The capital of French Polynesia, Papeete, is located on the island of Tahiti. As the only real city in French Polynesia, Papeete can teach you a lot about life in the South Pacific. Traffic can be bad because of the small roads, and it is not a major tourism center, though it is relatively clean, safe and efficient for a tropical city

However, the city itself does have a sprinkling of charm, and at least a one-night stay in Papeete allows visitors time to visit some of its flashy boutiques, colorful local market, the black pearl museum and a chance to take in the active nightlife.

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