French Guiana Travel Guide

Tourist attractions in French Guiana include Cayenne, the vibrant capital of French Guiana, with many interesting sights like the Jesuit-built residence of the Prefect in the Place de Grenoble, the Botanical Gardens, and Iles du Salut (famous for the prison colony Devil’s Island); Kourou, famous for the Guiana Space Center and Sporting and Aero Club; Trésor Nature Reserve; and Amerindian villages of Haut-Maroni and Haut-Oyapoc. Visitors can also enjoy a range of activities like sea fishing, boating, trekking, canoeing, swimming, water-skiing, horse riding, and sailing.

Weather & When to Go

French Guiana enjoys a hot and humid tropical climate with little seasonal variation in temperature. There are only two seasons in French Guiana – a dry season (August to December) and a rainy season (January to July) with heaviest rainfall in May.

Getting There & Away

French Guiana is well connected by air with many countries in South America and Europe, especially France. Flights are available to Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Suriname and Venezuela. It is also connected to Miami (USA) via Guadeloupe and Martinique. Ferry services to Albina (Surinam) are also available. One can also fly from Cayenne to St Georges (Guiana) then take a launch to Oiapoque in Brazil. Bus services from Cayenne to Paramaribo (Surinam) are also available.