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French Guiana, Travel Guide- General Presentation

French Guiana belongs to one department d’outre mer of France, situated in the north of South America. As its name states, it is a French colony, being included in the Guianas, together with the British Guiana (Guyana) and the Dutch Guiana (Suriname). Any French Guyana Travel Guide you will read, it will inform you that this country is actually a region included in the French territory and that the legislation, local currency, language, economy resemble and relies heavily on the ones in the mother country. However, starting 1970’s a movement towards an increased autonomy from the dominating country has started been noticed.

The official language here is French, but there are also many other dialects that are spoken and accepted, such as French Guiana Creole, 6 Arawak, Palikur, Kali'na, Wayana, Wayampi, Emerillon) etc. The country accommodates a large number of cultures, so other languages as English, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish can also be heard on these exotic lands.

French Guiana, Travel Guide - What to Visit/ Do

As this beautiful country is situated in near the Equator, the perfect weather together with the hot beaches makes it a perfect destination for those who love sunbathing and/or going fishing. Just imagine building sand castles on the golden beaches or refreshing yourself in the crystal clear waters. As French Guiana is an undiscovered but perfect land for vacations, the places aren’t that crowded, which will help you truly enjoy the specific charm of this culture.

The diversity of cultures you will meet here will enrich your experience of life and will help you socialize easier. In the unique capital, Cayenne, you will learn about this country’s agitated past, sometimes coming back to life even nowadays. This tropical country must face many problems due to the mixture of people living here and to France’s domination over the area.

If you browse a French Guyana Travel Guide, it will most certainly advise you to begin your adventure trough this unique city in Place Grenoble, where you will find the largest part of the official buildings. If you move to the west, you can admire the beautiful 17th century Fort Cépérou, from where you can have a spectacular view.

After all this adventure if you feel a little tired and hungry, you can go to Place Victor Schoelcher Market, a huge market offering a large variety of vegetables and fruits at a very low price.

Together with lots of presents and beautiful memories, don’t forget to take with you the promise of coming back soon in this exotic tropical country called French Guyana!


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Cayenne, French Guiana

The city is the capital of French Guiana and it is situated in the north east of South America, on an island formed by the estuaries of Cayenne and Mahury Rivers. It is said that Guiana was occupied by the French simply because it was considered too poor by the Spanish....  Read more »




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