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.
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography and climate, History, Politics and society, People, Education, Women, Economy, Religion, Culture, Natural history and
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights and itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies and consulates, Getting there and away, Health, Crime and security, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and opening hours, Shopping and services 80, Activities, Arts and entertainment, Photography, Media and communications, Language courses, Business, Buying property, Tourism, Giving something back
PART TWO SÃO TOMÉ
Chapter 3 São Tomé: the Capital
Highlights, Background information, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Local travel agencies, Local conservation agencies, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Practicalities, What to see, Cultural/research institutions, One-day
Chapter 4 The North and the Northwest
Highlights, Background information, Getting around, Northern beaches, Guadalupe town, From Guadalupe to Neves, Neves, From Neves to the end of the road
Chapter 5 The Interior
Highlights, Background information, Getting around, Madre de Deus, Trindade, From Trindade to Bombaim, Towards Bom Sucesso/Monte
Chapter 6 The East and South
Highlights, Background information, Getting around, From São Tomé to São João dos Angolares, São João dos Angolares, From São João dos Angolares to Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Ilhéu das Rolas (Rolas Island), The Southwest
PART THREE PRÍNCIPE
Chapter 7 Príncipe
Highlights, Background information, Culture, Getting there, Getting around, Santo António: the capital, Exploring Príncipe, Activities, Bom Bom Island resort
Appendix 1 Wildlife Glossary
Appendix 2 Language
Appendix 3 Further Information
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Kathleen Becker is the author of the Marco Polo travel guide to London and two literary guides. A keen linguist and lover of the outdoors, she is especially interested in island destinations.