São Tomé and Príncipe

With a local population of only 208,818 people and roughly only 13,000 tourists visiting each year São Tomé and Príncipe is a perfect getaway destination with tropical climate and unspoiled beaches and jungles.

Known as the African Galápagos, the second smallest island nation of Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe is situated in the Gulf of Guinea. It consists of two volcanic islands – Sao Tome and Principe situated roughly 250 kilometers off the coast of equatorial West Africa.

This former Portuguese colony once boomed in coffee and cocoa production and is rich in mangoes, breadfruit and bananas.

The islands are home to several endemic bird and plant species, including the world’s smallest Ibis and largest Sunbird. The waters are pristine and abundant in marine life. Snorkeling and fishing are a favorite past time and the beaches are an important nesting site for turtles.