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Paramaribo, often called Par'bo, is the most populated district of Suriname.

Understand[edit]

Even though the official language is Dutch, the high number of immigrants makes Sranantongo be the lingua franca on the streets in Paramaribo. However, in terms of first language, Dutch is the most widely spoken one, with 66.4% speaking it as their mother tongue, and most of the rest of the population can still speak it.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has three weekly direct flights from Amsterdam. Surinam Airways (Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij) also has three weekly direct flights from Amsterdam. If you are coming from Europe, another alternative is to fly with Air France from Paris to Cayenne (in French Guiana) and travel from there, either by plane or overland.

From the United States, airline service is available from Miami and New York (JFK) via Caribbean Airlines [1], which stops in Trinidad-Tobago enroute to Suriname. From August 2008, it is also possible to fly with Surinam Airways to and from Miami with a stop in Aruba.

From Brazil, there is twice per week a flight by Suriname Airways from Belém to Paramaribo vice versa. The flight takes 1 hour and half and only drinks are served.

From the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, also known as Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport, into Paramaribo there is a bus running. It takes about an hour. There are also taxis available. The situation outside the airport is a bit chaotic, with many taxi drivers hustling for clients.

In January 2009, a one-way taxi fare to the city center was SRD 100 while the bus would cost SRD 45. You can change money inside the airport terminal while you wait for your baggage.

By bus[edit]

From Georgetown, Guyana, take minibus #63a to Molson Creek in eastern Guyana just across the river from Suriname.

Ferries between the Guyanese and Surinamese sides of the river depart at 9am and 1pm. Minibuses typically depart Georgetown at 4am to arrive in time for the 8am ferry. The cost is approximately $US15 to the border however tickets for the whole trip through to Paramaribo are available for approximately $US30 - $US35. Ask at hotels for the numbers of drivers who will pick passengers up from their residences/hotels in Georgetown between 4:00am - 4:30am. There are also a number of drivers who depart Georgetown to meet the 1pm ferry although these are less common.

Travelers will need to arrive at the border at least one hour before the scheduled departure to clear customs which is open from 6:30am - 8:00am for the 9am departure and 10:30am - noon for the 1pm departure. A one way fare costs approximately circa $US 10 payable in local currency.

The actual ferry ride takes about 30 minutes. From there you can get a minibus into Paramaribo. Again the trip takes at least 3 hrs and costs ~US$15.

It is better to change GYD to SRD on the Guyanese side of the border where rates are more competitive. Opportunities to change money on the Surinamese side of the border are seemingly scarce and those desperate to change GYD there must be willing to accept a circa 20% loss in value upon exchange as opposed to circa 10% on the Guyanese side.

Rohit bus service will arrange both segments and back for SRD 200 (~USD 70) picking you up (Paramaribo~3AM) and dropping you wherever you indicate (Georgetown~2PM). (+597)7162293/8844880. Ask for Waldy.

By boat[edit]

Little boats can take you over the Suriname river to Commewijne.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

There are several car rentals services based in Paramaribo. Suriname has the English driving system. The steering wheel of the cars is on the right.

By bus[edit]

In Suriname, the buses are private. The drivers, however, follow collectively determined routes. The buses are somewhere between private taxis and public transportation and leave the bus station only when they are totally full, meaning there are not specific schedules. If you do see a bus, take note that the buses are hand painted.

See[edit][add listing]

Museums[edit]

  • Fort Zeelandia, Abraham Crijnssenweg 1, (+597) 42 58 71 (fax: (+597) 42 58 81), [2].  edit
  • St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1234.  edit
  • Royal Palm Gardens.  edit
  • Presidential Palace.  edit
  • Historical city center.  edit
  • Jodensavanne.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Have a walk in the Maagdenstraat where you will see a lot of Chinese jewelers. Most of the jewelers are specialized in labor-intensive handmade jewels. It is also quite cheap to give your jewels a bath giving them the glow they used to have, or to simply repair them.

Have a Chinese breakfast and eat dim sum at

  • Sun Do, corner of Weidestraat and F. Derbiestraat. Serves good dim sum.  edit
  • Liang Lang, corner Dr. J.F. Nassylaan and F. Derbiestraat. Famous for their 'tjoeng'  edit
  • Dumpling #1, Dr. J.F. Nassylaan 1. Famous for their king crab  edit

Visit the nightclubs (most popular at weekends)

  • Mystique Poolcafe, Wilhelminastraat 147, 8507550, [3].  edit
  • Margaritas Poolcafé, Kleine Dwarsstraat 3, (+597) 52 01 54 (fax: 520155), [4].  edit

Relatx the pools:

  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo, Mangolaan 118, 546904 (, fax: 546904), [5]. 10:00 - 22:00. Come and have a relaxing swim in the pool of Kekemba Resort Paramaribo. The pool of the resort used to be open for locals and other people staying in Suriname, but unfortunately is now only open to people staying at the resort.  edit

Visit Waterkant and enjoy the sunset.

Visit the flea market on Sunday.

