Cayenne is the largest city in and capital of French Guiana.
French Guiana's main international port of entry is the Cayenne-Felix Eboué Airport (CAY), (formerly known as Rochambeau Airport), with daily flights mainly to the French Caribbean and mainland France. Weekly flights to Fortaleza (Brazil) and Belém (Brazil) are also available with Azul Linhas Aéreas.
Note that French Guiana has some different visa policies and some nationalities (Including the Brazilian one) must have a visa prior to arrival.
Coming from Oiapoque in Brazil, minivans wait by the docks in St-Georges for the 3 hour journey to Cayenne (€35 as of Jan 2020). If the minivan drivers are demanding beyond this, your boatman may be able to help you arrange a ride in a private car for the same price; they'd collect a small commission from the driver. Ask to stop by the immigration office to stamp into France before continuing to Cayenne.
- Place des Palmistes is the main square in the old city of Cayenne. It is a vast park, dotted with many royal palm trees, surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants and banks. In the centre of the park stands a monument to Félix Eboué (1884-1944), a French politician and WWII Resistant, born in Cayenne.
- Fort Cépérou, the first colonial fort, was built in the middle of the 17th Century, at the top of a small hill which dominates the centre of Cayenne. The remains of the fort offer a wide view of the city of Cayenne and of the estuary of the Fleuve de Cayenne.
- Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Cayenne, is an 18th Century building.
- Traditional Creole houses (or Cases Créoles) are scattered all over the centre of Cayenne. They are built of wood and are painted in many different colours.
- Place des Amandiers is a small esplanade facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is a favourite dating place for couples and, in the evenings, a competition ground for the game of "pétanque".
- Watch sea turtles laying eggs on the beach
Between May and July sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beaches of Montjoly at night and in the mornings if there is high tide. Volunteers are at the beaches and can show you where the turtles are and provide you with some more information about them. Bring a headlight that you can switch to red as the white light distracts the animals and should not be used.
- Hike in the forests around Cayenne
- Le sentier du Rorota:
The 6 kilometer hike takes about 2 hours and leads you through the green Amazonian forest. The path is mostly quite flat and offers at some points a good view of the beach and the islands. If you are lucky, you can see sloths, monkeys and many colorful birds on the way.
- Le sentier de Montabo:
This track is reachable on foot from Cayenne city center. The trail is around 4 kilometers going along the coastline and takes about 2 hours.
In the evenings several food trucks come to Place des Palmistes selling for instance burgers, wraps and sweets for less than 5 €.
Good hotels exist, but they can be relatively expensive.
- Central Hotel
- Hotel la Bodega
- Best Western Amazonia
- Hôtel Ket Tai, Blvd Jubelin 72. Basic but the cheapest option in town. €53.50 for a single room with TV and air-con as of Jan 2020. Wifi is only available in the lobby for €2 per hour.
- Grand Hotel Montabo, Chemin St Hilaire - rue de Montabo, Cayenne 97300, French Guiana, ☎ +594 594 30 38 88, . (4,943075,52,299414) edit
- Barbados, 16 Avenue President Monnerville, 97324 Cayenne, ☎ +594 311 034 ([email protected], fax: +594 304 094). edit
- Denmark, 4 Résidence St. Martin, 97354 Montjoly, ☎ +594 594 355 055 ([email protected], fax: +594 594 230 800). edit
- Ecuador, 4, Bis Rue Malouet, 97332 Cayenne, ☎ +594 594 30 10 57. edit
- Germany, Blandin Guyane Energie, Carrefour de Laricot, 97351 Matoury, ☎ +594 594 35 09 97 ([email protected]). edit
- United Kingdom, 16 Avenue Président Monnerville, 97324 Cayenne, ☎ +594 311 034 ([email protected], fax: +594 304 094). edit