SURINAME TRAVEL GUIDE
Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America. It's defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture.
Dutch is still taught in schools here and when you drive by the streets the houses have Dutch looking exteriors. It is not unusual to see monkeys swinging on the trees and boa constrictors crossing the well-travelled roads in Suriname where over eighty percent of the land is rainforests and where the Amazonian interior is pristine and sparsely inhabited.
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SURINAME QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Paramaribo
- Currency: Surinamese Dollar(SRD)
- Area: total: 163,270 km2
- Population: 575 991 (2018)
- Language: Dutch (official), English (widely spoken)
- Religion: Hindu 27.4%, Muslim 19.6%, Roman Catholic 22.8%, Protestant 25.2%
- Electricity: 110-127V/60HZ (Europe & USA plug)
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SURINAME PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 1 January, New Year’s Day
- 25 February, Day of Liberation and Innovation
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 1 July, Liberation Day (Abolition of Slavery Day)
- 1 August, Indigenous Peoples Day
- 10 October, Maroons Day
- 25 November, Independence Day
- 25–26 December, Christmas
Also, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Easter, Easter Monday, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Good Friday
SURINAME WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Suriname’s geographical location just 2-6° north of the equator gives it a warm and moist tropical climate. Mean temperature is 25-27.5°C throughout the year in the north, and a little cooler, at around 23-25°C, in the southern regions. The average daily temperature can vary from 26°C in January to 31°C in October. Inter-annual variations in climate are caused by the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). El Niño episodes bring dry conditions throughout the year, and bring warmer temperatures between June and August, while La Niña episodes bring wetter conditions throughout the year and cooler temperatures between June and August. The observed mean in relative humidity is 81%. Average annual rainfall is 2,200 mm; however, localized rainfall varies over the terrain where the coastal plains receive on average 1,500-1,750 mm and the central region receives 2,500-3,000 mm. Suriname experiences two wet seasons: a major wet season between May and July when most of the country receives 250-400 mm per month, and a minor wet season from November to January which brings around 150-200 mm of rainfall per month. The country also experiences two short dry seasons: a short dry season from February-April with mean monthly rainfall of 100 mm and a long dry season from August to December with less than 100 mm of rainfall per month. Suriname is south of the hurricane belt and therefore evades this threat.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN SURINAME
Suriname has plenty of good hiking opportunities, but these are best explored together with a local guide due to the terrain and lack of infrastructure outside Paramaribo. The dry season runs from around mid August to late November or early December.
BEACH OPTIONS IN SURINAME
Suriname's beaches might be beautiful, but they are rarely easy to reach. They are primarily the breading grounds for turtles, making the country one of the best places in the world to see this endangered underwater marvel in the wild.
HEALTH RISKS IN SURINAME
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.