Suriname

Suriname

Etymology

This area was occupied by various cultures of indigenous peoples long before European contact, remnants of which can be found in petroglyph sites at Werehpai and other places in Suriname. The name Suriname may derive from a Taino (Arawak-speaking) indigenous people called Surinen, who inhabited the area at the time of European contact. British settlers, who founded the first European colony at Marshall’s Creek[10] along the Suriname River, spelled the name as “Surinam”. When the territory was taken over by the Dutch, it became part of a group of colonies known as Dutch Guiana. The official spelling of the country’s English name was changed from “Surinam” to “Suriname” in January 1978, but “Surinam” can still be found in English. A notable example is Suriname’s national airline, Surinam Airways. The older English name is reflected in the English pronunciation, /ˈsʊrᵻnæm/ or /ˈsʊrᵻnɑːm/. In Dutch, the official language of Suriname, the pronunciation is [ˌsyriˈnaːmə], with the main stress on the third syllable and a schwa terminal vowel. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Club Caribbean Suriname – Club night with the best music in all genres: Inside Area: (80’s, 90’s, 00’s); Terrace Area: 2016 Uptodate music. for music minded Suriname! [facebook]

D’Bar – Bar in Paramaribo, Suriname. [facebook]

Las Tias Suriname – Latin Fusion Cuisine. [facebook]

Night Fever Club – Night Fever Club is part of Su Dong Ressort. Night Fever Club creates a great atmosphere to entertain people. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Mingles 2 – Mingle2.com is a 100% Suriname Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Suriname men and Suriname women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle 2]

Suriname Dating – Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in Suriname? Are you tired of the Suriname bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic Suriname restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, Suriname local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results?? [suriname dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Cardy Adventures – Visit on a day trip or longer, a ridge part of pristine Tropical Rain forest on a mountain top in Suriname with stunning view over the lake, not far inland. [cardy adventures]

Dive Discovery – Awarradam is located on a small island in the Gran Rio river deep in the heart of Suriname. To get there we fly to the remote and isolated Saramaccan village of Kajana then proceed by boat up the Gran Rio river to Awarradam island. This area is inhabited by the storied Maroon tribes who escaped Dutch slavery more than three hundred years ago by retreating into Suriname’s forbidding interior. [dive discovery]

TIP-Suriname – Suriname Jewish Heritage tours. [tip-suriname]

Vent Bird – Top-notch birding in an exotic, off-the-beaten-track destination. A throwback to an era of adventure travel, tiny Suriname offers birders and naturalists some of the best and easiest lowland rainforest birding in South America. [vent bird]

Waterproof Suriname – The ultimate way to explore a historical city like Paramaribo, is with a guide who tells you all about the architecture and interesting back ground stories. Whether you choose to do this by bike, walk or bus, after this eye opening trip you’ll see Paramaribo from a new and different perspective. [waterproof suriname]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Around Paramaribo – Just outside of the city you’ll find a phenomenal savannah white-sand forest, a jungle full of wildlife, and cold streams where the clean water runs black thanks to the fallen leaves. If you’re interested in a sloth sighting, this is the place. You can also see saki monkeys, giant anteaters, tamarins, and a large number of exotic birds. [the crazy tourist]

Arya Dewaker – This Hindu temple is the largest in Suriname and is located in Paramaribo. It’s arguably the most important in the country to the 30,000+ Hindu’s who live there. Designed by a Dutch architect, the building is a two-story octagonal building with meeting rooms, a library, and ceremony room. Everything in the temple is designed to reflect aspects of the sun and though there are no images of deities, you’ll find plenty of Sanskrit and Hindi symbolism. [the crazy tourist]

Brownsberg Nature Park – Roughly 80 miles from Paramaribo you’ll find the Brownsberg Nature Park. It’s 500 metres above sea level and was established in 1969. It’s mostly neotropical rainforest and is home to hundreds of unique and rare plant and animal species. [the crazy tourist]

