guide)

Kathleen Becker

This is the first stand-alone guide to Africa’s second-smallest country (around 1,000km²), São Tomé & Príncipe, renowned for its enticing blend of African, Portuguese and Caribbean culture.Largely unexplored and unexploited by tourism, these tropical volcanic islands off the west African coast are the antithesis of mass-market destinations – and one of the most unspoilt places on earth. The author guides pioneering travellers round this African island paradise, 75% of which is covered by rainforest, and its unspoilt palm-fringed beaches, towering volcanic peaks, and fascinating colonial heritage. She also provides in-depth coverage of Sâo Tomean culture and history as well as contemporary political issues.

São Tomé e Príncipe

Dan E. Nielsen

This book is a personal "point-in-time" description of the unique West African country of São Tomé e Príncipe as it presented itself to the author in 2015. It is not intended as a traditional travel guide although it does contain an introduction with practical information. Rather, it takes the reader on tours around the country’s two main islands introducing both the magnificent scenery and the wonderful people. The book contains more than 100 colour illustrations; consequently it is not suited for devices with grey-scale screens.

Hiking in São Tomé & Príncipe: DISCOVER SÃO TOMÉ ISLAND - BY FOOT!

André M.L.

Hiking in São Tomé and Príncipe is your passport to the most beautiful natural landscapes that São Tomé Island has to offer. You will find up-to-date advice on what hiking/trekking trails to go for, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore a bat cave, marvel at the Mist Forest in Pico São Tomé, or relax in Beautiful old houses after a long day of exploration. Get to the heart of São Tomé and begin your journey now!NOTE: This guide only covers São Tomé IslandInside Hiking in São Tomé and Príncipe :•Colour maps and images•Maps with trail location, difficulty, elevation and duration and interests to help you with your personal needs and interests•Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local.•Cultural and Science insights give you a richer, more rewarding hiking experience – Fauna, Flora, Geology, History, environment, etc…eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)•Downloadable GPS to prevent you getting lost.•Seamlessly flip between pages.•Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash.•Embedded links to recommendations' websites and documents.•Zoom-in maps and images.Check the Website!https://hikingsaotome.com

Gabon, Sao Tome & Principe: The Bradt Travel Guide

Sophie Warne

Gabon is the ideal destination for naturalists, boasting easily accessible rain forests and reserves where an astonishing range of wildlife can be found and environmental conservation and research is being carried out. The country is particularly prized by birders. Excellent history, geography, and culture introductions underpin a practical guide that covers all the hard facts a visitor needs to know, including activities such as fishing, watersports, and whale and dolphin watching. The volcanic islands of São Tomé and Prìncipe lie to the west of Gabon. With a strong Portuguese influence, they are ripe for exploring by independent travelers who will discover an archipelago of sugarloaf peaks, idyllic beaches, and fertile rain forests hosting a range of endemic species. This is the first English travel guide to Gabon and the independent islands of São Tomé and Prìncipe.

SAO TOME and PRINCIPE Country Studies: A brief, comprehensive study of Sao Tome and Principe

CIA

A brief yet detailed report on the country of Sao Tome and Principe with updated information on the map, flag, history, people, economics, political conditions in government, foreign affairs, and U.S. relations.

Sarah's Guide to Sao Tome and Principe

Sarah Bennett

An indispensable guide to Sao Tome and Principe written by Sarah Bennett from her experience of visiting these beautiful islands. Covering information about the islands, the local festivals, how to get around, tips on how to be environmentally friendly, restaurant recommendations, what to take and lots more.Written from personal experience, Sarah is co-founder of Archipelago Choice, the UK's leading and multi award winning tour operator to the Portuguese speaking islands in the mid Atlantic. www.saotomechoice.com

Sao Tome and Principe Travel Journal: Travel Journal with 150 lined pages

Wild Pages Press

This is a stylish designer travel journal with 150 lined pages, perfect for your next big trip. Beautiful glossy softcover, perfect for everyday use. Record all your important details or precious memories. Perfectly spaced between lines to allow plenty of room to write. Wild Pages Press are publishers of unique journals and notebooks that are a little bit quirky and different. Stunning covers, sturdy for everyday use. Great quality, we offer thousands of different designs to choose from. Wild Pages Press journals, notebooks and school exercise books make amazing gifts perfect for any special occasion or for a bit of luxury for everyday use. These journals, notebooks and school exercise books are so versatile, they can be the perfect travel companion, or a stylish lecture pad for college or university, cool notebook for school, comprehensive notebook for work, or as a journal, the perfect family heirloom to be treasured for years to come. These quality journals, notebooks and school exercise books are made in the USA and competitively priced so they can be enjoyed by everyone.

