17 Best Suriname Attractions


The for­mer Dutch colony, and now the inde­pen­dent Repub­lic of Suri­name, attracts tourists with end­less beach­es and lush trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion, which is home to a col­or­ful fau­na. How­ev­er, the sights of Suri­name are not lim­it­ed to nat­ur­al beau­ties.


Who and why should go to Suriname

The fusion of Euro­pean and South Amer­i­can archi­tec­ture will impress those who are inspired by the beau­ty frozen in stone. Church­es and tem­ples have a spe­cial ener­gy, close to peo­ple with a spe­cial phi­los­o­phy of world­view. More­over, Chris­t­ian, Mus­lim and Hin­du reli­gious build­ings peace­ful­ly coex­ist here.

Those who are inter­est­ed in dis­tant his­to­ry will be enchant­ed by the ancient forts and ancient set­tle­ments of Suri­name.

Religious sites

Keizerstraat Mosque

mechet kaiserstan

An ele­gant white build­ing with four minarets appeared in Para­mari­bo in 1984 on the site of an old mosque that no longer accom­mo­dat­ed parish­ioners. The facade of the mod­ern build­ing is dec­o­rat­ed with skill­ful carv­ings and suras from the Koran, writ­ten in large Ara­bic script. Twin columns and a small patio are an ele­gant colo­nial addi­tion to Mus­lim archi­tec­tur­al tra­di­tions.

Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul

cathedral cathedral

This Catholic church was built in 1885 from iron­wood, which was then sheathed with cedar to give the façade a neat appear­ance. In those days, there were no brick fac­to­ries in the coun­try, but trop­i­cal forests pro­vid­ed an unlim­it­ed amount of build­ing mate­r­i­al.

The peo­ple of Para­mari­bo took advan­tage of this gen­er­ous offer and built the largest wood­en tem­ple in South Amer­i­ca. Two side tow­ers, each 44 m high, final­ly con­firmed the sta­tus of the cathe­dral as the largest on the main­land.

The inte­ri­or dec­o­ra­tion is impres­sive. Cap­i­tals and columns of red-brown cedar are cov­ered with fil­i­gree carv­ings. The high ceil­ing with mas­sive chan­de­liers seems to rush up to God. The cathe­dral has a func­tion­ing organ.

Arya Dewaker

aria devaker

The Hin­du tem­ple in the cen­ter of Para­mari­bo attracts atten­tion with its unusu­al archi­tec­ture. The two-sto­ry octag­o­nal build­ing with a ter­ra­cot­ta roof can be seen from afar — its white facade shines in the rays of the trop­i­cal sun. Cre­at­ing the appear­ance of the tem­ple, the archi­tect Arthur de Groot was inspired by the reli­gious build­ings of the Great Mughals. The wor­shipers of this mandir wor­ship fire.

On the first floor of the tem­ple there is a library and rooms for var­i­ous pur­pos­es, on the sec­ond floor cer­e­monies are held. In the cen­ter of the hall there is a hearth with a flame, around which there are wood­en bench­es. There are Hin­du inscrip­tions on the walls.

Natural attractions and parks

Brokopondo Reservoir


This is one of the largest reser­voirs not only in South Amer­i­ca, but also in the world. It occu­pies an area of ​​about 1600 sq. km, and the spill­way area exceeds 12 thou­sand km2. Tourists are invit­ed to take a walk on boats and boats along the trees and small islands flood­ed in the water. Anoth­er avail­able enter­tain­ment is fish­ing.



Browns­burg Nation­al Park cov­ers an area of ​​about 12,000 hectares. Its ter­ri­to­ry is trop­i­cal forests, which are inhab­it­ed by ani­mals and birds typ­i­cal of this South Amer­i­can region.

The reserve offers sev­er­al hik­ing trails of vary­ing dif­fi­cul­ty lev­els. The longest of them pass­es through the canyon. Along the way, you can not only admire the nat­ur­al beau­ties, but also swim in one of the water­falls. The high­light of the easy trails is a vis­it to an Indi­an vil­lage, where the locals will be hap­py to show guests their way of life.

Those who want to spend a few days in Browns­burg are invit­ed to stay at the estate, the entourage of which refers to colo­nial times.

Marie Blanche waterfall

vodopad mari

Locat­ed about 300 km from the cap­i­tal of Suri­name, this majes­tic water­fall is in the guide­book of every tourist. Its length is about 100 m. The seething streams fall down, form­ing a deep foamy lake. The area adja­cent to the water­fall is famous for its rich fau­na: about 10 species of mon­keys and about 200 species of birds live in this part of the rain­for­est.



The Gal­i­bi Reserve stretch­es along the banks of the Marow­i­jne Riv­er in the north­east­ern part of the coun­try. It has become home to thou­sands of tur­tles who have cho­sen its ter­ri­to­ry for breed­ing. It is here that Rid­ley and Byss tur­tles come from all over the west­ern Atlantic to lay their eggs. In addi­tion to amphib­ians, pri­mates and birds live in the park. Pris­tine man­grove forests, swamps, thick jun­gles and shal­low lagoons define the land­scape of Ghal­i­bi.

White Beach on the Suriname River

beli pliag

There are many beach­es in Suri­name, but not all of them can boast of a devel­oped infra­struc­ture. The bot­tom relief, as well as ocean cur­rents, form waves that will appeal to surfers more than lazy swim­mers. For this rea­son, local author­i­ties decid­ed to devel­op riv­er tourism.

This is how a beach with white sand, about 500 m long, appeared on the Surin Riv­er. There are umbrel­las and sun loungers along the coast­line, cafes, bars and restau­rants work. Met­al nets are installed in the water. They form a reli­able bar­ri­er to croc­o­diles and pira­nhas, so swim­ming on the beach is absolute­ly safe.

