Noumea, New Caledonia, sits on the southwestern coast of the main island 70 mi/115 km northwest of Ile des Pins. Noumea is the territory's largest city and its capital.
Noumea is also very French, from the wrought-iron balconies to the sidewalk cafes. Its four tree-lined squares, colonial homes and brilliant red flame trees make it a pleasant place to walk around. Reserve a half-day for poking around the excellent (but expensive) shops, sitting at cafes and visiting with locals. Or if you're ... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2014 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.