Explore Suriname and discover this exciting country

Here you will find a guide of the most recommended regions, attractions and places to visit during your stay when attending the Suriname Energy, Oil & Gas Summit Exhibition. All the information is provided by our partner SHATA - The Suriname Hospitality and Tourism Association, specially for SEOGS visitors.

Paramaribo

Paramaribo is the capital of Suriname, the area of ​​Paramaribo is 182 km2. Paramaribo is located on the right bank of the Suriname River and borders the Commewijne district in the east and the Saramacca district in the west; in the south-west, Paramaribo borders the district of Wanica. According to the last census - in 2012 - Paramaribo had 234,000 inhabitants. Paramaribo is the smallest district in terms of area, but the most populous in terms of population; about half of the Surinamese population lives in Paramaribo.

If you want to understand the Surinamese in an easy way, then Paramaribo is the place to be. You can experience the relaxed atmosphere of Suriname when you walk through the center of Paramaribo on a normal working day. You can also walk through Paramaribo on Sundays and public holidays to get to know the Surinamese. Several markets are open on Sundays. In these places you can experience the Surinamese in a unique way.

Top attractions:

  • Fort Zeelandia
  • Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • Brownsberg Nature Park
  • Neveh Shalom Jewish Synagogue
  • Centrale Markt
  • Palmentuin
  • Het Koto Museum
  • Riverside Boulevard
  • Jodensavanne
  • Paramaribo Zoo
  • Historic Inner City of Paramaribo
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Wanica

Wanica is a district located on the southwest border of Paramaribo. The district of Wanica was called 'District Suriname' until the reclassification of districts in 1983. The area of ​​the district is 442 km2 and its capital is Lelydorp. According to the last census in 2017, Wanica district had a population of 118,222.

As a district of Saramacca and Commewijne, Wanica is considered to be one of the districts where small-scale agriculture developed further. It has several unique residential areas, such as Dessa, which means "Villages" in Javanese.

In the Wanica District there is a well-known Sunday market, there are several banks, insurance companies, and various eateries and since 2020 also the Wanica hospital.

The capital of the Wanica district is Lelydorp, named after governor engineer Lely, who was brought to Suriname in 1902 to build the railway.

Top attractions:

  • Bio Farm Pikin Sranan
  • Neotropical Butterfly Park

Nickerie

The Nickerie district is one of the districts located in the northwest of Suriname. Nickerie is bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by the Corantijn River, which forms the border with Guyana. The Nickerie district has an area of ​​5353 km2. At the 2012 census, the Nickerie district consisted of 34,233 inhabitants, the largest part of which consists of Javanese and Hindustani.

The capital of the district is Nieuw-Nickerie and is the third largest city in Suriname in terms of population. It has a landing strip for airplanes and the port is also important, because sea-going ships can moor there for the transport of paddy (rice), bananas and the supply of agricultural machinery. The main means of subsistence is agriculture. Rice cultivation is especially important in this; Nickerie is the largest rice producer in Suriname and is known among Surinamese as the 'rice district' of Suriname.

The mighty Corantijn River forms the border between this district and neighboring Guyana.

In the north of the district is the Special Management Area “Bigi Pan”, a vast protected area of ​​679 square kilometers around a lagoon, which consists of swampy wetlands and mangrove forests. The area is popular with bird watchers for its great diversity of birdlife, including the scarlet ibis, flamingos and the swamp buzzard that use the area for foraging. In addition, there are other freshwater and saltwater-loving species, including the caiman and clawed crabs.

Top attractions:

  • Nickerie River
  • Bigi Pan Eco Lodge

Coronie

The district Coronie is one of the districts located in the northwest of Suriname. The surface of Coronie is 3902 km2 and is subdivided into 3 jurisdictions. These resorts are named after their capital: Welgelegen, Totness and Johanna Maria. The English-language place names in Coronie are due to the time when Suriname was under British rule.

At the census in 2012, the district had 3,391 inhabitants, which makes Coronie the smallest community in Suriname.

Coronie is situated on fertile land, which means that the main livelihood of this district is agriculture. Coronie is known for its coconut palms, its coconut oil and material processed from coconut.

Saramacca

Saramacca is a district located on the western border of the capital. The area of ​​Saramacca is 3636km2. The capital of the Saramacca district is Groningen, and other important places are Batavia and Boskamp. According to the last census in 2012, Saramacca district had 17480 inhabitants.

Saramacca is sometimes called "the vegetable and fruit shed of Suriname". The main means of subsistence is agriculture, mainly small-scale farming. Along the main road there are some rice farms and in the resort of Jarikaba bacove are widely planted for export. In addition to agriculture, oil extraction has been an important addition to income since the 1980s. Important places where oil is extracted are: Catharina Sophia, Sara Maria and Josikreek.

Top attractions:

  • Green Heritage Fund Suriname Sloth Santuary
  • Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Commewijne

Commewijne is a district located on the eastern border of Paramaribo. Commewijne and Paramaribo have been connected since 2000 via the Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge. In the past, people had to cross the road by ferry, which arrived at Meerzorg. The surface of Commewijne is 2353km2 and had at the last census -in 2012- 31420 inhabitants. 

