Attractions

Top Choice Waterfall in Kaieteur National Park

Kaieteur Falls

You may have been to Salto Ángel or Iguazú Falls, seen Niagara or not even be particularly interested in waterfalls, but it doesn't matter: go to Kaieteur Falls. Watching 30,000 gallons of water shooting over a 250m…
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…
Market in Paramaribo

Central Market

Not for the fainthearted, the frenzied central market is divided into distinct areas: the meats, fish, fruits and vegetable section on the main floor and a bazaar-feeling clothing area on the second. The 'Witch's Ma…
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…
Basilica in Paramaribo

Saint Peter & Paul Cathedral-Basilica

Commonly called 'the Cathedral,' this gorgeously restored building was designated a Minor Basilica by Pope Francis in 2014. It's said to be the largest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere and is worth a peek …
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 Paramaribo

Fort Zeelandia

Inside well-restored Fort Zeelandia, a star-shaped, 18th-century fort built on the site where the first colonists alighted, is the worthwhile Stichting Surinaams Museum, featuring colonial-era relics, period rooms a…
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…