Suriname Things to Do

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Suriname Things to Do

  • The most delicious place in Paramaribo

    The large covered Central Market hall on the Waterkant is no doubt the most delicious place in Paramaribo. "Under the market", as Surinamians call the ground floor, fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, spices, herbs, etc. cookies, "above the market" (upstairs) clothes, kitchenware, spices. So many kinds of mango ("manja"): golet manja, tetee manja,...

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  • Monuments for ethnic groups

    Suriname is an ethnically mixed society. After the Europeans arrived here, people from several corners of the world were introduced here, principally to work at the plantations.Of course the Amerindians lived in Suriname first. There used to be a monument for them Albina. When we saw it in 2007 it was already damaged, one man missing an arm. On our...

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  • Brownsberg naturepark

    This mountain once was sold to win gold here. But John Brown could not find enough gold here and sold the area. So in 1970 Brownsberg Nature Park was established. It is Suriname’s first and only national park. The park (as the name suggests) is located on a mountain. From the top of the mountain (500 m) you have a perfect view of the Brokopondo...

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  • Sea turtles nests

    Make a trip to Matapica or Galibi to see the sea-turtles nest.Matapica is located just east of the Suriname river estuary on the Atlantic coast within the North Commewijne-Marowijne Multiple Use Management Area (MUMA). It is a highly dynamic beach, which moves to the west with a speed of 1.5 km per year due to beach erosion on the east side and...

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  • Climbing Nassau mountains

    You can participate in a survival expedition to the Nassau mountains. Climb 560 meters to reach the highest peak for a unique view that will leave you speechless. During your trip through the rainforest you will be taught survival techniques.- A demanding climb to the mountain peak - A unique view from the mountain peak - Overnight stay deep in the...

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  • Parbo market

    The local market in Paramaribo is a huge covered place with hundreds of stands and many more in the adjacent street on the back of the main road.In the first big hangar you find vegetable, fruit, cloths and so on, in a separate hangars there are meat and fish stands.It's a pleasure to enjoy fresh products there!

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  • Powaka Creek

    Visiting Powaka you can't miss a stop to the small creek. Locally maintained, low fee to access, a couple of huts to shelter, and a pretty creek surroundered by jungle flora to refresh.

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  • Powaka

    Powaka is an Indian village south of Paramaribo.It takes almost 1 hour drive and about 20 minutes along the red bumpy road to reach it.Our fav taxi driver was born there, so we decided to visit it and give him a chance to grab some food to take back to the city from his dad. It is a pretty rural village, very quiet, houses are a bit far the one...

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  • White Beach

    White Beach is an artificial beach created on the Suriname river and it is a very popular destination.The strip of water where people are allowed to swim is protected with a net, in order to be kept clean and free from the river water animals.The beach is about half hour drive from Paramaribo, the entrance is 10srn per person and 5 srn for car...

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  • Suriname Spectacular Bridge

    A job well done! The Architectural works of this bridge adds to the wonders of the country, this is the bridge across the Suriname river.Its true beauty is at nights, crossing to the eastern direction on returning at its peak it would be nice to stop and grasp the panoramic view from here, you will see Paramaribo in its true image.This bridge was...

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  • Old sugar factory Mariënburg

    In the Commewijne district you can visit the old sugar factory Mariënburg. The factory is no longer in use since the price of sugar and sugar products sank. But they didn't dismantle the factory, old machines are still standing in an hall that is falling apart. A very special sight.The factory was established in 1882. In 1902 a riot broke out, the...

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  • Go cycling in Commewijne

    Rent a bike in Paramaribo, cross the river by boat and discover the Commewijne district by bike.You can rent a bike at several places but we rented ours at Zus & Zo. (tel: 08815361).From the Waterkant you can take a ferry, just ask the price, to Commewijne. Commewijne is the district at the other side of the river. It is mainly an agricultural...

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  • visit Leonsberg

    Leonsberg is the luxureous neighbourhood in the north of Paramaribo. In the 18th century it used to be a coffee plantation. Driving trough Leonsberg you can see very big villa's, also from ex-military dictator Desi Bouterse.The last busstop is at the Leonsberg pier. Here you can sit, relax, and enjoy the view, having a nice Suriname meal at the...

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  • White Beach resort

    Beautiful artificial beach at the Surinam River. By car it's about 25 minutes from Paramaribo.I went by bus (2 SRD) and took me an hour.Very relaxing for a daytrip, there are also apartements to stay over night.Private beach on weekdays, more crowded on Sundays, when there is live music and barbeque.

