Where is French Guiana? Renowned primarily for the Kourou Space Centre and its infamous Île du Diable (the Devil’s Island), French Guiana is an overseas territory of France. Located on the North Atlantic coast of South America, the region shares its eastern and southern borders with Brazil, while its western border connects the region to the Republic of Suriname.
Where is French Guiana in history? Spread over 83,534 square kilometers, the region has a very low population density (just 3 inhabitants per square kilometer). Although it was colonized by France in the past, its highly bio-diverse climate proved unfavorable for settlers, even when it was used primarily as an area for sending political convicts.
Given its high biodiversity, both the European Union (EU) and The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have made special efforts to protect French Guiana’s forests.
Although Guiana might seem a lonely place, with half its population residing in its metropolitan capital city of Cayenne, you have many exciting places to visit in French Guiana. These include:
The three most coveted features that make any travel location a perfect location are that it has a natural, coastal, and equatorial location. French Guiana has all of this, making it one of the most relaxing places to visit and the towns of Montjoly and Remire near the Cayenne offer miles of natural beaches. They’re perfect for kite surfing, snorkeling, swimming, bird watching, and fishing.
Île du Diable
Notorious for its use for exiling internal French political prisoners, the Devil's Island is renowned for the harsh treatment that was exacted on its prisoners.
Iles du Salut
Once a home to 2,000 convicts, the Salvation Island is located nine miles off the town of Kourou, and allows tourists to explore the restored penal buildings and the rich and fertile natural beauty of the island.
Step into an eye opening experience in the pristine jungles of Guiana and look upon its rivers, wildlife, and flora and fauna.
Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG)
Commonly known as Kourou Space Centre or the Guiana Space Centre, this French and European spaceport has been active since 1968 and is one of the places to visit in French Guiana. The location for the center was selected because it was situated at the equator (and added free velocity to rockets that were launched), and also because it has uninhabited territory (the open sea to its east) where rocket debris can fall.