Top things to do in French Guiana

Top Choice Observatory in Kourou

Centre Spatial Guyanais

Visiting the Centre Spatial Guyanais and (if you're lucky) seeing a rocket launch are two of French Guiana's biggest highlights. Both need to be arranged in advance though, so plan carefully. Just to visit the CSG y…
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 exhausted after 20 days crossing the Atlantic and were eventually dispatched onw…
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 spices at great prices, and soup stalls that serve up the best Vietnamese pho (from…
Top Choice Creole in Cayenne

La Petite Maison

Easily one of Cayenne's most charming spots for lunch or dinner, La Petite Maison really lives up to its name and is an old traditional Cayenne house, homely decorated with an elegant feel and serving an innovative …
Top Choice French in Cayenne

Restaurant Paris Cayenne

Buzzing ambience meets white-tablecloth elegance at Cayenne's chicest dining spot. Ring the buzzer to enter, and don't be put off by the initial darkness in the horseshoe wooden bar – you'll soon be conducted into t…
Top Choice Creole in St Laurent du Maroni

La Goélette

The best restaurant in St Laurent, 'the Schooner' is indeed built boatlike over the river and offers a selection of breezy tables with great views toward Suriname. The food is excellent, with a range of seafood and …
Top Choice Beach in Mana & Awala-Yalimopo

Plage Les Hattes

This long stretch of beach is a very important nesting ground for giant leatherback turtles, which can grow up to 600kg. The females come ashore from April to July, and their young hatch and make their way into the …
French in Cayenne

Les Palmistes

The best place to people-watch on the Place des Palmistes also serves up perfect Caribbean-French ambience. Sit on the wooden terrace with its wrought-iron balustrade to dine on pleasant salads, crepes, pizzas and F…
Forest in French Guiana

Trésor & Kaw Nature Reserves

The Trésor Nature Reserve is one of French Guiana's most accessible primary rainforest areas, and wandering its 1.75km botanical trail is a great way to experience its rich diversity and wildlife. Trésor borders the…
Island in Îles du Salut

Île Royale

Once the administrative headquarters of the penal settlement, Île Royale has several restored prison buildings, including a fine prisoner-built chapel and a restaurant-guesthouse where it's possible to eat an excell…