Covered by a tropical rainforest, Suriname is a travel destination for the adventurous and open-minded holidaymaker. According to countryaah, Suriname is located in northern South America on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Suriname, which has long been under Dutch rule, is now the smallest independent state on the continent, bordering Brazil, Guyana and French Guiana.
Rainforest and lush nature
Most of Suriname is covered by a tropical rainforest and a large part of the country’s population lives in a narrow coastal strip. Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, is also located on the coast.
The lush nature of Suriname is rich and diverse in both flora and fauna. Nature parks are the most famous places to visit in the country. Famous nature attractions in Suriname include Brownsberg Nature Park and the Galib Nature Reserve. You can also explore the area’s rainforests on river cruises.
The hottest time in November
Suriname’s climate is tropical, meaning warm and humid. The average daily temperature is about 27 degrees all year round. Daytime temperatures easily rise above 35 degrees and even night temperatures often remain at 25 degrees. It is especially hot in November. However, the sea breeze brings relief to the heat.
Short for SR by abbreviationfinder, Suriname has two rainy seasons and two dry seasons a year. The rainy seasons run from December to January and April to August. Dry seasons prevail in February-March and August-November.
Suriname requires a spirit of adventure
As a tourist country, Suriname is not very developed and tourism is reasonably low. Suriname is especially suitable for travelers interested in nature and adventure.
Boat trips leading to the pristine rainforest and Paramaribo have a few quality tour operators. In addition to tour operators, the capital also has many restaurants, shopping venues and nightlife.
The spectrum of cultures in Suriname
The range of languages and religions in Suriname is reflected in the number of different holidays. Respect for different cultures is important, and in Suriname, permission must always be sought before photographing locals (however, soldiers or military targets may not be photographed).
Vaccinations fit before the trip
There is some violent crime in Suriname, and especially in the capital. It is a good idea for tourists to check the location of particularly dangerous areas at the hotel, for example, and to avoid traveling alone.
Before traveling to Suriname, you should take care of the necessary vaccinations. Numerous regional languages are spoken in Suriname. However, the tourist gets along well in English, which is widely spoken.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN SURINAM
From Finland to Suriname via Amsterdam
There are no direct flights from Finland to Suriname. You can travel to Suriname, for example, via Amsterdam, Miami or Curacao.
Flights to Suriname are offered by, for example, KLM and Suriname Airways. Flights cost on average between € 1,000 and € 5,000 and flight prices vary widely depending on the number of airlines and stopovers.
Suriname International Airport Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, or Zanderij, is about an hour’s drive from Paramaribo.
Suriname hotel offer
Most of Suriname’s hotels and hostels are located in the capital, Paramaribo, and other major cities. Both quality and modest accommodation is available.
The price of a hotel night varies from 20 euros to 200 euros, depending on the desired level.
Take a taxi or bus
Getting around by bus is cheap in Suriname and there are regular bus routes, especially in the coastal area. Taxis are a more expensive but faster means of transport than buses, and the price can be negotiated in advance.
Driving a rental car in Suriname is not recommended due to the scarcity and condition of the roads. Rental cars are available, but they are expensive, in addition to which an international driving license is required for left-hand traffic in Suriname.
Inland, the best means of transport are boats, and some river routes have regular boat trips.
TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN SURINAME
The capital of Paramaribo
Paramaribo, the capital on the coast and along the Suriname River, is the largest city in Suriname. Dutch cultural heritage can be seen in the city, for example, in street names and buildings such as the Presidential Palace.
Paramaribo’s most popular places to visit include the historic part of the city, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2002, the more than 100-year-old St. Peter & Paul’s Cathedral, and the adjacent synagogue and mosque. Paramaribo also has many restaurants and shopping venues.
Nieuw Nickerie and Albina
Other city destinations in Suriname are the tourist town of Nieuw Nickerie and Albina. Located on the eastern edge of Suriname, Albina is famous for its turtles who come to Suriname to lay their eggs.
Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname’s third largest city on the western edge of the country, has several hotels and a ferry connection to Corriventon, a neighboring town in Guyana.
Suriname Natural Parks
Known for its nature, Suriname has many nature parks and small nature reserves. More than 12 percent of Suriname’s land area is natural parks and lakes, and the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, praised for its diversity, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other natural sites in Suriname include Galibi, Coppename Manding, Wia Wia, Brownsberg and Tafelberg.