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Saint-Denis is the capital and largest city in Reunion and has about 150,000 inhabitants. It is located in the north of the island along the coast of the Indian Ocean. Saint-Denis was founded in 1669.and became the capital of Reunion in 1738. It is the administrative, cultural and economical hart of the island as well as being the main transportation hub. In fact, Saint-Denis has its own traffic problems, especially during rush hour. The city itself is a pleasant place to stay with some typical (of course) French influence. Imagine yourself tasting some fine french cheese and red wine in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It is also a good place to base yourself exploring the nearby coastline and mountains, which Reunion is famous fore.
Saint-Denis has a mild tropical climate with warm and humid weather year round. Temperatures average around 30 °C during the day between November and May and around 27 °C between June and October. Night temperatures are mostly around 22 °C, but around 18 °C from June to September. Saint-Denis has rain showers all year, but the August to December period is somewhat drier with less rainy days.
Roland Garros Airport (RUN) near Saint-Denis receives a number of international flights. The national carrier Air Austral has international flights to and from Antananarivo, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Lyon, Mahé, Marseille, Mauritius, Moroni, Nosy Be, Paris and Toulouse. Air France, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius and Corsairfly have scheduled services to the island as well.
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Reunion's country code is 262.
Few foreign mobile phone companies offer international roaming to Reunion so double-check before leaving. Your company should provide specific roaming to Reunion since it has different mobile phone companies from mainland France.
Alternatively, you should be able to get a Pay-as-you-go SIM card from various locations. There are two companies offering wireless services: SRR and Orange Réunion.
Post offices are found in all cities. Letter boxes are colored in yellow.In most Post Offices you will find an automatic machine (yellow) with a scale and a screen. Just put your mail on the scale, tell the machine (French or English) the destination, pay the indicated amount and the machine will deliver a printed stamp. Chronopost, UPS and DHL offer parcel services.
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