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Located on the north-eastern coast of South America, Suriname is the smallest country on the continent. The country is characterized by Dutch colonial architecture, vast swaths of tropical rainforest, distinct wildlife, and a melting-pot f culture. Along the coast lie pristine beaches and river estuaries. Visitors will find manatees at the the Coppename Nature Preserve and leatherback turtles at the Galibi Nature Reserve, while the Bigi Pan wetlands are frequented by caimans and birds. The Central Suriname Nature Reserve is located in the heart of the country. The Reserve comprises tropical forest with spider monkeys and jaguars. Suriname is home to several archaeological monuments, namely, Sipaliwini Savannah Petroglyph Rock, Voltzberg petroglyphs, Pondocreek ditch, and Werepai cave petroglyphs. Suriname hosts popular festivals such as Fete de la Musique (World Music Day), International Film Festival, Brazilian Carnival, National Art Exhibition, Suriname Jazz Festival, and Pagara Estafette.
Popular Destinations in Suriname
Capital of Suriname, Paramaribo is situated on the banks of the Suriname
River. The city is Suriname’s cultural and commercial hub. Paramaribo is
known for ornate wooden Dutch colonial buildings. History and architecture
lovers would love to explore the winding streets of Paramaribo’s historic
inner city (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where they will see a blend of
Dutch architecture and local techniques. The 17thcentury Fort
Zeelandia and the 18th century stone-and wood Presidential
Palace are the major highlights of the city. The elegant Saint Peter and
Paul Cathedral is an among the largest wooden structures in the Caribbean.
The cosmopolitan city is also home to Neveh Shalom Synagogue, Mosque
Keizerstraat, and Arya Dewaker Hindi Temple. Paramaribo is lined with
several museums, cultural institutions, and parks, such as the Surinaams
Museum, Garden of Palms, Central Bank of Suriname’s Numismatic Museum,
Readytex Art Gallery, and Het Koto Museum.
Capital of the Nickerie district, Nieuw Nickerie is among
the largest cities in Suriname. The city lies at the mouth of the Nickerie
River on the Atlantic Coast. A ferry service connects Nieuw Nickerie to the
Guyanese town of Corriverton. Nieuw Nickerie’s economy is agriculture based
and major produce in Nieuw Nickerie is rice and bananas. A major center of
health in the region, the city is also home to the country’s only hospital
outside of Paramaribo, the Lachmipersad Mungra Regional Hospital Nickerie.
The city is home to a sizeable Indian ad Javanese population and Zeedijk
Nickerie Temple is a popular attraction here. Nieuw Nickerie also acts as a
gateway to the nearby, Central Suriname Nature Reserve, which is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
Located in eastern Suriname, Albina is capital of the Marowijne District.
Roughly 150 kms from Paramaribo, the city lies on the west bank of
Marowijne River, which forms the border with French Guiana. Albina is
connected by a frequent ferry service to the French Guianan town of
Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. The city is well connected via a small airport.
Beach buffs can take a 1.5-hour boat ride to Galibi. Turtles from all
across the world make their way to Galibi to lay their eggs. Many visitors
are drawn to catch a glimpse of these exotic turtles.
Best Time to Visit Suriname
The best time to take Suriname flights weather-wise is from February to March. For those who wish to avoid crowds, are looking for reasonable hotel rates, and economical flights, September to November is the ideal time to take cheap flights to Suriname. It is advised to avoid the monsoon season (May to August) since inland Suriname is extremely prone to flooding.
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