Paramaribo Travel Guide

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Paramaribo Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful architecture, very clean and comfortable 

  • Con
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     The heat and humidity 

  • In a nutshell
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     The wonderful wooden city of the Caribbean 

Paramaribo Things to Do

  • A Hindu cremation

    If you got as far as the Hindu sanctuary Weg naar Zee, you may well go the other 2 km to the adjacent cremation site. Here the Hindu community cremates its deceased in the open air, and eventually scatters the ashes in the sea.Cremations take place almost daily. Your best chances to see one being executed are on weekdays, but when the need arises...

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  • Hindu sanctuary "Weg naar Zee"

    Close to the sea-shore north-west of Paramaribo city we came to see the largest statue collection of Hindu deities in Suriname. Several of these have been donated by rich families who want you to know that they did so.You do not need to be a Hindu believer to be allowed access to the site. Just take off your shoes when you enter a roofed area or...

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  • The wooden Peter and Paul cathedral

    The all-wooden Sts. Peter- and Paul-cathedral is said to be the largest one in South-America. It was built in the 19th century (inaugurated in 1885), and nowadays in dire need of restauration. The danger of collapse has been diverted by numerous supports on the inside, but the real restauration work has yet to begin. It is worthwhile to see the...

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  • Concerts in the Cathedral

    As from May 2011, since the Peter-and-Paul cathedral has been restored, a commission organizes a monthly concert in the church, featuring local artists and any singer or musician from overseas who happens to be in Paramaribo.We attended a concert in April 2013. A young pianist from the Netherlands brought works from Debussy and Grieg. She also...

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  • The Neotropical Butterfly Park

    On our second visit to Suriname in 2012 a friend took us to the Neotropical Butterfly Park. Based on a butterfly breeding and exporting firm since 1996, it had been opened as recently as July 2010Breeding butterflies still is the core business of Ewout and Amira Eriks. But they have added red-tailed boas (boa constrictor constrictor), land turtles...

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  • St Peter and St Paul Cathedral

    The cathedral, from 1885, is the tallest wooden building in the western hemisphere. It is currently closed for renovation after an almost collapse during restoration work in 1979, the work is to financed by the EU. The cathedral has also suffered vandalism to the building and the Maarschalkerweerd organ.

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  • Ahmadiyya Anjuman mosque

    this is the main mosque of Paramaribo and SurinameSuriname has 20% of muslim population, the biggest of the Americansit is because, some slaves brought from Africa, and workers from India, Pakistan and Indonedia... who were brought there, some centuries agolike you see, the mosques has mostly South Asian architecture... but with a caribbean soul

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  • Central Market

    The Central Market is a typical city produce market, with fish, meats, produce, as well as dry goods. Upstairs, there is a labyrinth of corridors and stalls selling clothing, shoes, and accessories.They market opens early and closes early. Best to get there in the early morning before things close and while the temperatures are still more...

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  • Duch in South America? ck out streets in...

    drive, walk, bike around town and you will feel in Dutch land with a mix of india, africa, asia and all the cultures

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  • Flowermarket in the Cultuurtuin

    On Sunday-mornings there is a flowermarket in the Cultuurtuin. For flower lovers in general and orchid lovers in particular.

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  • Tourist office

    Aye, you know you need it, so here it is, its got everything you'd expect, plus a bar, and is really close to some good restaurants, and its on the river, its also in a really nice old Dutch Colonial building (as are lots of buildings in Paramaribo).

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  • Fort Zeelandia

    Fort Zeelandia is a formal Dutch Fort in the capital of Suriname, its located at the left bank of the river "Suriname"It's also the place were years later the Decembermoorden (Decembre murders) took place... ( 08-12-1982 )Since 1995 you will find the Surinam Museum there...

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Paramaribo Restaurants

  • Not to miss out on

    The family-owned Sarinah restaurant started out "with six tables in a garage", and this still shows in the unpretentious facade: a factory-like hall. The more so as the take-away counter takes up the width on the roadside. But once you enter through the corridor on the left, the restaurant is quite charming with paintings and other art from...

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  • The best in Paramaribo

    We dined here on invitation, the restaurant was our host's choice. Probably the best restaurant in Paramaribo. The Thai food, the service, the garden, all were excellent. The only drawback may be that the Garden of Eden is located far from downtown Paramaribo, where most tourists stay. Thai menu, hard to name a favouite dish, everything was so...

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  • Good Choice

    No doubt . Delicious food and service. Always crowded. aIRCO DINING AND OUTSIDE PATIO DINING. oUTSIDE THE CITY CENTER BUT ANY TAXI CAN TAKE YOU THERE. THEY ALSO HAVE REASOBALE PRICES RICETABLE VARIOUS DISHES.

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  • Delicious Indonesian Food

    Restaurant Jawa is one of the biggest restaurants in Paramaribo Suriname and serves very good Indonesian food at Reasonable prices. Airco dining rooms and outside dining available. Don't miss it. Nasi Rames Special. Its a mix of approximately 7 various food dishes and the price is good.

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  • Excellent restaurant on the Paramaribo...

    The restaurant is situated right on the banks of the Paramaribo, a very tranquil surrounding, the theme is nautical, lots of heavy wood, with the option of sitting outside, candles on the tables, everything you would normally get in an international restaurant.The food is typical international food and the restaurant caters mainly for the tourist...

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  • Chill cafe and Wi-Fi (& guesthouse &...