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  • Upper Suriname

    Do go on a boattrip to upper Suriname. This area is called upper Suriname (Boven Suriname) because it is upstream the Suriname river. All transport here is done by boat, there are simply no roads in the rainforest.The boatsmen have great skill and will navigate through the rapids making it look like an attraction in an amusement park.There are...

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  • See Mosque and Synagogue in Paramaribo...

    A Jewish Synagogue and a Muslim Mosque next to each other. The one place in the world where you can see this.

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  • Galibi and seaturtles

    Galibi is an Carib indian village at the coast of the Atlantic.We got there from Albina with a hired canoe from one of the Carib Indians. From Februari till Augustus special tours are organised to the wild coast to see seaturtles nest.By night we took the canoe to sail to the wild coast (1 hour from the village),and there we saw hordes of giant...

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  • The Central Market

    Paramaribo's central market is the place for lots of delicious fruits, fresh vegetables, cheap cd's, clothing, clothing, just about anything you can imagine. There's also an outdoor fishmarket and a big Maroon market where you can find anything for ceremonial and medicinal purposes (bones, sticks, leaves, feathers)...I

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  • Brokopondo Lake

    Stay a few nights on an island in the Brokopondo Lake. It is really a good place to unwind. The water surrounding you is warm. So swimming is great. But you can also fish if you like, the lake has spots where piranha's are abundant. But there are other fish to catch too.Also make a trip by boat between the trees. This lake was formed in 1964, when...

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  • Jodensavanne

    The main goal of the boat trip down the Suriname river was a visit to the Jodensavanne.During the inquisition the jews fled from Spain to flourishing countries like Holland and England. From there they came on ships to Suriname to start plantations. In 1640 the first jewish settlement in this area started with growing sugar cane.When they got the...

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  • Brownsberg

    Brownsberg is a beautiful nature reservate in Surinam. You can see many monkeys and other fauna and flora here.You can book a trip at one of the many booking offices, or you can go by yourself, like me and my boyfriend did:We booked our cottons and bus from Brownsway to the top @ STINASU (bus: 25 SRD p.p, 3 nights cotton 11 SRD p.p)The next day we...

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  • Visit French Guyana

    From Albina it's very easy to make a crossover to French Guyana. You just have to make sure you have an european passport or a visa. I drove for 7,50 SRD by bus to Albina (a 5 hour drive, not for elderly and children!), and took a boat to Saint Laurent. Make good appointments about the prices of the boat, it shouldn't be more then 10 SRD p.p. In...

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  • Have a drink @ the famous bar 't Vat

    Firts thing lots of visitors do, is having a drink (or diner) at 't Vat.A very good meeting spot, live music, every now and then soccer games on big television screens. The concept of a typical duth terrace.

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  • Fort Zeelandia

    This is a beautiful historical part of Paramaribo, at the Surinam river.You can sit en relax here, see the art and visit the museum.The museum is a former 17th century Duth fort in Paramaribo.After the barracks it became a prison.In 1982, 15 antagonists of the Boutserse-regime were killed here (Murders of december)

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  • A trip down the Suriname river

    The first boat trip we took was a two day trip down the Suriname river to see the Jodensavanne, the first jewish settlement in Suriname now overtaken by the rainforest. This part of the river is broad and doesn't have dangerous rapids. The boat had a roof and when it started to rain we could even lower some screens along the boat to keep it dry...

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  • Fort Nieuw Amsterdam

    At the other side of the river in the Commewijne district , where the Commewijne river and the Suriname river come together, there is another fort. It is fort Nieuw Amsterdam. The fort was built in the 18th century to protect the plantations. When the plantations were no longer profitable most of them closed. And the fort lost its defending...

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  • Fort Zeelandia

    One of the remains of the Dutch settlers is Fort Zeelandia, named after the dutch province Zeeland. It was first a fort from the English rulers. When in 1667 the Dutch came they strengthened the fort which was used for their defence until a new fort was built at the opposite of the river somewhat north, closer to the mouth of the river. This fort...

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  • Flora and Fauna

    Make a 2 or 3 day trip to the Brownsberg Nature Reserve, where you can hike to waterfalls and vantage points with views of the Brokopondo Reservoir and the extensive green jungle. The lush vegetation and the different kinds of butterflies and birds make your forest hike an experience you will not easily forget.

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  • upper suriname river tour

    Along the upper stream of the Suriname river, approximately 200 km south of Paramaribo, you will meet the Saramaccan Maroons and their culture. We depart in the early morning by bus on the Afobaka road passed the fascinating, mystical forest with its unique tropical flora. At approximately 160 km from Paramaribo lies Atjoni where we will continue...

