Devils Island, French Guiana
Devil's Island is the smallest and northernmost island of the three Islands of Salvation located off the coast of French Guiana. It was a small part of the notorious French penal colony in French Guiana until 1952. Most of the prisoners returned to metropolitan France, although some chose to remain in French Guiana.
In 1965, the French government transferred the responsibility of most of the islands to the newly founded Guiana Space Centre. The islands are under the trajectory of the space rockets launched eastward, toward the sea, from the Centre (to geostationary orbit). They must be evacuated during each launch. The islands host a variety of measurement apparatus for space launches.
The CNES space agency, in association with other agencies, has since had the historical monuments restored. Tourism facilities were added; the islands now welcome more than 50,000 tourists each year.
Things to see and do
* Dreyfus hut
* Prison ruins
* Island tour
* Royal Island
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Euro (EUR)
Language – French
Land Area – 0.62 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus 3 hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 55
Port Location – There is no port on Devil’s island.
Transport Links – The Cayenne-Rochambeu airport, located in Cayenne offers services from France and most south American countries.
French Guiana is also accessible by bus and boat from Brazil and Suriname.