São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe? If you're planning to go to São Tomé, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

Based on the climate and weather in São Tomé, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe by month

January

If you are traveling to São Tomé in January, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear

February

February here is hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion

March

If you go to São Tomé in March, you will notice that it is hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat

April

In April, São Tomé is extremely warm. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 60s F (low 20s C). This is also a rainy time for São Tomé, with more than half of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants

May

In May, São Tomé is a perfect temperature. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (high 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 60s F (low 20s C). This is also a rainy time for São Tomé, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion

June

If you visit São Tomé during June, you are likely to find that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals

July

July here is warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

August

August in São Tomé is warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts or short pants

September

September here is warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear

October

October here is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella

November

If you vacation in São Tomé during November, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat

December

If you go to São Tomé in December, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

Here are some general tips on what to wear in São Tomé, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in São Tomé
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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