Cruise ships dock or mostly tender you close to the center of town.
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São Tomé and Príncipe (often called just "São Tomé" for short) is a small island nation off the Atlantic coast of Central Africa, located in the Gulf of Guinea, straddling the Equator, west of Gabon.
After dark it is dead and dark with no street lights, so it's a good idea to try and cram as much activity into the day as possible. Tourists are only beginning to discover the island's loud capped volcanoes, thick jungle, and empty yet stunningly beautiful beaches.
Upon arrival you will have to show documents(yellow vaccination card) that proves that you have received vaccination against Yellow fever. You also have to protect yourself against Malaria. Some countries also recommend vaccination against Cholera, Typhoid Fever and Polio. As each country has its own recommendations for travelling abroad, consult your doctor for specific advice.
Off the beaten path, São Tomé is a tropical paradise that offers lush rainforests, bird watching, secluded waterfalls and pristine, isolated beaches. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the tiny volcanic island offers a unique blend of Portuguese and Creole. Enjoy spectacular views on a hike to the peak of Pico de São Tomé, go in search of the 109 species of orchid, or marvel at the impressive Boca do Inferno blowhole.
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The beaches in São Tomé and Principe is far from crowded. The coast has a lot of beaches, with almost no people. You might see a fisherman going out to sea, but that's about it. If you like to have a beach for your self, this is the right place for you.
The local currency is Dobra(STD), and we recommend that you bring Dollar or Euro to change to Dobra when you are in the country. You will get good exchange rates if you use one of the brokers by the market, but you can also use one of the banks to exchange money. There are no ATM-machines in the country, but some of the hotels accept Visa and Master card.
The official language is Portuguese, English not widely spoken.
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