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Sao Tome and Principe (Bradt Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Kathleen Becker
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23 July 2008 Bradt Travel Guides
This new Bradt guide will be the first stand-alone guide to Africa's second-smallest country. São Tomé & Príncipe, and its enticing blend of African, Portuguese and Caribbean culture. Largely unexplored and unexploited by tourism, these tropical volcanic islands off the west African coast are the antithesis of mass-market destinations - and one of the most unspoilt places on earth. The guide will enable pioneering travelers to discover an African island paradise.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (23 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622163
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very usable and useful considering it's the first edition of the only mainstream STP travel guide I could find. The author allows her personal experiences to shine through more than is usual nowadays but some may find this makes it more interesting and readable. Even if you don't you shouldn't let that put you off what is probably exactly what you are looking for. Plenty of practical details, the historical back-ground (always important, and even more so for STP (Sao Tome and Principe)), a pretty good map, and - having covered every village of Sao Tome in my month there earlier this year - still sufficiently accurate throughout.
Future editions will, no doubt, be even better after feedback and review. If you don't know them, Bradt guides are an excellent set of guides to niche (mostly island and/or African) places. If you are planning to visit the next up-and-coming location don't hesitate to take this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info 6 July 2013
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After reading this guide, I'm convinced that it will be entirely my own fault if I get malaria or have to spend 2 weeks on the islands without a tooth brush. This guide is the most thorough I have ever read. Every eventuality is covered, and the read is easy - touched by humour, candor and common sense. Very enjoyable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All that I wanted to know, about these small islands 15 May 2011
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Here in Brazil, I read this excellent Bradt travel guide book. This small book is about a small African country: São Tomé and Principe. The author, a German woman, made an excellent book. This book is concise, but even so, it has all that I wanted to know about São Tomé and Principe. These small islands are really well covered, in this book.
I'll show below six good things in this book:
1-This isn't a propaganda-book for stupid tourists. This book really tells about health problems of these islands, including good advices about malaria and foods.
2-This book doesn't forgets about corruption and theft; even recognizing that crime in São Tomé and Principe is low. See page 69. Problems with electricity, prices,etc. are well covered in this book.
3-All restaurants, bars, hotels are in this guide. You can read about their prices,quality, size, etc. before to travel.
4-There's good maps in this book; the bests are next to the cover. Even the islet of Rolas has a good map (see pages 160 and 161).
5-Brazil is remembered in this book, as a source of soup operas (page 110) and martial art capoeira (page 151) for the persons living, in these islands.
6- On page 13, the author praizes the Portuguese colonialism, with these sentences:"The Portuguese colonialists traditionally mixed more with the native population than the English; there is a saying that whereas English and French colonialists made enemies, the Portuguese made children."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only and best guidebook on this off the beaten path two island nation 21 April 2013
By Daniel Gamboa - Published on
My respect to the author of this guidebook. The guidebook covers EVERYTHING there is to know about Sao Tomé and Príncipe, from logistics, lodging and eating to sightseeing, from culture to the good, the bad and the ugly. There is even a chapter about buying property, so this tells you how thorough it is. Even though it has few pictures, the author has the power, with her writing, to "transport" you to each island. I agree 100% with the list the previous reviewer posted about why this is a high quality guidebook. I hope Bradt continues to produce it and updates it in the future.
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