Praia Banana

Top choice in São Tomé & Príncipe


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Once the subject of a world-famous Bacardi advertisement (you'll remember it when you see it), this picture-perfect tropical beach is located on the grounds of Roça Belo Monte, a 15-minute walk from the front gate. It is first seen from above, at a clifftop mirador (overlook; where the ad was shot), before descending to sea level, where you'll find its golden sands, in the shape of a banana, beneath swaying palms.

Hidden beneath the trees are a small bar and lounge chairs. There is snorkeling at either end, excellent swimming in between, and kayaks available from resort staff. The perfect beach day is here!