São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe is the second smallest African country consisting of two main islands. We decided to visit São Tomé, the larger of the two islands. Our jam packed 4 day itinerary covered a lot of ground. Using the capital city of São Tomé as our base, we decided to split our time with one day devoted to the north, one day to the south, one to the central sights and the last day dedicated to the capital city. Our first full day in the north included the following sights: Bela Vista village, the biggest former cocoa plantation of Roça Agostinho Neto, Tamarindos Beach, Morro Peixe fishing village, Monument of the Discoveries, Rock of the Santa Catarina Tunnel, local crab joint Petisqueira Santola and the Blue Lagoon. The next day was action packed as we focused on the southern highlights of the island: Pesqueira Waterfall, Pico Cão Grande – a needle shaped volcanic plug in Obo National Park, Praia Jale, Praia Piscina, Praia Inhame, Porto Alegre, Praia Micondo, Praia Grande, Praia Sete Ondas, Água-Izé Plantation, and Boca Do Inferno – a natural blowhole formation. Our third day’s itinerary brought us back to Água-Izé Plantation as we had run out of time the day before to visit it. We got a local guide to show us around one of São Tomé’s most important cocoa plantations. From there, we made our way to Bombain waterfall which is well off the beaten path so we had a private swimming pool all to ourselves! The second waterfall of the day, Saint Nicholas Waterfall, was a bit more popular but we were still the only visitors. Our last stop of the day was a visit to Monte Cafe, one of the oldest plantations on the island. On our last day in São Tomé, we decided it was finally time to visit the capital city itself, taking in the main sights in a do it yourself tour which lasted two hours. Since we still had plenty of time before our afternoon flight, we spent the rest of our day relaxing on Tamarindos Beach. Even though we didn’t spend much time here, São Tomé really impressed and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this island paradise.

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