Travel information

The Republic of Suriname is situated on the northeast coast of South America and in the west borders to Guyana, in the east to French Guyana and in the south to Brazil . Suriname is ranked in the top five of the least populated tropical countries in the world; about 95 % of the 450,000 inhabitants live in the capital Paramaribo and in small villages along the coast and riverbanks . Suriname is proud to belong to one of the safest countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. As a tourist you need to take into account a number of rules that are actually little different from the rules that one must take into account in one’s own country.

Tourists

Suriname is also geographically safe. Thus, it has no natural disasters, no hurricanes, no tsunamis, no volcanoes and earthquakes. A reassuring thought. The tropical rainforest of Suriname is among the five largest in the world and is also called one of the lungs of our Earth. The Surinamese government has opted for sustainability and thus for sustainable tourism. Only tourism can create a sustainable source of income from the Amazon rainforest for both the local population and the government. Participation of local people in the activities of the jungle resorts and recreation resorts is put first and foremost in this respect.

Accessibility

KLM and Surinam Airways (SLM) carry out joint flights to Paramaribo. Please note that flights are fully booked soon. So books in time is recommended. Suriname is accessible using the following airlines:


Language in Suriname

Dutch is the official language in Suriname. It is used in government, in education and in the newspapers, often in a more solemn manner. You can go anywhere with it and only in the interior, you can find people who have never learned (good) Dutch. Most Surinamese therefore have a different mother tongue: Sarnami or Hindi in Hindustani, Javanese, Malay and Javanese in Mandarin, Cantonese or Hokka by the Chinese. Maroons speak Saramaccan, Aucan or Matawai. The Indians speak their native language as Karaïbs, Trio and Wayana.

Sranan or Sranantongo was the language of the slaves and developed further as the language of the city Creoles. It has become the unifying language in this melting pot of cultures; practically every Surinamese speak (even) Sranan. It's a real contact language with a simple grammar and limited vocabulary.

Climate in Suriname

Suriname has a tropical climate. During the day it is usually around 30 degrees and average mercury is not below 18 degrees. In the interior, the differences between day and night, slightly larger than in the city. During the day there is around 35 degrees and at night it can be around 16 degrees. This is to Surinamese standards very cold.

Seasons in Suriname

There are four seasons: the short rainy season from early December to late January; the short dry season from early February to late April; the rainy season from late April to mid-August; the long dry season from mid-August to early December. Often during the rainy season in the afternoon or at night there falls a huge storm, and it is the rest of the day dry. Occasionally rains sometimes a whole day.

Best time to travel to Suriname

The best time to visit is during the dry Suriname period from February to April, and from mid-August to November.

Vaccinaties
When going on vacation to Suriname is a vaccination against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio), hepatitis A and yellow fever vaccination is recommended. As well as a vaccination against Hepatitis B and typhoid fever, but this is only if you want to stay in the country longer. Malaria is also in Suriname therefore Malaria pills against Malaria are wise to take. Consult a physician or the health department for your personal travel information.

Payment in Suriname
In Suriname you pay with the Surinamese dollar. For the exchange rate on  www.valuta.nl

Electricity in Suriname
The standard voltage is 110 volts in Suriname. Some hotels have 220 volts. Chargers for phone, laptop, camera and the like and also shavers and hairdryers automatically switch to 110 volts. There is no other power needed.