Visit the flower expo at the Letitia Vriesdelaan which happens is scheduled every other Sunday. They sell different type of orchids, cacti, and other plants.

Tour companies[edit]

  • Oxygen Eco Tours, Waterkant 4, (+597) 41 01 00, [6].  edit
  • METS Travels and Tours, Dr. J.F. Nassylaan 2, Paramaribo, (+597) 477 088 (, fax: (+597) 42 23 32), [7]. Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  edit
  • Dubois & Dubois, Eldoradolaan 22, (+597) 47 69 02 (fax: (+597) 472 377).  edit
  • StiNaSu, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 10, (+597) 47 18 56 (fax: (+597) 42 18 50), [8].  edit
  • Zus&Zo, Grote Combeweg 13a, (+597) 52 09 05 (), [9].  edit
  • Fietsen in Suriname (Bike tours), Grote Combeweg 13a, (+597) 52 07 81 (), [10].  edit

Learn[edit]

  • Anton de Kom University of Surinam, Leysweg 86, Universiteitscomplex, Building IV, (+597) 46 55 58 (, fax: (+597) 46 22 91), [11].  edit

Work[edit]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

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Breakfast[edit]

  • Anthony's Corner, Domineestraat 44, (+597) 42 28 28 / 47 49 32 (fax: (+597) 42 28 25).  edit
  • Dumpling #1, Dr. J.F. Nassylaan 12, (+597) 88 12 60.  edit
  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo (ontbijt), Mangolaan 118, (+597) 546904 (, fax: (597)546906), [12]. 08:00 - 12:00. If you come early to Kekemba Resort for a swim or to relax in the steam sauna you can start the day with having breakfast in our breakfast room. A good breakfast with tea, coffie, bread, cheese, marmelade, juice, eggs, meat, yoghurt etc. srd 26.  edit

Fast Food[edit]

  • Burger King, Wagenwegstraat 3-7, (+597) 47 00 62 / 47 00 64 / 47 00 65.  edit
  • Domino Pizza, Coppenamestraat 9, (+597) 40 01 83 / 80 15 89 / 45 70 07.  edit
  • KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken, Waterkant 76, (+597) 42 52 54 (fax: (+597) 42 51 91).  edit
  • KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wilhelminastraat 62, (+597) 42 42 42 / 42 22 67 (fax: (+597) 42 43 43).  edit
  • McDonald's, Keizerstraat 62-64, (+597) 42 15 11 / 42 57 78 (fax: (+597) 42 57 01).  edit
  • Pizza Hut, Wilhelminastraat 62, (+597) 42 44 44 / 42 23 38 (fax: (+597) 42 23 68).  edit
  • Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits, Domineestraat 39, (+597) 42 64 01 (fax: (+597) 42 64 01). On the first floor of the Krasnapolsky Hotel. Popeye's serves Cajun style fast food.  edit
  • Saborella, Plutostraat 104-106, (+597) 45 36 04 (fax: (+597) 45 11 66).  edit

Warm meals[edit]

  • Mirosso Indonesisch Restaurant, J. Samson Greenstraat 104, (+597) 45 53 62 (fax: (+597) 45 28 71). 18:00 - 24:00 Except on Monday. Friday and Saturday till 02:00. Javanese restaurant which has received the Fernand de Rooy Certificate  edit
  • Kris' Roti. East Indian restaurant well known for their roti with chicken.  edit
  • Joosje Roti Shop, Zwartenhovenbrugstraat 9, (+597) 47 26 06 (fax: (+597) 42 47 38). Mon-Sat: 08:30 am - 10:00 pm. East indian restaurant well known for their roti with chicken in the center of town.  edit
  • Fatai Restaurant, Maagdenstraat 64, (+597) 47 39 17 / 42 00 15 / 80 64 48 (fax: (+597) 42 28 25).  edit
  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo (warm meals), Mangolaan 118, (+597) 546904 (). 13:00 - 22:00. Friday and Saturday till 02:00. Closed on Sunday. srd 15 - srd 30.  edit
  • Restaurant Jawa, Kasabaholoweg 7 (Verlengde Gemenelandsweg), 492691/492714 (, fax: 492714). 11.00 - 22.00 except sunday. Delicious Indonesian Food SRD15 - SRD50.  edit

Cafe's[edit]

  • 't vat, Kleine Waterstraat 1, 424631 (fax: 424790).  edit

Cozy[edit]

  • Restaurant Jawa, Kasabaholoweg 7 (uitvlught), 492691/492714 (, fax: 492714), [13]. 11.00-22.00. from US$5,=.  edit
  • Pannekoek & Poffertjes Cafe, Sommelsdijckstraat, van 11, 422914/8570415.  edit
  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo (cozy), Mangolaan 118, (+597)546904 (, fax: (+597)546906), [14]. 10:00 - 23:00. Do you look for a cozy, not so crowded, place to have a drink or a cocktail. Kekemba Resort Paramaribo is the place. You can sit at the upstairs bar with view on the swimming pool, or have your drink sitting at or in the swimming pool with your one and only true love. Then go relax in the hot tub and then cool down in one of our hammocks. Prices of the drinks start from srd 5 for soft or juice, our cocktails start at srd 10. srd 5.  edit

