Honorary British Consul French Guiana
If you need to get hold of the British consul in Cayenne whilst your there, for either passport renewal or one of your friends has been naughty, you could have a bit of a drama finding it.
The address is 16 Rue Monerville, Cayenne, its quite close to the market but is in the back of a clothing material shop, and there is no sign outside to say where it is.
I had to ask about 3 people where Rue Monerville was because a lot of the roads change their names after running 1 block, so it gets kind of confusing. If you start off at the market, facing the little garden with the monument, you need to turn left for a block, then right and keep going, you should find it, if not, ask about 3 people!!
Basically you have to go into the shop, ask the checkout lady if the consul is in and then you'll get led through. The chap is really nice, and is also the Barbados consul too.
Phone number +594 594 311034
Cayenne is the capital of French Guiana, an overseas région and département of France located in South America. The city stands on a former island at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the Atlantic coast.
At the 2006 census, there were 100,323 inhabitants in the urban area of Cayenne (as defined by INSEE), 50,594 of whom lived in the city (commune) of Cayenne proper, and the remainder in the neighbouring commune of Remire-Montjoly. The commune of Matoury (18,032 inhabitants in 1999), where the Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport is located, is also a suburb of Cayenne, but it was not included in the official definition of the urban area by INSEE in 1999.
The Amazonian jungle in Europe
Being in Guyana is simply incredible: you are in France, in Europe, and yet, in the Amazonian jungle!!! The idea is crazy but it is true...
Okay, okay, technicaly it is true, but in reality, Guyana is not exactly like the "metropole" (an other way to say main-land France), things are done at a slower pace, shops closes from lunch-time to 4:00pm (too hot), markets sells the local production (that's normal, huh! but the local producation means tropical vegetable and fruits, in strange shapes and color, and smells!!!!), it is the same "hour" all year round (no saving day-light hour!), there is a dry and a wet season, and one or the border is with brazil!!!
I have just returned from a 2 weeks visit to an old school friend of mine how moved there a couple of years ago. And it was Carnal time! a BIG thing in Guyana!
More in a few days!
Cayenne in Brief
"Capital of French Guiana"
First of all, Cayenne is the city situated on the ?le de Cayenne, its not two separate places, wanted to clear that up to avoid confusion.....
The city (large town), itself is quite diverse, it has areas of Colonial buildings, a reasonably attractive park area (les palmistes) and a very good and bustling market on Weds, Fri and Sat.
Cayenne is surrounded by the sea on 2 sides, this generally makes for a good cooling breeze, which is needed in the dry season, but it also makes for torrential rain in the wet season (then again, its common all over 'La Guiane')
Cayenne is generally cheaper than Kourou and has a lot more choice, nowadays it actually has a decent hypermarket too - things are looking up!
However, it also has (as do all towns), some very run down and dangerous areas, that aren't too far away from areas deemed safe, so be careful, although it's in a department of France, its still in South America and there is a lot of poverty.