GABON / SAO TOME ET PRINCIPE 2018/2019 Petit Futé (Country Guide) (French Edition)

Dominique Auzias

Quel voyage de nos jours réveille encore l'étonnement candide et l'émerveillement de la Nature dans toute sa virginité? Quelle destination peut encore se vanter de susciter l'intérêt des derniers aventuriers de la brousse africaine ? Restés à l'écart des circuits des grand voyageurs du monde, connus surtout comme spots de pêche sportive, Gabon et Sao Tomé, proposent les attraits d'un paradis de la biodiversité, qu'il faut se donner la peine d'aller chercher, et dont les secrets profonds se livrent en échange de patience et de passion.Sans la réduire à sa seule nature, la culture loin de s'opposer à elle, se confond et prend naissance en son sein pour y raviver les cultes ancestraux. Les parades nuptiales des baleines à bosse, le ballet maladroit des pachydermes dans l'Océan ou le mystère d'une cérémonie bwiti, la singularité de l'architecture portugaise métissée dans les îles du milieu du monde, la nonchalance d'une population se mouvant au rythme du « levé, levé », les plages dorées à perte de vue ou la beauté des fonds marins transcendent celui qui osera vivre et voir ce patrimoine universel, encore intact, du berceau de l'humanité.Le Gabon et son voisin l'archipel de Sao Tomé, deux entités à la fois si proche et si différentes, complètent un tableau de l'histoire de l'Afrique dans toute sa splendeur, que le Petit Futé se propose d'être le premier à dévoiler...

Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

There is no resident Canadian government office in São Tomé and Príncipe, which limits the Government of Canada in providing consular assistance to Canadian citizens in São Tomé and Príncipe. If you are confronted with an emergency, you will have to make your way to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate or rely on your own resources.

Although the country is generally stable, incidents of unrest can arise occasionally. Indications of tension have recently been observed between the government and members of the São Tomé and Príncipe special police forces. You should be vigilant in these circumstances even though these incidents are relatively isolated. You are advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and monitor local news reports.

Armed robbery, burglary, and pickpocketing can occur, particularly in public areas such as markets, streets or near hotels, but incidents are rare. Ensure your personal belongings and your travel documents are secure. Avoid deserted beaches and poorly lit areas after dark.

Tourist facilities are limited but adequate.

Power outages occur frequently.

Telecommunications services such as mobile phone, landlines and internet access are limited, making it difficult to communicate with anyone outside the country.

Road travel

Streets in São Tomé are paved but there are many large potholes. Roads outside the capital are paved and in fair condition, but they are poorly lit and can be impassable during the rainy season. Roaming animals pose a hazard. Car rentals, with or without drivers, can be arranged through major hotels. Honking to warn of your approach is considered a normal practice. Emergency roadside services are non-existent.

Public transportation

Other than taxis, there is no public transportation. Taxi fares should be negotiated prior to departure.

There is air transportation between São Tomé and Príncipe islands but seats must be reserved in advance.

Consult our Transportation FAQ in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Piracy

Pirate attacks occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. For additional information, consult the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
 

Rabies

Rabies is a disease that attacks the central nervous system spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from a rabid animal. Vaccination should be considered for travellers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure (i.e., close contact with animals, occupational risk, and children).

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives, or with weakened immune systems. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should consider getting vaccinated.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is low potential for yellow fever exposure in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers from all countries.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination may be recommended depending on your itinerary.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in Central Africa, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Central Africa. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis is caused by blood flukes (tiny worms) spread to humans through contaminated water. The eggs of the worms can cause stomach illnesses like diarrhea and cramps or urinary problems. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Avoid swimming in contaminated water. There is no vaccine available for schistosomiasis.

Travellers' diarrhea
  • Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
  • Risk of developing travellers’ diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
  • The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in Central Africa, certain insects carry and spread diseases like African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), chikungunya, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, onchocerciasis, Rift Valley feverWest Nile virus and yellow fever.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.


Malaria

Malaria

  • There is a risk of malaria throughout the year in the whole country.
  • Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes. There is no vaccine against malaria.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent and staying in well-screened air-conditioned accommodations. You may also consider sleeping under an insecticide-treated bednet or pre-treating travel gear with insecticides.
  • See a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before you travel to discuss the benefits of taking antimalarial medication and to determine which one to take.

Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in Central Africa, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities are limited, very poor and many medicines are not available. Serious medical cases may need to be evacuated to another country for treatment.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

Homosexual activity is illegal.

It is prohibited to photograph airports, military establishments and government buildings.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

An International Driving Permit is required.

Money

The currency is the Dobra (STD). U.S. dollars, euros and CFA francs BEAC (Banque des États de l'Afrique Centrale) are widely accepted. Credit cards can only be used at major international hotels. Traveller’s cheques may be cashed at hotels and at one private bank in São Tomé.

There are no automated banking machines (ABMs).

Climate

The rainy season extends from September to May. Some roads may be impassable during this period. You should keep informed of regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly.

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