Suriname was a former Dutch colony that became independent in 1975. The country is situated on the Northeast coast of South America, with Guyana to the West, French Guiana to the East and Brazil to the South border the Republic of Suriname.
Suriname is one of the least populated tropical countries in the world with approximately 95 percent of its 500.000 inhabitants living in the capital city Paramaribo and in small villages located along the coast and riverbanks.
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- friendly people 🙂
- it is safe
- we speak both Dutch and English
- multi-cultural society
- 90% pristine Amazon rainforest
- authentic tourism product
- various culinary specialties; Creole, East Indian, Javanese, Chinese…
- nice weather, the sun always shines!
- authentic Maroon-culture
- many events
Suriname is ideally suited for the conservation of its unique neo tropical Rainforest biome. While Suriname is a relatively small country, internationally it is quite significant, because it has one of the highest percentages of tropical coverage in the world. Over 85 percent of the country is covered by pristine Amazon rainforest with under a 0.1 rate of destruction annually.
The country has a forest nine times the size of Costa Rica forest and more tropical forest than all but four African countries.
Plant & Animal life
Suriname has a vibrant animal and plant life in the largely uninhabited and undisturbed rainforest and it is has 13 natural reserves and one Nature Park. The countries wildlife includes at least 700 species of birds, 200 mammal species, 130 reptiles species, 99 amphibian species and countless botanical species, of which the majority has never been botanically surveyed.
With almost 3.000 miles of waterways, Suriname is also known for being a land of winding and turbulent rivers. Less known, but just as intriguing, are the rich savannahs, coastal plains and Swamplands. Suriname is also one of the few countries where the endangered Sea Turtles nest every year from February through August.
Each year thousands of baby sea turtles are born on the coastline of Suriname.
The official language is Dutch, but English is widely spoken along the coast. The local language in Suriname is “Sranan-Tongo”, a language composed of English, Dutch, French, Portuguese and African roots. In the interior the many different ethnic groups and tribes continue to speak their own language as well.
Suriname is a sunshine country with an average daytime temperature of 28 degrees. This is also the case in the interior, where the temperature drops to about 20 degrees at night. The tropical rainy season (the Green Season) is from mid-April to mid-July and a brief one lasts December-January. The two dry seasons are from mid-July to November and February to mid- April.
One Surinamese dollar equals 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of 100,=, 50,=, 20,=, 10,=, 5,= 2,50, and 1,=. Some stores in the city accept US dollars or Euro. Foreign currency can be changed at local banks or currency exchange offices called cambio’s.
A few hotels and companies accept credit cards such as ‘Visa’ and ‘Master’. Payments by traveler’s cheques and credit cards are charged with administration costs and are not generally accepted. It is advised to travel with cash in US-dollars or Euro.
In Suriname 110/127- 220 volts and 60 cycles is used. In most parts of the interior there is no electricity.
Transportation to Suriname
Surinam Airways offers international and regional flights to Suriname from Miami (USA), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Belem (Brazil), Willemstad (Curacao), Oranjestad (Aruba) and Port of Spain (Trinidad). Other airlines offering services to Suriname are KLM, META, Insel Air and Caribbean Airlines.
Transportation in Paramaribo
Transport in the capital is by bus or taxi.
Note: taxis are not marked and have no taximeter. The hotels will be happy to arrange a taxi, though visitors are advised to ask for prices prior to departure.
Transport to and in the interior
Some places are very remote and can only to be reached by small aircraft. The primary mode of transportation in the interior is by dugout canoe (korjaal) or by foot. Excursions by dugout canoe are motorized.
It is safe to use tap water in the city. In the interior, the use of bottled water is advised.
Tourist Visa Card
Tourists can purchase several types of visas for Suriname. The most useful visa for our guests is the tourist visa card.
This can be purchased at the following locations:
- upon departure from the Schiphol airport in the Netherlands
- upon arrival at the international Airport (J.A. Pengel Airport) in Suriname
- upon arrival at the Zorg and Hope airport
Note: The tourist visa card is only applicable for tourism purposes.
Citizens or nationals of the following countries can purchase a tourist visa card are:
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
For further information, please contact the local embassy or fill in the form for a visa on the embassy’s website.
|01 January||New Years Day||The first day of the new year.|
|08 February||Chinese New Year||Cultural Chinese celebration.|
|07 – 09 February||Carnaval Celebrations||Carnaval… Southern-America style!|
|25 February||Day of the Revolution||National Event.|
|23 March||Holi Phagwa||Hindi New Year.|
|25 March||Good Friday||National Event.|
|27 March – 28 March||Easter||National Event|
|MARCH / APRIL|
|30 March – 02 April||avond Vier Daagse||A 4-day cultural walking parade.|
|01 May||Labor Day||Celebrated with lots of various festivities all around.|
|June||Fete de la Musique||Enjoy the Carribean Music!.|
|01 July||Keti Koti||Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery.|
|01 July||Swimming Marathon||Held in the Suriname River from Domburg to Paramaribo.|
|06 July||Id-Ul-Fitre||National Event.|
|09 August||Day of the Indigenous||Celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous people.|
|11 September||Id-Ul-Adha||Moslim Offer fest.|
|10 October||Day of the Marroons||Celebration of the Day of the Maroon people.|
|Mid October||Men’s Cook Out||Food… made by man!|
|20 October||Chinese Immigration||Celebration Day of Chinese Immigration.|
|30 October||Divali||Hindi Light Fest.|
|End October||Suriname Jazz Festival||Several days South-American hot jazz!.|
|End October||Salsuri||Internation Salsa Festival.|
|End October||Agricultural Trade fair||A big National Fair.|
|November||Savanna Rally||Organized by the SARK.|
|November||Running Marathon||Surinams National Marathon.|
|25 November||Independence Day||Celebration of Surinams National Independence Day.|
|End November||Annual Trade Fair||Surinams famous Annual Trade Fair.|
|End December||SuriFesta||End of the Year Festival.|
|25 – 26 December||Christmas||Worldwide National Event.|
|31 December||Pagara Estafette||End of the Year closing with fireworks at the center of the city.|