    Zuz & Zo's has a guesthouse (starting price of 25 EUR/night), but I find that a little expensive for backpacker-budget accommodation.They do however offer many tours and excursions.They also rent bicycles for 3 EUR per day (or 35 EUR per month)Their food is good and if you are a paying customer they have a Wi-Fi hotspot for free (just register your...

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Paramaribo Nightlife

  • Duty Tourist Nightclub

    The strip outside the Torarica is the duty tourist spot, a see of white, if you will. The duty nightclub for this area is Starzz, its not too bad, signposted, music is quite good and they have various nights with guest DJ's and stuff, expect to pay normal prices for nightclubs, dance the night away etc etc, bulk standard european nightclub. Dress...

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  • Bar with a terras and live music...

    't Vat is a "gezellig" cafe in Paramaribo with a big terras and often live music....You can grap a little to eat there and have some drinks.Even breakfast and Lunch are served there...When we were there it was very crowded because there was some live music, when we finally had a table we had ha very good evening.The local beer is called Parbo bier...

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Paramaribo Transportation

  • Dugout

    There is no schedule, the boat leaves when full.Price is fixed for locals but could be enormous for tourist, be wise...Very usefull on the Suriname river in Paramaribo.

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  • City to/from the airport

    You can hire a private taxi to the airport, but a cheaper alternative is one of the private shuttle buses.There are a few companies in town, but a common and trusted one is "Ashruf"For 40 SRD, they will pick you up or drop you off at any address you request.Reservations are asked to be at least one day in advance.Upon reservation, they will tell...

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  • Car Ferry Albina-St Laurent

    There is a car ferry (quite a good one) that runs between Albina and St Laurent, usually in the mornings but also Sunday evening, if you take it through Suriname with the aim of entering French Guyana, make sure you have all your docs intact, and you're visas and entry stamps in order, cuz the ferry goes to the French Guianese customs terminal, so...

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Paramaribo Shopping

  • Hammocks and supplies for the interior

    Having searched many stores for hammocks and mosquito nets, a local guy pointed me to this store. It is about 5 minutes walk past the central market, on the right side. Once you enter, you will notice that it sells almost exclusively fabrics/textiles and hammocks. But near the back of the store, it also sells miscellaneous tools and equipment...

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  • Everything you could possibly want to...

    This famous and very large souvenir shop in the centre of Paramaribo, sell everything you could possibly ever have wanted to buy and quite a few things you would not want too. Lots of beautiful local crafts, paintings and carvings, post cards (and stamps), clothing, T-shirts, caps, etc. Masses of souvenir junk, including stuffed piranhas!

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Paramaribo Local Customs

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    You'll find stalls all over selling shaved ice with syrup in all kinds of flavours. I liked tamarind best.

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Paramaribo Off The Beaten Path

  • "Avondvierdaagse"

    We happened to be in Paramaribo during the first week of April 2013, and witnessed the "Avondvierdaagse". The name of this yearly happening can be translated in English as "four days' evening hike". Groups and individual hikers cover a different distance around town for four aftrenoons in a row, Wednesday through Saturday.Many groups are...

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  • How to get to Fort New Amsterdam

    Plenty of people have commented here on the Open Air Museum and Fort New Amsterdam. However, nobody touched on how to get there.You can take bus #4 for 1.5 SRD to the north edge of the Suriname River. To get this bus, catch it from Waterkant & Kromme Elleboog.(Alternatively if you rent a bike, from Zuz & Zo's for example, you can ride up to the...

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  • Independence Day in the Palm Garden

    The 'palmentuin' or Palm Garden lies just behind the presidential palace. It is a favourite gathering place for all kinds of festivities. And of course it is crowded on independence day. Here you can enjoy all kinds of local snacks. But do not pass by the sad monument for little Ruben, who died because he got locked in a refrigerator. The monument...

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Paramaribo Favorites

  • Schaafijs

    “Schaafijs” is a delicacy Helen remembers from the time she was a little girl in Paramaribo over half a century ago. It consists of ice scraped from a block with syrup added.Scrape-ice is still as popular as ever. During shopping hours you can find this cart parked on the corner of Domineestraat and Steenbakkerijstraat and there is always a queue...

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  • Suriname Visa/Customs - DO I DON'T I?

    Now there's a question, any nationality from South America can enter Suriname without a visa, except people from French Guiana, winner. Even better, if you're American you pay more than the norm, but you can apply online, lucky you. You have to physically go out of your way to go to the customs point in Albina and in St Laurent, it is far easier...

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  • So many cultures

    Paramaribo is a name that sings. It's so nice to say it. I remember my wonder when I visited this place when I was 16. So many cultures (see my Suriname page).And I particularly loved the ice man. Scraped ice with any flavour syrup.

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Good Javanese
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Pannekoek & Crepes
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Taxis to Albina
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Independence Day at the Presidential Palace
Off The Beaten Path
Largest wooden church in south america
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The Zoo
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My first Korean
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Enormous portions!
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Riverboat
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Riverside
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Plantation house
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Ambulance
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Fire Engine and other old vehicles
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New Amsterdam Fort
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Open Air Museum
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New Amsterdam Pier
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Arya Dewaker Hindu Temple
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Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha'at Islam Mosque
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Synagogue
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Tourist bus
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Interesting seating!
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Palmentuin
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Reformed Church
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Currency museum
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Susannah du Plessis House
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Presidential Palace
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Foreign Affairs
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Ministry of Finance
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WWII Memorial
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Jules Albert Wydenbosch Bridge
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Queen Wilhelmina
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Red letter box
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Another famous bust
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Officers' Buildings
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Bust to Eddy Sniders
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BWIA
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Fort Zeelandia
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The Palmentuin
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