Mount Kasikashima

gora kasikasima

Want to get a bird’s eye view of the trop­i­cal jun­gle? To do this, you need to climb the 700-meter moun­tain Kasikasi­ma. From here you have a view of the end­less green forests, dis­solv­ing into the blue of the sky.

There are sev­er­al climb­ing routes of vary­ing dif­fi­cul­ty — for climbers and ordi­nary trav­el­ers. Dur­ing the walk you can get acquaint­ed with the rich flo­ra and fau­na of Kasikasi­ma.

Historical sights and museums

Fort Zeeland

Fort Selandia

The fortress was built by the British in the 17th cen­tu­ry. But when Suri­name came under the influ­ence of the Nether­lands, the fort was par­tial­ly dis­man­tled in order to use its mas­sive stones to build the for­ti­fi­ca­tion of Nieuw-Ams­ter­dam. So Zee­land turned into a bar­racks.

In 1967, the author­i­ties con­vert­ed the fort into a his­tor­i­cal muse­um. After the coup, the fortress became a prison where polit­i­cal pris­on­ers who opposed the Desi Bouterse regime were kept. Today, the fortress has once again regained the sta­tus of a mil­i­tary his­to­ry muse­um.



A sug­ar cane plan­ta­tion with an adjoin­ing estate appeared in the 18th cen­tu­ry. When the indus­try went into decline, the pro­duc­tion shops stopped for­ev­er. Today, Marien­burg is a tourist attrac­tion, reached by the coun­try’s first rail­way. Yes, trains still run on it, and it will cer­tain­ly be inter­est­ing to ride on a nar­row gauge rail­way.

jewish savannah

evreiska savanna

In the XVI cen­tu­ry. Spain began the per­se­cu­tion of the Jews. Flee­ing from the Inqui­si­tion, many fam­i­lies sailed with mer­chant ships to Suri­name. There, south of Para­mari­bo, one of the first Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties in South Amer­i­ca appeared. At the begin­ning of the 19th cen­tu­ry, there was a dev­as­tat­ing fire here, and peo­ple were again forced to leave hous­es that could not be restored. Today, only a ceme­tery and the ruins of syn­a­gogues remain on the site of the set­tle­ment.

Fort Nieuw-Amsterdam

fort neiv amsterdam

At 11 km from Para­mari­bo, at the con­flu­ence of the Suri­name and Com­mewi­jn rivers, the fort of Nieuw-Ams­ter­dam ris­es, guard­ing the peace of the town of the same name. The pen­tag­o­nal fortress was built in the 18th cen­tu­ry, hav­ing invest­ed 1 bil­lion guilders in it — a fab­u­lous amount at that time.

The for­ti­fi­ca­tion was sup­posed to pre­vent the pas­sage of pirates and ene­my ships from the Atlantic Ocean inland. But because of the trop­i­cal rain forests and prox­im­i­ty to salt water, the walls began to col­lapse, and the gun­pow­der quick­ly damp­ened, mak­ing defense impos­si­ble. The fortress fell into dis­re­pair and began to be used as a prison.

Dur­ing World War II, the Amer­i­cans, who mined baux­ite ore in the moun­tains of Suri­name, installed defen­sive can­nons on the ter­ri­to­ry of the fort. To this day, they adorn Nieuw-Ams­ter­dam, which has turned into an open-air muse­um.

Roma Museum

musei roma

SAB is the largest alco­hol pro­duc­er in Suri­name. The main place in the prod­uct line is occu­pied by Black Cat rum, which is served in all bars and restau­rants of the coun­try. Tourists are invit­ed to the muse­um of the SAB com­pa­ny to get acquaint­ed with the intox­i­cat­ing assort­ment.

Most of the expo­si­tion is ded­i­cat­ed to the famous rum. These are bot­tles of var­i­ous shapes, adver­tis­ing posters, pho­tographs and inter­est­ing doc­u­ments. The tour ends in the tast­ing room. Drinks you like can be pur­chased at the muse­um shop.

Interesting places

Historic center of Paramaribo

istor center

The archi­tec­ture of the cap­i­tal of Suri­name is a mix of Dutch clas­sics and South Amer­i­can fla­vor. You can enjoy its unique style in the old part of Para­mari­bo. Three-sto­ry white build­ings, neat bal­conies and wood­en veran­das seem to take the trav­el­er back to bygone times. Walk­ing through the qui­et streets promis­es to be pleas­ant, and the pho­tos are breath­tak­ing.

Paramaribo Central Market


The best way to feel the local fla­vor and gain new expe­ri­ences is to go to the bazaar. Para­mari­bo’s main mar­ket fea­tures a rich vari­ety of local fruits, veg­eta­bles, fish and seafood.

Ready-made meals are also sold here — by the way, a real test for hard­ened stom­achs. The most inter­est­ing thing is that trade is car­ried out not only from sta­tion­ary trays on the ground, but also from boats scur­ry­ing along the riv­er.

government building

pravitelno surrender

The res­i­dence of the Pres­i­dent of Suri­name is a vivid exam­ple of the clas­sic Dutch style. The wood­en white build­ing on Inde­pen­dence Square attracts atten­tion with its ele­gant columns and tall win­dows. Straight lines and clear forms look strict­ly. The only dec­o­ra­tion is the coat of arms of the coun­try on the ped­i­ment.

The orig­i­nal build­ing of the 17th cen­tu­ry was rebuilt sev­er­al times, the last glob­al recon­struc­tion took place more than 100 years ago. Of course, you won’t be able to get inside, but you can take a walk near the res­i­dence and at the same time inspect the adja­cent build­ings of the Con­gress, the Min­istry of Finance, the Court and the Nation­al Assem­bly.


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