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Visit the Salvation Islands in French Guiana

Located off the coast of Kourou, the Iles du Salut are part of the must-sees. After a crossing of about 1h15, you will be able to discover the Royal and Saint-Joseph Islands. However, you will not be able to access the Devil's Island because of the strong currents. Once you arrive, you will be struck by the beauty of these islands which hide a heavy past.


The history of the Iles du Salut, located in Kourou.

In fact, from 1854, it was one of the most severe prisons where 70 000 prisoners were sent. Alfred Dreyfus, Guillaume Seznec, Henri Charrière and Benjamin Ullmo were among them. It was not until 1947 that the State closed the prison. Alfred Dreyfus, Guillaume Seznec, Henri Charrière and Benjamin Ullmo were among them. It is only in 1947 that the State will proceed to the closure of the prison. Then, because of their strategic position on the trajectory of rockets, the islands became the property of the National Center for Space Studies (CNES) in 1965.


Since 1980, the CNES has developed the Salvation Islands into a tourist site. Take advantage of the dry season to discover these islands and their history.

Come and discover this magnificent islet by renting your vehicle from Europcar French Guiana !

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