Devil's Island: A Day in the Shadows of History

Devil's Island, French Guiana

Setting Foot on Devil's Island

Cruise ships typically drop anchor in the waters off Devil's Island around 8 AM. As you disembark on a tender boat, the stark beauty of this infamous island immediately strikes you. Facilities are limited due to the island's history and unique location, so ensure you pack all the essentials.

Uncovering a Dark Past: Devil's Island Exploration

Devil's Island, the smallest of the three Îles du Salut, is steeped in history. A former French penal colony, the island's past is both haunting and fascinating. Visit the old prison buildings, many now overtaken by lush vegetation, and absorb the eerie silence that tells tales of the island's somber past. Don't miss the cell of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, falsely accused of treason in the late 19th century.

Crystal Waters and Tranquil Beaches

While there are no traditional sandy beaches on Devil's Island, the rocky shores provide beautiful views of the clear, turquoise waters. If your cruise offers guided snorkeling excursions, don't miss out on the chance to discover the vibrant marine life beneath the waves.

Venturing into the Wild: Activities on Devil's Island

The island offers a remarkable natural landscape for hiking. Take a walk around the island, where the lush flora is home to a variety of tropical birds, green agoutis, and even sea turtles nesting on the shore. Be sure to visit the lighthouse for panoramic views of the surrounding islands.

Island Delicacies: Dining Options

While Devil's Island doesn't offer local restaurants, your cruise ship might arrange a beach picnic with some local flavors. Try 'colombo de poulet,' a Creole-style curry, paired with a fresh tropical fruit juice. Remember to bring your own snacks and water, too.

Wrapping Up Your Devil's Island Adventure

While you won't find traditional souvenir shops on the island, the unique experience and photos you take home will be invaluable. As you board the tender boat around 5 PM to return to your cruise ship, take one last look at the rugged beauty of Devil's Island, carrying with you a deeper understanding of its poignant past.

Devil's Island from Miami Cruise Schedule

A cruise that begins in Miami and stops in the Devil's Island would enchant even the most seasoned tourist with its natural splendor. Cruises to the Devil's Island are ideal for those who fantasize about lovely beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Eastern Caribbean 17-day route

17-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Seven Seas Mariner, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Date: January 8, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Roseau, Bridgetown, Devils Island, Belem, Recife, Maceio, Salvador, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro; View Itinerary