Welcome to Southern Coast
The southern coast offers diverse attractions, including beach resorts, jungle hikes, diving, and some fine accommodation. These are concentrated in two main areas, near Santana (and hence within range of the capital) and near Porto Alegre, at the southern tip of the island. The entire coast is linked by the EN-2, a 2½-hour drive from end to end. The southern half of this road is particularly pleasant, a jungle drive with little traffic and the awesome sight of Cão Grande, the symbol of São Tomé, rising in the distance. From Porto Alegre a potholed dirt road continues along the coast to a trio of bungalow beach resorts, offering various outdoor activities. As elsewhere, the villages are not the focus of your trip.