November 12th, 2009
You've probably never heard of São Tomé e Príncipe, a small island nation off the coast of Africa. However, if you're looking for a quiet, clean beach, it's hard to do much better than this tropical paradise.
São Tomé e Príncipe was once a Portuguese colony. In the 19th and 2oth centuries, the Portuguese imported slaves to grow sugar, coffee and cocoa-so much cocoa, in fact, that they became known as the "chocolate islands."
The islands, located in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Gabon, became independent in 1975. However, cocoa is still their top export. The islands are also packed with biodiversity. In fact, they are home to 983 different plant species and many different types of animals, as well. Visitors to São Tomé e Príncipe get to sample excellent coffee
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