Cayenne, Capital of French Guiana

Mix a tropical climate, Creole cuisine, sidewalk cafes, gendarmes and voilà, you have the charming mix that is Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana.

French Guiana is an overseas department of France, and French influence is a major part of Cayenne’s attraction. The remaining examples of French colonial architecture, palm-trees shading plazas, ethnic contributions to culture and cuisine blend together in an atttactive mix.

Cayenne’s location on a small, hilly peninsula between the Cayenne and Mabury rivers speaks of its importance as first a French outpost, then conflicts with Brazil and Portugal, the Dutch and the British, then again a French colony.

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