What to know

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Por­tuguese is the lin­gua franca of the is­land, so brush up on the most im­por­tant phrases be­fore you go. When you’re there, find some­one who can trans­late a smart­phone SIM Card trans­ac­tion for you: it’s a tricky pro­ce­dure to get it set up, as the text prompts are all in Por­tuguese.

The lo­cal chil­dren can be a bit of a hand­ful, but they’re harm­less and mostly just want to talk to you out of bore­dom. We made plenty of friends this way!

The sun rises at 4am and this is the best time to ex­plore. You won’t re­gret get­ting up a lit­tle bit ear­lier be­cause see­ing how the is­land comes alive is a price­less ex­pe­ri­ence – and you can walk the cir­cum­fer­ence of the is­land and be back in time for a tasty brunch.

The eas­i­est and nicest restau­rant on the is­land is the Golden An­chor in Stone Town. It faces an old church and it’s where all the lo­cals go for a quiet beer to wash down the day. If you are look­ing for a su­per­tra­di­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, visit Sarah’s Place on the brim of Ma­cuti Town, where you can or­der the fresh­est fish dishes and even goat stew.

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