Restaurants[edit]

  • Shin Kong restaurant, Gompertstraat 16, (+597) 45 35 69.  edit
  • Dok 204 restaurant, Anton Dragtenweg 204, (+597) 31 14 62 (fax: (+597) 31 14 61).  edit
  • Lee's Korean Restaurant, Mahonylaan 12-14, (+597) 47 98 34 (fax: (+597) 42 06 95).  edit
  • Chi Min, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 83, (+597) 41 21 55 (fax: (+597) 42 70 57). 11:00 - 23:00. Chinese restaurant specialised in seafood.  edit
  • Palm Palace, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 34-36, (+597) 47 64 27 (fax: (+597) 41 21 67). Chinese restaurant  edit
  • Restaurant Jawa, Kasabaholoweg 7 (Uitvlught), 492691 or 492714 (, fax: 492714). 11.00-22.00 sunday closed. Indonesian.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Guesthouses[edit]

Hotels[edit]

  • Royal Torarica Hotel, Kleine Waterstraat 10, (+597) 47 35 00 (, fax: (+597) 47 38 08), [19]. checkin: 5:00 pm; checkout: 1:00 pm. US$145.  edit
  • Spanhoek Boutique Hotel, Domineestraat 2-4, (+597) 47 78 88 (, fax: (+597) 42 71 21), [20]. checkin: 12:30 am; checkout: 2:30 pm. The hotel opened its doors in November 2007. €110 per double room.  edit
  • Courtyard Paramaribo, Anton Dragtenweg 52-54, Paramaribo, Suriname, 597-4-56000 (fax: 597-4-56677), [21]. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. US$90.  edit
  • Spanhoek Boutique Hotel, Domineestraat 2-4, (+597) 47 78 88 (, fax: (+597) 42 71 21), [22]. checkin: 12:30 am; checkout: 2:30 pm. The hotel opened its doors in November 2007. €110 per double room.  edit
  • Hotel & Casino Torarica, Mr. L.J. Rietbergplein 1, (+597) 47 15 00 (, fax: (+597) 41 16 82), [23]. checkin: 5:00 pm; checkout: 1:00 pm. 4½-star US$140-upwards.  edit
  • Residence Inn Paramaribo, Anton Dragtenweg 7, (+597) 47 23 87 (, fax: (+597) 42 48 11), [24]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. 4-star  edit
  • Hotel La Petite Maison, Waterkant 4, (+597) 47 54 66 (, fax: (+597) 47 54 77), [25]. checkin: 12:00 am; checkout: 12:00 am.  edit
  • Tropicana Hotel & Casino, 17 Saramacca Straat, (+597) 52 09 90 (fax: (+597) 52 09 96), [26]. checkin: 12:30 am; checkout: 2:30 pm. €60/double room.  edit
  • Mirage Hotel & Casino, 11 Domineestraat, (+597) 52 05 76 (fax: (+597) 52 05 77), [27]. checkin: 12:30 am; checkout: 2:30 pm. €60/double room.  edit
  • Eco Resort Inn, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 16, (+597) 42 55 22 (, fax: (+597) 42 55 10), [28]. checkin: 5:00 pm; checkout: 1:00 pm. US$106/double room.  edit
  • Krasnapolsky Hotel, Domineestraat 39, (+597) 47 50 50 (, fax: (597) 42 01 39), [29]. The Krasnapolsky hotel is situated in down-town Paramaribo.  edit
  • North Resort Hotel, J.D. Gompertstraat 145-147, (+597) 45 75 91 (, fax: (+597) 45 75 27), [30].  edit
  • Paramuru Hotel, Waaldijkstraat 28, (+597) 41 10 19 (, fax: (+597) 41 10 20), [31].  edit
  • Tran Elite Hotel, J.D. Gompertstraat 143, (+597) 45 82 75 (, fax: (+597) 45 82 74), [32]. 3-star  edit

Apartments[edit]

  • Guesthouse Stay-Cey, Verlengde Hoogestraat 41, (+597) 41 20 19 (fax: (+597) 42 05 61), [33]. €30.  edit
  • Amber Apartments Paramaribo, Belemstraat 4, (+597) 47 32 03.  edit
  • Linur Apartments, Gonggrijpstraat 49, (+597) 35 40 86 / 42 05 32 (), [34].  edit
  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo, Mangolaan 118, (+597) 54 69 04 (), [35]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Stay in one of our luxury studio apartment. We have swimming pool, hot tub, hammocks. Make Kekemba Resort Paramaribo your hub for traveling to the interiour of Suriname with the untouched rainforest and for you daytrips to the many cultural sites to visit. Kekemba, where you meet your worldwide neighbours. €37.  edit


Contact[edit]

Embassies[edit]

  • Us-flag.png United States, 129 Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat, +597 472-900, Emergencies +597 710-1112 (fax: 597 425-788), [37]. M-F 7:30AM-4PM, ACS M, W 1:30PM-3:30PM.  edit



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