French Guiana Trip Planner
Know Your Trip Budget for Your Dream Vacation to French Guiana
French Guiana is basically your picture perfect post card country. Full of small cafes and colourful houses, it is almost like there is never a dull day here. A French colony on the border of South America, it is one of the most under rated travel destinations. The street markets put in life to the country and the Atlantic beaches offer the much needed balance to the otherwise vibrant nation. Apart from simply falling in love at every foot-step, you are sure to have a fling with the interesting political background and have a long undying commitment to the deep intriguing history of this land.
Residents and passport holders of the European Union as well as European Economic Area along with the citizens of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland do not need a visa at all and can stay for as long as they wish to. The citizens of the aforementioned countries should be in possession of any travel document proving that they belong to the concerned country.
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, BOT citizens and subjects, and holders of a valid EU long-term visa or resident permit issued by a Schengen country are allowed to stay in French Guiana for as long as 90 days without any visa.
Passport holders from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia can stay for 90 days as well but they need to have a bio metric passport to do that. Rest of the countries have to apply for a visa in advance and have an onward ticket to procure one.
When to go
The best time to visit French Guiana is during the months of August to December. It is the peak tourist season so you will enjoy the liveliness but unfortunately the rest of the year experiences rainfall so it is best to avoid this place during that time.
Destinations to cover
There are plenty of places to see and plenty of things to do in French Guiana. Remember to include Cayenne, Kourou, Saint Laurent, Saint Georges in your French Guiana travel guide. Apart from this you have to experience the Hmong Market at Cacao, travel through the kaw river in a pirogue, experience a rocket liftoff from La Carapa, Kourou, Le Bagne de Saint Laurent and also witness the sea turtles lay eggs at Remire-Montjoly.
Get in and around
Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport is your first answer for how to reach French Guiana. You can fly in from Paris, Miami, Martinique, Guadalupe and from Belem as well. You can enter via road from Brazil and take a ferry from the Maroni River. You should experience the pirogues, the entire land is connected by these native boats. Hotels and Food The accommodations here are quite native and you might not even be able to book most of them online. There are mid range as well as budget options available but no hostel culture is followed here. You can visit the cafes and pubs, but the food is quite spicy so make sure you tell them to not add too much spice if you cannot take it. Smoked meat and fish is a delicacy here along with Kaloau and Roti Coniad.