Central Market – As far as markets go, this one is fairly intense. This frenzied area in the inner city sells fish, meats, vegetables, and fruits, just like any other market and upstairs you’ll find a clothes bazaar. But this market also has a “Witches Market.” Also known as the Maroon Market, there is a separate entrance on Waterkant. Here you can buy shells, bones, herbs, and various mystery concoctions. [the crazy tourist]

Central Suriname Nature Reserve – The largest of Suriname’s nature reserves, Central Suriname covers about 12% of the country’s total land mass and 40% of the plants and animals here are to be found only in the Guianas. One of the most beautiful attractions in the reserve is Raleighvallen, Raleigh Falls. It’s a long and low staircase of water that cascades down from the Coppename River. [the crazy tourist]

Commewijne River – All along the Commewijne River, you’ll find old plantation properties as well as cacao, coffee, and sugar cane facilities. A tourist favourite is to rent a bike for the day and cycle the well-maintained routes around the plantations. Though, the most popular route to cross the river from Paramribo is by water taxi. [the crazy tourist]

Galibi Coppename Nature Reserve – This lovely nature reserve was established in 1969 and is situated at the mouth of the Coppename River. It’s a haven for birdwatchers, home to the endangered manatee, and attracts hundreds of turtles during laying season (April to August). STINASU, The Foundation for Nature Conservation in Suriname, organizes several tours to and through the reserve. [the crazy tourist]

Joden Savanne – Just south of Paramaribo, on the Suriname River, is Joden Savanne, or Jews’ savannah. Established in the 17th century, it was originally an agricultural community that was developed by Spanish Jews fleeing persecution. Sugarcane plantations were the main crop and slaves were used here for a long time. From the beginning, the community faced difficulties from nearby sugar beet plantations They also dealt with disease, revolts by indigenous people, and heavy taxation. [the crazy tourist]

Mariënburg – Founded in the 18th century as a sugar cane plantation, Mariënburg now has a production factory on site and is primarily a tourist attraction. The first railroad in Suriname was built to bring the sugarcane from the village into the city and you can still travel by train to get there. [the crazy tourist]

Nieuw Nickerie – This busy border town was once one of the country’s main balata collecting centres. These days the port remains active and the economy is served by the banana and rice plantations here. If you’re hoping to explore Bigi Pan, a swamp and reservoir with over 100 bird varieties, Nieuw Nickerie is the last stop before Guyana. [the crazy tourist]

Onafhankelijkheidsplein – Also known as Independence Square, Onafhankelijkheidsplein, is home to some of the most important buildings in Suriname: the colonial government buildings as well at the stately presidential palace. In many ways, it’s an average square which is perfect for an afternoon nap or a picnic lunch, you also might be lucky enough to stumble upon a signing bird competition. [the crazy tourist]

Paramaribo – If you could combine the American Wild West with Amsterdam, you’d get Paramaribo. A high energy city filled with things to see and do, it’s the most incredible capital in the Guianas. Roam around the inner city. [the crazy tourist]

Presidential Palace of Suriname and the Garden of Palms – Located in the capital across from Independence Square, the presidential palace is one of the best examples of Dutch colonial architecture in Suriname. Part of the inner city’s UNESCO World Heritage designation, it was built in the 18th century, and is still the presidents home. Most commonly used for diplomatic events thanks to the Garden of Palms attached to the property. [the crazy tourist]

St Peter and St Paul Cathedral – Another part of Para’s UNESCO World Heritage site is the Roman Catholic St Peter and St Paul Cathedral. It’s the largest wooden building in the Western Hemisphere and was built in the 19th century. The exterior of the cathedral has long intrigued visitors. [the crazy tourist]

Suriname Mosque and Neveh Shalom Synagogue – The largest Mosque in the Caribbean is Mosque Keizerstraat, located in Paramaribo. It is a beautiful building with stunning gardens around it. No machinery was used during construction and thus it took 20 years to complete. Not only is it an impressive place of worship it’s unique because of its next door neighbour, the Nevah Shalom Synagogue. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Brazilian Carnival – Starting off the festival year in February is the Brazilian Carnival. While the tradition of Carnival is not one brought about by the people of Suriname, it has come to be an annual event. This is greatly due to the large Brazilian population that has migrated to Suriname but is intent on keeping its own culture alive. The festival is similar to the one which takes place in Brazil around the same time, only smaller in scale. Travelers can expect parades in the streets, great displays of Brazilian music and dance, and many food stalls serving delicious treats. [iexplore]

