Top 10 things to do in Suriname

Published on November 3, 2017 by Mitchell Poleon

Top 10 things to do in Suriname

The primary challenge you face as a tourist in Suriname is deciding what to do first. Suriname is perhaps one of the most diverse holiday destinations that will make you feel at home even miles and oceans away from home.

Suriname is the perfect harmony of tropical rainforest, ethnic diversity, colonial history, and rivers. Activities and adventures in Suriname will give you a brand new look at life and the world. It is a British and Dutch colony that is in South America.

From the moment you arrive, your whole world revolves around excitement, heightened moments, laughter, great conversation, cultural exploration and elevating adventures. The beauty of Suriname also lies in its people. It is such a diverse and multicultural country that features Indians, Chinese, Africans, Dutch, British, Indonesians, and Amerindians.

Suriname is the kind of holiday destination that presents you an assortment of languages, cultures, dishes, activities and everything else. There is so much of everything that you will not know where to start and what to prioritize. Some of the things to do in Suriname include:

 

paramaribo-suriname
paramaribo-suriname

I. Visit Paramaribo

One of the most incredible places you can visit is Paramaribo that will without a doubt blow your mind. It is the perfect combination of a beautiful city with heritage sites and booming with activity all day and night. Dutch colonial buildings will give you an appreciation for colonial period architecture. The city features everything from amazing restaurants that serve specialty dishes, Indian roti shops, shopping areas and art. The harmonious existence of synagogues and mosques right next to each other is one of the most attractive facts of the city.

Galibi Coppename nature reserve
Galibi Coppename nature reserve

II. Galibi Coppename nature reserve

Swing by this incredulous nature reserve while in Suriname to experience unique animal species. The reserve is very historical since it began in 1969. Since the reserve is at the mouth of the Coppename River, it is a favorite spot for turtles during the laying season. If you want to witness this, the season runs from April to August. Bird watching is another activity to indulge in at the Galibi reserve.

jodensavanne-suriname
jodensavanne-Suriname

III. Visit the Jodensavanne

The list of places to visit in Suriname keeps expanding as more things to do come up. Exploring the ruins and delving into the history of the Spanish Jews should be on your to-do list. Joden Savanne, which translates to Jews savannah is a haven for Jews fleeing persecution. The ruins of the synagogue and old gravesites present a profound understanding of the Joden Savanne.

Raleigh falls in central Suriname nature reserve
Raleigh falls in central Suriname nature reserve

IV. See the Raleigh falls in central Suriname nature reserve

Central Suriname nature reserve covers the largest part of the whole country. It is the largest reserve that holds 40% of the unique Guianas plants and animals. The first stop you should make in the reserve to get a burst of freshness and flowing beauty is the Raleigh vallen. The falls run from the Coppename River in a long and low flow. After Raleigh falls, you can also see the spider monkeys, electric eels and many unique bird species.

Biking along Commewijne River
Biking along Commewijne River

V. Biking along Commewijne River

Plantations are prevalent along the length of the river. There are cacao, coffee, and sugar cane plantations. The area also features well-maintained bike routes that offer the best calming ride through the farms. Taking a water taxi across the river from Paramaribo is one of the most exciting things to do in Suriname. The taxi docks at the Frederiksdorp hotel and restaurant perfect for lunch before proceeding to the fort Nieuw Amsterdam. Here you will find some of the artifacts from the colonial period, slave trade times and the Dutch locks that contain the river.

 

Brownsberg nature park
Brownsberg nature park

VI. Hiking through the Brownsberg nature park

Nature is very calming and the best way to forget the busy life and look at the world through new eyes. The Brownsberg nature park gives you the opportunity to bond with nature, interact with an array of animals and distinct plant species. Hiking through creation, breathing in the fresh, clean air is great for your health as well.

suriname-mosque-keizerstraat
suriname-mosque-keizerstraat

VII. Visit the Suriname mosque

Suriname is a multi-ethnic country which makes it a haven for tourists who would love to experience most of the world’s cultures at one place. The mosque is the largest in the whole of the Caribbean, and it is in Paramaribo. The construction of the mosque took 20 years since there was no machine used to construct it. The striking thing about it is the location. It is right next to the Nevah Shalom synagogue. It is one of the recommended places for tourists to visit and experience the coming together of cultures and coexisting harmoniously.

nieuw-nickerie-suriname
nieuw-nickerie-suriname

VIII. Nieuw Nickerie

Banana and rice plantations are prevalent in this area. Balata collecting is, however, the chief activity of the town. While in the city, you should ensure to pop by the Bigi pan swamp and reservoir that features hundreds of bird species.

Arya Dewaker Hindu temple
Arya Dewaker Hindu temple

IX. The Arya Dewaker Hindu temple

This Hindu temple is the biggest in Suriname. It serves the large population of Hindus in the country. The temple is an ideal destination for tourists due to its unique design and symbolism featured in the models. There is also a library, meeting rooms and a ceremony room. The temple does not have deity images but features the Moorish and ancient Moghul styles. A Dutch architect designed the temple.

presidential palace suriname
presidential palace suriname

X. The presidential palace

While the capital and independence square are attractions by themselves, the presidential palace right across is a representation of Dutch architecture from colonial times. It is a world heritage site built in the 18th century. The palace is the president’s home that holds most diplomatic events. The manor features a landscape lined with palm trees. Many different birds perch on the trees as well as capuchin monkeys.

The explosive cultural harmony of Suriname makes many tourists marvel and have a deeper appreciation for the country. Hiking the trails and navigating the jungles will get your adrenaline going and help you shed off all the exhaustion from working.

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