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Subject: Mana, French Guiana, List of cities in French Guiana, French Guiana, Communes of Guyane, Communes of the Guyane department
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Settlement of Yalimapo as seen from the beach of Plage des Hattes
Settlement of Yalimapo as seen from the beach of Plage des Hattes
Location of the commune (in red) within French Guiana
Location of the commune (in red) within French Guiana
Country France
Overseas region and department French Guiana
Arrondissement Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni
Intercommunality Ouest Guyanais
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Paul Ferreira
Area1 187.4 km2 (72.4 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 1,327
 • Density 7.1/km2 (18/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97361 / 97319

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Awala-Yalimapo is a commune on the north coast of French Guiana, close to the border with Suriname. The seat of the commune is the settlement of Awala where the town hall is located. Other settlements in the commune are: Yalimapo, Ayawande, and Piliwa. All of them are Kali'na Amerindian villages.


The commune of Awala-Yalimapo was created on 1 January 1989 by detaching its territory from the commune of Mana.


Awala and Yalimapo are French Guiana's northern-most settlements, located just to the south of the région's northernmost point, the beach of Plage des Hattes, the world’s largest leatherback turtle nesting site.


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