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  • visit brownsberg nationalpark

    At a height of 500 meters on the rainforest, on the Mazaroni plateau, lies Brownsberg Nature Park in de midst of a 6000 acres nature reserve, approximately 130 km south from Paramaribo. On the plateau, you can enjoy a magnificent over the Van Blommenstein hydro lake. Walking paths take you through the tropical rainforest to small but attractive...

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  • Drietabbetje

    DrietabbetjeDritabiki is a small village; named fore it's tree islands.It is headquater the Paramakas, also called the Ndjukas.When you visit it, you have to meet the Granman to tell you're here and to give a present.

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  • Paramaribo (Fort Zeelandia)

    Fort ZeelandiaFort Zeelandia is a fortress in Surinam that was built by British colonists (originally called Fort Willoughby) in early 1600s around a small trading post.Captured by the Dutch, it was given its present name.During the government of Desi Bouterse in the 1980s, it was the scene of the "December murders" of 1982 and was used to hold and...

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  • Redi-Dotti

    Redi-DottiA small village on the left-bank off the Suriname river; nothing to do; but relax and enjoy course this is Suriname.

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  • Jodensavanna

    JodensavannaOn the rightside of the Suriname river lies the Jodensavanna.The old Jewish site in the jungle of Suriname, is the first token of the presence of Jewish people in the New World. The site mainly consists of the remnants of a synagogue and 2 beautiful cemeteries, but buried under the jungle lie the remnants of the old Jewish village that...

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  • Chattillion

    ChattillionOn the rightside bank of the Suriname river lies Chattillion.It was a colony for leprous persons.The late Dutch missionary Petrus Donders also known as Peerke Donders worked here in 19th century.When he died in 1887 he was buried at the local cemetery.In 1900 his body was moved to the St. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral and in 1982 pope John...

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  • Saramaka

    SaramakaSaramaka, sometimes spelled Saramacca is the name of a group of Maroons (escaped African slaves) who established small communities along the Surinam river in Suriname during the XVIII century and are now present in Suriname and in French Guiana.

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  • Marowijne River

    Marowijne RiverOn the baks off this river there are several village's off the Maroon.The term Maroon was generalized to include any slave or group of slaves that had rebelled or escaped from their owners frequently within the first generation of their arrival from Africa, often preserving their African languages and many of their cultural traits....

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  • Dugout

    DugoutA dugout is a boat which is basically a hollowed tree trunk.Construction of a dugout begins with the selection of a log of suitable dimensions. Sufficient wood needed to be removed to make the vessel relatively light in weight and buoyant, yet still strong enough to support the crew and cargo. Specific types of wood were often preferred based...

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  • Totness

    TotnessTotness; a small town in the Corronie district; with some beautifull buildings.When you pass; just take a look

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  • Coronie

    CoronieCoronie, as with most of Suriname, relies mostly upon agriculture for both its income and its food supply. The coastal environment means that many coconut and rice plantations exist.The locals make uses the coconut's to make coconut oil. Coconut oil is considered by some to be a very healthy oil. Consumption of virgin coconut oil...

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  • Weg naar Zee

    Weg naar ZeeThere is a huge community of hindu in Suriname.This is a holy place for them, where the burn there deceased.

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  • Frederiksdorp

    FrederiksdorpFrederiksdorp is an other plantation, wich was left alone.A new owner try's to make a living out off the tourist-industrie; and run it as a hotel.Hopfully the beautiful buildings can be saved now.

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  • Peperpot

    PeperpotPeperpot was an estate where there was cacao and coffee.The beans where dried here and sold on the local market in Paramaribo.Unfortunatly these plantations can't get enough employee's; so the're left alone and the jungle is starting to take things over.

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  • Commewijne District

    Commewijne DistrictCommewijne is a district of Suriname, located on the right bank of the Suriname River.One of the most populated of Suriname's districts, Commewijne relies primarily on agriculture for its income, with plantations dating back to the first Dutch colonisation of the area in the 1600s.To expand their plantations, the Dutch imported...

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  • Paramaribo (Onafhankelijksplein)

    OnafhankelijkspleinOnafhankelijksplein (Independence Square) features a statue of legendary former prime minister Pengeland and is surrounded by the stately 18th-century Presidential Palace, aging colonial government buildings and an ultramodern finance building. Behind the palace is the Palmentuin, a shady haven of tall royal palms that's home to...

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