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Top reasons to visit French Guiana

monkeys like this fella here are among the top reasons to visit French Guiana ... photo by CC user deadmike on Flickr

While tourism isn’t the top economy of this overseas French territory, the top reasons to visit French Guiana allow you to explore this country’s untapped tourism potential. Located in the Amazonia department of South America between Brazil and Suriname, the country is blessed with a coastline of fine, golden sands and warm, azure waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, as well as the lush greenery of the Amazonia. And there’s a whole lot of other things to see and experience in this overseas French territory.

Here are some of the top reasons to visit French Guiana, and don’t forget about finding a French translation company before you go.

Rhythm of the Carnival Guyanais. Ranked as the 4th largest carnival in the world, the Carnival Guyanais is one of the most anticipated celebrations in the whole of South America. The carnival is filled with dancing to the sounds and rhythm of rumba, waltz, mazurka and the beguine. Booking a cheap hotel in advance is recommended as things sell out very fast closer to carnival. Many flights heading to French Guyana also transit through the USA, make sure you have a transit or ESTA visa in order before passing through the USA to avoid any headaches.

The Carnival Guanais takes place on January to February.

Watch rocket launches. Nothing’s more exciting than counting down to the majestic launching of the rocket ship, Ariane 5. To attend the launch, you may need to send a request for an invitation by mail. Don’t forget to include your name, age and contact details. Also, it’s best to send the request way ahead.

Take a walk on the wild side. One of the top reasons to visit French Guiana is the excursions to the Amazonia, where you can marvel at its abundant and unique flora and fauna in its forests and rivers and see the unique cultures of its indigent residents, the Amerindians and the Maroons.

Tours in the Amazonia offer a great deal of activities, from hiking, to boat trips.

Beaches. French Guiana is also known for its pristine beaches, where you can catch some sun, sea and surf, and if you’re lucky, giant sea turtles nesting in one of its isolated and protected beaches.

Unique shopping experience. Whether you go to the Hmong Market in Cacao or the market in Cayenne, shopping in French Guiana is a unique and unforgettable experience. Here, you can find interesting trinkets and pieces perfect for souvenirs. In addition, you can never ignore the country’s unique culture through the people selling their wares in the markets.

What’s So Fabulous About Fuerteventura?

Morro Jable beach in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is often associated with adjectives like ‘fabulous’ or ‘fantastic’, and to regular visitors, that’s no surprise. But to those who aren’t in the know, the question still remains: what’s so fabulous (or fantastic) about holidays in Fuerteventura?

The answer is, plenty! For starters, as holiday destinations go, Fuerteventura has the advantage of being a year-round haunt. It’s part of the ever-popular Canary Islands, an archipelago cast out into the Atlantic Ocean not far from the coast of West Africa.

Come in summer for scorching temperatures with a refreshing coastal breeze, or opt for a visit during Christmas or the New Year for a winter warmer, when the temperatures are often pleasant enough for a t-shirt and cardigan.

So that’s the climate sewn up. But what about things to do? That all depends on where you go, but when it comes to holidays in Fuerteventura; you can certainly expect to find some fantastic beaches. In fact, Fuerteventura is renowned for being the ‘quiet’ island.

Compared to its livelier neighbours of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura is a relatively laid-back affair which makes for a cracking beach break. It’s home to some fantastic beaches, where mile upon mile of golden sands glitter under cloudless blue skies, and the refreshing coastal breeze and cool chill of the Atlantic offers a welcome respite from the sizzling Canarian sunshine.

In Corralejo you’ll find a popular resort with fantastic beaches and a water park, along with plenty of watersports and family-friendly activities. Then there’s Costa Caleta, which offers a sheltered bay with calm areas for little paddling feet.

Jandia is another popular resort, which is a great spot for water sports enthusiasts and offers a superb range of accommodation with a number of luxury hotels. Take a look at Thomas Cook’s Fuerteventura offering. As you’ll see, there are plenty of cracking resorts to choose from and a long list of things to see and do.

Still wondering why holidays in Fuerteventura are fabulous? Perhaps you need to get over there and find out for yourself…