Fete de la Musique – Celebrated by French-speaking countries around the globe, Fête de la Musique or World Music Day, is held every year on June 21st. Started in France in 1982, the festival’s main purpose is to celebrate what organizers call ‘the magical gift of music’. Free concerts are organized around the capital city, boasting music from a range of different genres. The festival is also characterized by impromptu street performances by both professional and amateur artists, something that can be really entertaining for festival-goers. [iexplore]

International Film Festival – Held annually in April in the capital city, the International Film Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Organized by the Black Lot Foundation, the festival brings together film makers from around the world, showcasing over 40 films from more than 12 different countries. While the screenings are the main event, there are also several workshops and even competitions for children to keep everyone entertained. [iexplore]

National Art Exhibition – The National Art Exhibition in Paramaribo highlights the amazing talents of local artists who slip under the cultural radar for most of the year. Held at the end of October in galleries and showrooms around the city, the festival focuses mainly on the work of visual artists in the country. More than simply exhibitions, however, there are also several art workshops and interactive discussions with the artists themselves. [iexplore]

Pagara Estafette – Rounding off the festival calendar each year is perhaps the most popular festival of all. Held on December 31, Pagara Estafette is basically a massive street party waving goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new one. This is no ordinary New Year’s Eve bash, however, as festivities generally start at 10:00 a.m. and last until the new day has dawned. The festival is characterized by amazing firework displays and live concerts. Of all the events in Suriname, this one should definitely not be missed. [iexplore]

Suriname Jazz Festival – Lovers of jazz definitely need to be in the country during October when the annual Suriname Jazz Festival takes place. Bringing together renowned jazz musicians from Suriname and abroad, the festival is a feast of the genre. Different kinds of Jazz can be enjoyed including American, African and Asian interpretations. This festival is usually a hit with all who attend and is well worth sticking around for. [iexplore]

Swimming Marathon – July marks the arrival of the annual Staatsolie Swim marathon, an 11-mile open water, long distance race down the great Suriname River. The race starts in Domburg and ends in Paramaribo. The race draws together competitors from both Suriname and the international community and, after so many years, has become quite competitive. Not only is this a challenging marathon, but it is also one of the most beautiful as competitors swim alongside a gorgeous rainforest. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – It is possible to rent vehicles in Suriname as most of the international companies are present including Avis, Budget and Hertz, but this service does tend to be quite expensive. Vehicles can be rented from the airport or from company offices and travel agents in city centers. The road network in the country is reasonable although the quality does tend to deteriorate when you travel further away from the urban areas. It is advised that travelers intending to do independent driving should hire four-wheel drives. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – There are no train services operating anywhere in the country at this time, leaving local buses as the best way to travel between cities and regions in the country. Local buses are the cheapest and most popular mode of transportation in the Suriname. Most of the buses are medium-sized but are referred to as “jumbos” which is quite ironic. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

N.V. Profession Electronics & Security Systems – We specialize in installing spikes intrusion and security cameras. We do wholesale in camera and alarm products. [facebook]

Young Professionals Network Suriname – Young Professionals Network in Suriname. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Suriname – Suriname owes its multi-ethnic, diverse and colorful heritage to the past acquaintances (and colonization, namely the Dutch). Part of the Amazon, this tropical gem in South America is proudly promoting eco-tourism that not only brings in peoples from the world over but also bring awareness to the current situation of the forests in this part of the continent. Expats will definitely huddle in the capital Paramaribo, but will eventually be drawn to the sights and sounds of the Surinamese forests. Before you pack your hiking gear, here’s a bit of info for your trip. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in Suriname – Goededag and a very warm welcome to our expat community in Suriname! If you’re thinking of moving abroad, then look no further than InterNations. Taking that leap and settling in another country can be difficult at times, but with the expat community in Suriname you will always have people to turn to. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBT Platform Suriname – Non-Profit Organization in Paramaribo, Suriname. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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