Attractions

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…
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…
Observatory 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…
Historic Site in St Laurent du Maroni

Le Camp de la Relégation

Le Camp de la Relégation, aka St Jean and 17km from St Laurent, is another abandoned prison camp. It's accessed via two-hour tours offered by the tourist office. These buildings once were home to 'the claws' – light…
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…
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.
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.
Sloth Protection Center in Cayenne

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