Tourism in Suriname, 10 Reasons to Visit Suriname. Suriname is the smallest independent country on the South American continent. Suriname’s main tourist attractions are its wide natural areas and the diversity of its flora and fauna. Amazon rainforests cover most of Suriname’s surface and host thousands of birds, reptiles, monkeys and even jaguars.
In 2017, Suriname visited 207,000 tourists. Here are 10 reasons to visit Suriname, South America’s small country.
1. Coronie District
Coronie is a wonderful harbor town, located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the north of the country. When you go to this town, you will first see eye-catching rice fields. These fields on the shore side add a distinctive color to the city. When you’re here, do not come back to taste the coconut. You also have to discover other natural beauties in the city.
Located 15 km from the Atlantic Ocean and on the banks of the Surinam River, Paramaribo is the capital and largest city of the country. The city is geographically resembling the American Wild West. The city is reminiscent of Amsterdam as its historical monuments. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage List to see great tourist attractions.
3. Arya Dewaker
Arya Dewaker, the capital and largest city in the country, is the largest Hindu temple of the country opened on February 11, 2001. It is a very important religious structure for about 30 thousand people living in the country.
4. Joden Savanne
Jodensavanne is located 50 km south of the capital, Paramaribo, on the Surinam River. Founded in the 17th century, this region is an autonomous Jewish region. You can come here and listen to the story of this region and visit the natural beauty of the region. When you arrive here, visit the remains of the first synagogue in the area and the old graves.
5. Nieuw Nickerie
Nieuw Nickerie, located on the north-western border of the Guyana, is the third largest city in the country with a population of about 13 thousand. When you come here, banana and rice fields welcome you first. Nieuw Nickerie, a great harbor town, has a very different renaissance with these fields. There is also a national park here. You can go to this park and watch birds, or you will have the chance to see many local creatures soon.
6. Commewijne River
Ülkenin kuzeyinde yer alan Commewijne River, Yaklaşık 30 km uzunluğunda olup 6,600 kilometre karelik bir nehir havzasına sahiptir. Buraya teknelerle çıkıp şehrin harika manzarasını gözlemleyebilir. Ya da nehir çevresinde kurulan tesislerle bir şeyler yeyip içebilirsiniz.
Onafhankelijkheidsplein, or the so-called Independence Square, located in Paramaribo, the capital and largest city of the country, is an important place for the country. The pulse of the capital is here. There are many historic buildings on the square. Apart from that, restaurant, hotel and night entertainment are also on this square. When you come to the country, this must be your first travel route.
8. Brownsberg Nature Park
Founded in 1969, Brownsberg Nature Park is located about 128 km from the capital city of Paramaribo. Located at an altitude of about 500 meters at sea level, this park has a large number of animals and plant species.
9. Galibi Nature Reserve
The Galibi Nature Reserve, located at the mouth of the Coppename River, was established in 1969. There are many animal species here. Come here for 3 things. First of all, to see the wonderful nature and breathtaking scenery, the second is bird watching and finally to visit the turtles here. Especially during the spawning period between April and August you can visit here.
10. Mosque Keizerstraat and Neveh Shalom Synagogue
Mosque Keizerstraat and Neveh Shalom Synagogue in Paramaribo, the capital and largest city of the country, are two important religious buildings that must be visited. It is the largest mosque in the Caribbean and has been in construction for about 20 years. Neveh Shalom Synagogue, located next to the mosque, was built in 1723. This structure has become an important symbol of the Hebrews for 40 years.