The town is conveniently located: just minutes from the airport and twenty minutes from the nearest beaches in North and South.
The road network, widely developed in recent years, can reach the capital in less than 30 minutes even at peak times. The North, its forest, its heritage and its beaches are within reach in less than an hour.
Did you know that Le François hosted the second summit in 1991 Franco-American, following the Gulf War, between George Bush and Francois Mitterrand. The two statesmen met at the Habitation Clement. Guests at the Francis, you can not miss the visit of the Habitation Clement and the Domaine de l'Acajou surroundings. This area of 300 acres was bought in 1887 by Homer Clement, a leading figure of the town, elected mayor of François in 1886. Rum Clement, known beyond the island, in the four ages of the Habitation Clement winery.
Most water sports can be practiced in the Bay of Francis, one of the most beautiful of the island, with its high white backgrounds, which are real lagoons, accessible by boat. You can speak to the fishermen, who will show you a passionate part of the coast and especially its Franciscan eight islets, where such evocative names: Anonymous, Oscar, Thierry, Pele, Long, Frigate, Rabbit and Lavigne. This is where is the "bath of Josephine."
As most of the coastlines, wildlife and flora of the islets are protected: bring your garbage, not from photographing your memories with bits of nature, respect the areas and periods of fishing ... preserve these treasures!
Le François a regular stop tour of the gigs taking place in late July-early August. François teams are often well placed in charts, in constant competition with the neighboring town, Le Robert. Common fishermen, they have developed expertise in the handling of the skiff, the wooden boat that is balanced by the address of "yoleurs" hanging on "wood prepared."
The festival begins Sept. 29 at St. Michael's, named after the patron saint of the town.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Beside swimming, lots of variety: the South, you have to swim across the Robert (the white backgrounds and islets in the Bays of Robert and Francis, in Pointe Faula and Macabou Vauclin) in Sainte-Anne (Cape Macré , Anse Chevalier, Les Salines) for Robinson Crusoe, beautiful beaches, some accessible after a few minutes of walking, kept on one side "desert island". Note: the east coast is washed by the Atlantic Ocean, where the danger of the waves on the beaches closed to swimming in the north of the island. West Coast Caribbean side is more quiet with black sand beaches (North, especially).
Side vegetation, the difference is more North-South: North, very green with the rain forest and plantations specific (pineapple, chayotes, yams ...) South drier with less abundant vegetation and plantations that can not be found little or north (melon). Cane and bananas are found in North and South.
Discover the four corners of the island:
In the North Caribbean, the beach of Anse Snake Preacher in at the end of the island, at the end of the road just before the forest: a little paradise, a black sand, crystal clear water ...
To the south south to the tip of the island, Les Salines, one of the most beautiful beaches, the best known, most tourism: a postcard before 10 am, the beach is yours ...
To the south Caribbean, the beaches of Anse Noire (black sand) and Anse Dufour (white sand), separated by a single advanced land and so different: Anse Dufour, a small fishing port, cute, crystal clear water and fish at the beach ...
In the North Caribbean, the islet to Robert Chancel, accessible by boat and kayak: a true lagoon ...
Do not miss the museums also to discover the history of the island (Museum of Rum and Banana Museum in Sainte-Marie in the North Atlantic Museum in Trois-Ilets cane in the South Caribbean) and hiking to discover the wildlife or go hiking, jogging or search for a deserted beach (la Trace des Caps, by segment of Macabou / Vauclin at Anse Caritan / Sainte-Anne in the South Atlantic and Preacher-Grand River to connect the two most common in the north of the island through the rain forest).