Tourism

Suriname is becoming an increasingly attractive adventurous and sustainable holiday destination for tourists who are looking for a special pristine holiday destination. It has a lot to offer to its visitors, a friendly and hospitable population, beautiful nature, a growing number of modern hotels, culinary hotspots, and a lot of entertainment and culture.

Among other things, it offers a virgin tropical rain forest, with rich flora and fauna. Villages of the Amerindians and Maroons in the interior are very interesting sights for tourists. The Central Suriname Nature Reserve (1998) is one of the largest nature reserves, and quite possibly the single most pristine tropical forest protected area on Earth.

Tourism in Suriname remains adventurous because it has not been spoiled by the pollution of the modern world. Located in the northern part of South America between Guyana and French Guyana and neighboring in the south to the gigantic Amazon rain forest and Brazil , Suriname is an ideal hub to exploring the "The beating heart of the Amazon". Rivers, Creeks, Rapids, Waterfalls, Rivers, Mountains, Plants, Trees, Flowers and an enormous amount of animal species blend into a paradise on earth, waiting to be explored. Suriname consists for 80% of tropical rainforest, making it an ideal country for nature lovers, bird watching, fishing, observing crocodiles or monkeys to whoosh through the treetops of the rainforest. Suriname got it all!

About 80% of the land area of Suriname consists of tropical rainforest. The jungle of Suriname is among the most pristine in the world. You'll find more than 300 different species of trees and many animals and plants. Ecotourism is the most popular for which the tourists come here. The beautiful interior with flora and fauna gives every tourist the feeling of rest, relaxation, and 'unwind' in a piece of paradise. A visit is therefore a unique experience to Suriname.

Suriname is a country of diverse cultures and traditions. Discover Suriname in the culture, lifestyle, food, hospitality, and authentic places all over the country. The Hindustanis, Javanese and Chinese are living here entirely by their typical culture and tradition and the Indigenous people and Maroons in the interior according to ancient tribal traditions and customs.

Suriname has a tropical climate. It is hot and humid. The average temperature is 27 ° C. There are two rainy seasons. The short rainy season falls in December and January, the long rainy season from April to July. Sometimes this is accompanied by 'sibibusi' violent rain showers. De dry periods (February and March, August and November) are the best time to visit Suriname.

Suriname is a country of color and diversity where tolerance and respect for each other's culture and religion are of paramount importance.

There are no less than twenty languages spoken here. Most Surinamese are multilingual. The main languages in Suriname are:

  • Dutch
  • Sranan Tongo
  • Sarnami Hindi
  • Javanese
  • Maroon different languages i.e. Saramaccan and Aukan etc.
  • Tribal languages i.e. Arawak, Carib, etc.
  • Chinese (Hakka, Mandarin, and Cantonese).

Suriname is a multicultural country. The people are known to be very hospitable.

Annual Events in Suriname

Every year there are some remarkable annual events held in Suriname which are worth visiting.

April: Carnivalesque walking event – AVD

The Suriname "wandelmars" or "Avond vierdaagse" (AVD), is an annual event organized during the Easter vacation in the month April in Suriname. This event is a 4-day walking event, mainly to keep the population, young and old, healthy and moving and is held in the streets of Paramaribo City. The AVD has an extra reflection of culture and commercial output. Divided into separate groups with their own logistics and organization it has become an event of fun, advertising and folklore.

June, 21: Fete de la Musique

Fête de la Musique is originally a French concept, which is adopted worldwide. Fete de la Musique is always celebrated on the day and evening of 21 June, the first summer day in Europe. Started in France in 1982, the festival's main purpose is to celebrate what organizers call 'the magical gift of music'. This event is organized by the French Embassy in Suriname.

November: Suriname Savanna Rally

The Suriname Savanna Rally is a 3-day adventure in the natural beauty of Suriname and is organized by SARK rally club. This rally can absolutely be seen as one of Suriname's biggest auto motor events, attracting many participants from all over the world. The event can also be marked as an Eco-Tourism event, because it brings participants to the unexplored regions of Suriname, where normal traffic won't bring you. The Suriname Savanna Rally usually starts at night when a big starting event is organized at the Independence Square ("Onafhankelijkheidsplein") in Paramaribo. The following days of the Suriname Savanna Rally are filled with excitement of road activities with rest stops and overnight camping in nature. According to participants, the rally is a must do for all rally lovers.
www.sarkonline.com

October: National Art Fair

The National Art Fair in Paramaribo highlights the amazing talents of local artists. Held at the end of October, each year, this festival focuses mainly on the work of visual artists in the country. More than simply exhibitions, however, there are also several art workshops and interactive discussions with the artists themselves.

November, 25: Srefidensi Marathon

The Srefidensi Marathon is an annual running event on the occasion of Suriname’s Independence Day at the 25thof November. During this marathon, hundreds of runners from Suriname and around the world fill the streets around the independence square in Paramaribo. 
www.surinamemarathon.org

New Year's Eve: Pagara Estafette

Suriname’s Pagara Estafette is at CNN’s list of top locations to visit for new year’s celebrations. The festival closes the calendar and is perhaps the most popular festival of all. The Pagara Estafette is a massive street party in Paramaribo waving goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new one. The festival is characterized by amazing firework displays and live concerts. Of all the events in Suriname, this one should definitely not be missed.