The Resort Tamanredjo is known for its various warungs. Warung is a Javanese word for "Restaurant or Eethuis".

Commewijne is a unique place to be because with little travel time you can arrive from Paramaribo in an area where nature can be observed well. Furthermore, the different plantations have their own history and historical stories, and there are still visible remnants of Slavery on the plantations, such as buildings and machines.

Top attractions:

  • Warappa Kreek
  • Peperpot Nature Park
  • Fort New Amsterdam
  • Museum Bakkie
  • Mariënburg - former sugarcane plantation, factory and village
  • Hindustan Mosque

Marowijne

Marowijne is a district located in the northeast of the country. To the north, Marowijne is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east, it is bordered by the Marowijne River of the same name, which forms the border with French Guiana. The area of ​​this district is 4627 km2. The district is subdivided into 6 districts, of which Albina is the capital. At the 2012 census, the population of the Marowijne district was 18294 inhabitants.

The district's main livelihoods are small-scale farming and mining. In the early twentieth century, bauxite was discovered near Moengo. This resulted in a strong increase in mining, carried out by the Surinaamsche Bauxiet Maatschappij (SBM and later Suralco), which resulted in a clear increase in prosperity in Suriname.

Marowijne is a unique place to be and many people stay there for a short time to continue their journey. Moengo, as the second capital of Marowijne, annually hosts the well-known Tembé Kunst Festival, led by the international Surinamese artist Marcel Pinas.

Top attractions:

  • Galibi Nature Reserve
  • Marowijne River
  • Contemporary Art Museum Moengo

Para

The Para district was established in the year 1968 and is named after the river, which with its tributaries (creeks) largely forms the basin of the central part of the district. The area of ​​Para district is 5393 km2. At the census in 2012, the population of this district was determined at 24700 inhabitants. The district of Para is subdivided into 5 districts, of which Unexpected is the capital. The only international airport of Suriname, Johan Adolf Pengel Airport, is located in the Para district.

In the 17th century, the capital of Suriname was in the district of Para, on the so-called 'Jodensavanne'. Around 1640 the first Jews settled on Cassipora Creek. In 1832 Jodensavanne was almost completely destroyed by fire. It was already largely deserted by then; the inhabitants had moved to Paramaribo.

The district of Para is a unique place to stay with mostly touristic places such as Cola Creek, Republic, Redi Dotie, Kraka and Powakka. Cola Creek has been very popular for decades because of its magical black water, which for many reflects the magic of the Coca Cola drink.

Top attractions:

  • Colakreek Recreation Park

Brokopondo

The Brokopondo district is a district in the east of Suriname, which borders the Sipaliwini district in the east, west and south and the Para district in the north. The district has an area of ​​7364 km2 and is subdivided into 6 districts. The capital of the Brokopondo district is Brokopondo. According to the census -in 2012- Brokopondo has 15909 inhabitants; 83% of these inhabitants are descendants of the Maroons.

The large Brokopondo reservoir (formerly Blommensteinmeer) is located in this district near Afobaka. The reservoir was constructed between 1961 and 1964, to supply power to the bauxite processing industry (and in particular the energy-guzzling aluminum smelters) at Paranam. In the 21st century, gold has been discovered in the district, which has attracted many people and companies from elsewhere in Suriname but also from other parts of the world (especially Canada and Brazil).

Brokopondo is a unique place to be, because this district is one of the most important districts of Suriname. Brokopondo is surrounded by the tropical rainforest. In the district there are several tourist resorts, and mountain ranges with their waterfalls.

Top attractions:

  • Mazaroni Plateau - hiking route
  • Berg en Dal
  • Klaaskreek

Sipaliwini

The Sipaliwini district is the largest district in Suriname and is located in the south of Suriname. The Sipaliwini district is the youngest of all 10 districts of Suriname and was called “the Binnenland district” until 1983.

The district borders in the north on the districts: Marowijne, Para, Brokopondo, Coronie and Nickerie. In the south, Sipaliwini borders Brazil. The border with Brazil is formed by the watershed between the Surinamese and Brazilian rivers. The area of ​​the district is 130,567 km2. The district is subdivided into 7 districts. In 2012, there were 37065 people living in the district.

The district is sparsely populated and the inhabitants are descendants of the Maroons and Indigenous peoples. These groups have kept their traditional way of living and living in tribal groups in various villages along the Suriname River. The dense forest and low population density means that no major industrial activities take place in the district. However, gold is sought on a large scale. The pristine nature and landscape further make the district a leading ecotourism destination in Suriname. Many Indigenous and Maroon villages have tourist lodges, airstrips and other facilities that are also frequented and used by tourists.

The central part of Sipaliwini consists of the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, which was established in 1998. This reserve includes and connects the former reserves, the Raleighvallen Nature Reserve, the Table Mountain Nature Reserve and the Eilerts de Haan Mountains Nature Reserve. With an area of ​​16,000 km² and one of the largest protected tropical rainforests in the world. The reserve has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

Top attractions:

  • Central Suriname Nature Reserve
  • Voltzberg Dome
  • Saamaka Marron Museum
  • Potihill
  • Mount Kasikasima