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French Guiana is the oldest of the overseas possessions of France
and the only remaining French territory on the American mainland.
Overseas Departments of France.
Space Agency, French Guiana Maps, French Guiana Overview, French
Guiana Travel Guides, French
Territory on American Mainland, Kourou, Map of
The Guianas, Penal Colonies, Tourism in French Guiana.
Available for Travel
French Guiana is located on the north-eastern coast of South America,
between Suriname and Brazil.
If you've travelled around South America speaking Spanish and
Portuguese, it's nice to sip a Kronenbourg and speak a little French for a change.
Weather in South America:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Latin America.
The capital of French Guiana is on Cayenne Island, at the mouth of
the Cayenne River.
The harbour is too shallow for large ships, although there is boat
service to other coastal points in French Guiana.
The French established their first settlement at Cayenne in the early
The Dutch occupied it a couple of time in the 1660s, with the French
acquiring permanent control early in the 18th century.
Hotel Amazonia: 28 Av. General De Gaulle.
The Best Western Hotel Amazonia, a large complex with a restaurant, bar and a residential
apartment building, is located on Cayenne's main shopping avenue.
Cayenne: Route De Montabo.
Located in a tropical garden, opposite Montjoly beach.
Compare Hotel Prices in French Guiana
The French established a penal colony here in the 1850s, with
nearby Devil's Island another notorious penal colony.
Devil's Island, off the steamy coast of French Guiana, is famous for being infamous.
Cruise liners stop by where once the prison ships landed their cargoes of hardened
criminals. A must-see on the South American tourist circuit.
Henri Charri�re was a Frenchman, convicted in 1931 of a murder he did not commit.
Sentenced to life imprisonment, he spent 12 years in the penal colony of French Guiana.
After eight unsuccessful attempts to escape, he finally got away to Venezuela. More than 20 years later, when he was 60, Charri�re
wrote this story.
Ariatel Kourou: Avenue de St Exup�ry.
Situated on the outskirts of Kourou, on the edge of the Bois Diable lake, on 4 acres of
The European Space Agency operates a satellite launching facility
at Kourou, from where the Ariane rocket was first launched in 1983.
Latest launch news from the Guiana Space Centre, also known as the Spaceport. Its
strategic location near the Equator provides optimum operating conditions for commercial
launches. Access to the Spaceport is strictly controlled.
in the Tropics:
Rockets roar into space, bearing roughly half the world's commercial satellites, from the
same South American coastal rainforest where convicts once did time on infamous Devil's
Island. Read the comparisons.
French Guiana receives over 50,000 tourists a year.
The official presentation from the Tourist Board of French Guiana.
Tourism guide to French Guiana for speakers of French.
Personal site hosted on Geocities with pictures of places to see and things to do around
Brief introduction to French Guiana and the ecosystem.
of French Guiana:
Very basic map of French Guiana, showing the localities.
Large map of French Guiana showing roads, rivers and localities.
American Handbook -
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