Sao Tome and Principe - Profile
- This is Africa's smallest nation and it lies in the southern part of the Gulf of Guinea. It comprises of the island of São Tomé, its smaller neighbour, Principe and several tiny, mostly uninhabited islands.
- As a previous colony of Portugal, Portuguese is the most widely spoken language. Formally dependent on sugar plantations, then cocoa for its economy, the country now has hopes that its off-shore oil reserves will now allow it to become indepentent of foreign aid.
- The diversity of it flora and fauna in the tropical forests together with the abundance of fish in its clear waters, makes this an interesting cruising area.
The country is regarded as safe, but note that there have been a few incidences of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
São Tomé and Principe has a tropical climate. The wet season runs from October to May with June to September being drier. The temperature does not vary greatly with average high around 30°C and average low around 22°C.
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