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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Cayenne

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Cayenne each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1 : New Year's Day (national holiday)

January–February : Cayenne Carnival (local event)

Carnival is the most important cultural event each year in Cayenne. From January to February, Cayenne's carnival draws thousands of visitors. Each weekend, the program of festivities includes music, processions, parades and masked balls, attended by the Touloulous, the queens of the carnival, dressed from head to toe!

May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday)

May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.

June 10 : Abolition of Slavery Day (local holiday)

On this day in 1848, slavery was abolished in French Guiana. Many events are scheduled to commemorate this anniversary across the country: theatre, music and dance performances as well as conferences.

July 14 : Bastille Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Cayenne, a military parade is staged each year on July 14th.

August 15 : Assumption Day (national holiday)

October: Cayenne Festival (local holiday)

Many events are organised as part of the Cayenne Festival throughout the month of October: a pageant to elect Miss French Guiana, a jazz festival, concerts, a flea market, dance parties celebrating Guianese Creole folklore, etc.

November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)

On this day, French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.

December 25 : Christmas (national holiday)

December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)

On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Cayenne, with families and friends celebrating the new year.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Cayenne

Cayenne has an equatorial climate characterized by high humidity. Thanks to its ocean exposure and its nearness to the equator, the climate in Cayenne remains stable. Consequently, low temperatures vary little over the course of the year, between 22°C and 23°C on average (72°F–73°F). The same is true for the high temperatures which, from January to December, range from 29°C to 32°C on average (84°F–90°F). Rainfall is often quite heavy. The dry season runs from July to November.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 23/73 29/84 439/17.3 Not the best period to go
February 23/73 29/84 305/12.0 Not the best period to go
March 23/73 29/84 393/15.5 Not the best period to go
April 23/73 30/86 400/15.7 Not the best period to go
May 23/73 29/84 600/23.6 Not the best period to go
June 22/72 30/86 460/18.1 Not the best period to go
July 22/72 30/86 244/9.6 Good period to go Good period to go
August 22/72 31/88 165/6.5 Good period to go Good period to go
September 22/72 32/90 732.9 Good period to go Good period to go
October 22/72 32/90 82/3.2 Good period to go Good period to go
November 22/72 31/88 153/6.0 Good period to go Good period to go
December 23/73 30/86 359/14.1 Not the best period to go
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Cayenne Félix-Éboué International Airport

Cayenne Félix-Éboué International Airport is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 miles) from Cayenne.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Cayenne and back:
  • By car
    • Access to Cayenne's city centre via the N2 road and the N4 road.
    • Short- and long-term parking lots are located near the airport (EUR 2 for 1 hour, EUR 48 for 72 hours).
    • Several car rental companies have counters at the airport.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks just outside the airport. The fare to central Cayenne is about EUR 35.
  • Services: shops, newsstands.
  • Telephone: +594 (0)5 94 29 97 00 / +594 (0)5 94 29 97 52
  • Website:www.guyane.cci.fr/aeroport-felix-eboue/

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GETTING AROUND Cayenne

The recommended way to explore Cayenne and the coast of French Guiana is by rental car.

By car

Driving a car is the best way to get around Cayenne. All of the municipalities along the coast, from Cayenne to Saint-Laurent and including a number of those located a bit inland, such as Roura or Saint-Georges, are reachable by either national or departmental roads. Several rental car agencies are available in Cayenne and other big cities.

By bus

Five urban bus lines serve Cayenne's various districts and run from 6 a.m. to about 8 p.m. Tickets cost EUR 1.10, or EUR 9.30 for a book of 10 tickets.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Cayenne, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Cayenne Tourist Office

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address: 12, rue Louis Blanc, Cayenne
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Telephone: +594 (0)5 94 39 68 83
  • Website: www.ville-cayenne.fr

French Guiana Tourism Committee (CTG)

  • Address: 12, rue Lalouette, 97300 Cayenne
  • Opening hours: Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR).

SGD 1 = € 0,66

€ 1 = SGD 1,52

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Cayenne counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Cayenne.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for the French overseas departments (Réunion, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Mayotte) are different from those applicable in mainland France.

Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation do not need to carry a visa.

To view the list of other countries whose citizens or nationals may travel to French Guiana without a visa, or for information on the types of travel documents required, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/

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Useful addresses

Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/annuaires-des-ambassades-et-consulats-etrangers-en-france

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Cayenne, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Cayenne a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bonjour (morning)</em>

Good evening: Bonsoir Good evening: <em>Bonsoir</em>

Goodbye: Au revoir Goodbye: <em>Au revoir</em>

Yes: Oui Yes: <em>Oui</em>

No: Non No: <em>Non</em>

No, thank you: Non, merci No, thank you: <em>Non, merci</em>

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup Thank you very much: <em>Merci beaucoup</em>

Please: S'il vous plaît Please: <em>S'il vous plaît</em>

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas I don't understand: <em>Je ne comprends pas</em>

Could you repeat ?: Pouvez-vous répéter ? Could you repeat ?: <em>Pouvez-vous répéter ?</em>

What time is it ?: Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it ?: <em>Quelle heure est-il ?</em>

Sorry: Pardon
Excuse me: Excusez-moi Sorry: <em>Pardon</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Excusez-moi</em>

Airport: Aéroport Airport: <em>Aéroport</em>

Train station: Gare Train station: <em>Gare</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hôtel Hotel: <em>Hôtel</em>

Hospital: Hôpital Hospital: <em>Hôpital</em>

Bank: Banque Bank: <em>Banque</em>

Telephone: Téléphone Telephone: <em>Téléphone</em>

I'm (…): Je suis (…) I'm (…): <em>Je suis (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Je recherche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quel est le prix de (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Avez-vous (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Où puis-je trouver (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Où puis-je acheter (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…) I'd like (…): <em>Je voudrais (…)</em>

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Good to know

+594
+ phone number (without 0)
-11 : 00
of time difference with
Singapore
No daylight savings in French Guiana

BANKS

Usually open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Wednesday afternoons)
GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Usually open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed for midday break)
220 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Cayenne, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.

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