Île Royale

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For the former French colony located on Cape Breton Island, see Île-Royale (New France).
Locator map of Île Royale.

Île Royale (Royal Island) is the largest and westernmost island of the three Îles du Salut, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of French Guiana. As the largest island, with an area of 28 hectares, it was used as the centre for administration when the islands were used as a penal settlement. With an elevation of 66 metres, the island is the highest of the group. It contains a museum and a hotel (l'Auberge des Îles du Salut) as well as an optical and infrared tracking site that supports space launches from the nearby Kourou facility.

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Coordinates: 5°17′14″N 52°35′20″W / 5.28722°N 52.58889°W / 5.28722; -52.58889