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French Guiana

  • Getting there: Fly into Félix Eboué Airport (CAY) — the country's only international airport — located outside Cayenne, from Martinique, Guadeloupe, Paris, Miami, Paramaribo and Belem. An alternative way in is by boat from Brazil and Suriname.
  • Capital city: Cayenne.
  • Population: 275,172.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic.
  • Language: French (official), Creole, English.
  • Currency: Euro (EUR).
  • Climate: The climate is equatorial — hot and humid. The wet season is from December to mid-July, although rains occurs throughout the year. A relatively dry period occurs from mid-August to mid-November.
  • Transport: Buses and minibuses are the main public transport. Pirogues (native boats) traverse the extensive waterways. Taxis are easily available in the larger towns, as are hire cars.
  • Best time to travel: Ideally one would visit during the dry season (August to December), to enjoy Guiana’s best weather. This avoids tropical storms and makes sightseeing a pleasant experience.
  • What to wear: Western-style clothing is worn in French Guiana. The women in Cayenne are quite fashion conscious, tending to follow French styles and tastes albeit adapted to the very warm climate of their homeland. Pack for a tropical climate.
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