The Devil’s Island

The Devil’s Island
Photo by: PoM, Creative Commons

Tourists who are into island hopping should include the Devil’s Island as one of their destination areas. Although some people might feel a bit off about the area’s name, the Devil’s Island offers many things that make it a heavenly spot.

The Devil’s Island boasts a rocky island terrain yet covered by a forest of palm trees which makes it a little resort island. Besides its geophysical attributes, the site is also notable for its historical background. It was once use as an exile island for the prisoners during the time of Emperor Napoleon III. Since then, the people dubbed it as the “bagne de Cayenne” in France, which indeed translates to Devil’ Island. Its location is adjacent to French Guiana, a country in South America that is a territory of France. The inmates before ranged from simple people, to the most wanted thieves and blacklisted politicians.

Fortunately, it is not currently used as an exile island. It is inhabited by a small number of people. Everything here is well taken care of. The houses where the inmates lived or stayed are kept intact. Roads and other utilities remain untouched as of late. These make it a perfect place for getting in touch with nature especially if the visitors are into camping.

Besides the history, tourists will also be able to observe the wildlife that is visible in almost the whole island. Also, people here practice rituals and traditions that date back to the period where the first emancipated inhabitants of the island permanently settled.

The Devil’s Island is one example of the few places or tourist spots that should not be judged because of its name alone. Its beauty and strategic location in the Caribbean/South America region surely make up for its intriguing name.

3 responses to “The Devil’s Island”

  1. Fact Checker says:

    “bagne de Cayenne” translates to prison of Cayenne (capital of French Guiana), not anything close to Devil’s Island. Wow, you guys don’t check your facts. Also, you should no longer refer to French Guiana as a country, since it’s not…

  2. shannon says:

    what is worong with it and i love cats

  3. ron wood says:

    Île du Diable- very much indeed- translates as Devil’s Island.

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