Top Choice Historic Site in St Laurent du Maroni

Camp de la Transportation

The eerie Camp de la Transportation, where prisoners arrived for processing, was the largest prison in French Guiana. Convicts arrived by boatfuls and it took 20 days to cross the Atlantic. The tourist office offers…
Top Choice Market in Cayenne

Central Market

Inside Cayenne's market, shoppers will find a vibrant jumble of Amerindian basketry, African-style paintings and carvings, piles of exotic spices at great prices, and soup stalls that serve up the best Vietnamese ph…
Market in Cayenne

Main Market

Cayenne's Main Market, is a vibrant jumble of Hmong handicrafts, African-style paintings, piles of exotic spices (with great bargains on saffron!) and science fiction-looking fruits and veggies. The indoor soup stal…
Museum in Cayenne

Musée Départemental

The centrally located Musée Départemental features a frighteningly large stuffed black caiman, as well as other preserved local critters, an ethno-botanical display and an air-conditioned 'butterfly room.' The upsta…
Museum in Cayenne

Musée des Cultures Guyanaises

The smaller Musée des Cultures Guyanaises is devoted to Guiana's early history, from its geologic formation through precolonial, Amerindian times. It houses a relaxing, air-con library (upstairs) that has publicatio…
Space Center in Kourou

Centre Spatial Guyanais

In 1964 Kourou was chosen to be the site of the Centre Spatial Guyanais because it's close to the equator, is away from tropical storm tracks and earthquake zones, and has a low population density. The center is run…
Museum in Îles du Salut

Director's House

This breezy old house holds a very interesting history display (in French and English), including some old photographs.
Museum in Kourou

Musée de l'Espace

Don't miss the excellent Musée de l'Espace within the space center complex, with informative displays in English and French. Note that the space center is closed on days after a launch.
Museum in Cacao

Le Planeur Bleu

A fun museum featuring lots of insects, dead and alive. Myriad species of butterflies flutter around the butterfly garden or go back inside to hold a live tarantula.
Sloth Protection Center in Cayenne