French Guiana is an overseas region of France on the northeast coast of South America, composed mainly of tropical rainforest. It borders Brazil to the east and south and Suriname to the west. The ruins of 17th-century Fort Cépérou overlook the capital, Cayenne, with its colorful Creole houses and street markets. Shops and cafes surround the palm-filled main square, Place des Palmistes. The Rémire-Montjoly suburb is lined with Atlantic coast beaches.
Since 1981, when Belize became independent, French Guiana has been the only territory of the mainland Americas that is still part of a European country.
Prison Island Swims
There are prison island swims in French Guiana:
- Île Saint-Joseph 13.3 km to the mainland
- Devil's Island 14 km to the mainland, named as one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims by the World Open Water Swimming Association
- Islet Mother 11 km to the mainland