As most of you guys know, your girl was born, lives and mainly works in The Netherlands but my roots are from Surinam, South America. That’s where both of my parents are from with my mother being born in Moengo and my father is from Coronie. Most of my other family members have remigrated back to Surinam when I was about 15 years old. And while I’ve traveled back and forth since then to see them, I’ve still missed them a lot. Therefore you know this time I had to make it worth a while, so I took it upon myself to not just spend time with my family but also do a lot of activities together. I personally never knew Surinam had so many attractions going on! So with that been said, I took it upon myself to give Surinam some shameless promo and listed the top 5 things to do while visiting. You ready!?
White beaches are not very typical in Surinam, but when someone had a sandy beach built along the Suriname River in 2004, it turned out to be a great success. Within a few years, White Beach has become a popular tourist destination in Surinam. And that is not for nothing! On the stretched sandy beach along the Surinam River you will find Caribbean huts and large palm trees. Suddenly you get the feeling that you are not in South America, but somewhere on a Caribbean island. The only thing that gives it away is the color of the water along the beach: not sea blue, but tropical brown. The color of the water does not, of course, detract from the swimming pleasure! And let’s not forget about the magnificent view of the Surinamese rainforest on the other side of the river.
Sunset Dolphin Tour
The favorite of almost every visitor to Surinam! Spotting dolphins (yes! Surinam has loads of dolphins) in the area where the Surinam and Commewijne Rivers merge. We enjoyed this relaxing 3-4 hour boat ride and the breathtaking sunset while savouring local snacks served by plantation inhabitants. This boat trip in a traditional Surinamese tent-boat provides the ultimate opportunity to relax and become re-energized.
The ‘canopy’ is the highest part or the canopy of the forest. Already floating on a cable car system of high elevated cables and platforms, you tear through the treetops and feel like the king or queen of the jungle haha…literally. Swing from tree to tree and enjoy the feeling of freedom and a view like no other. BERGENDAL Resort brings this unique adventure to life for you in an experience of one to one and a half hours. Do not be afraid though. The tour starts with a test cable where you get all the instructions and are made very enthusiastic for real swinging.
The Palm Garden
Right in the center of Paramaribo, behind the presidential palace, is a stately and old park: the Palm Garden. Under the high royal palms you will find plenty of shade and you can walk. After the era of the plantations, the Palm Garden was opened to everyone. And although the park is now a bit outdated, a visit to it is still recommended. You will find, next to giant palms, some nice benches and figurines and there’s even a playground.
Brownberg Nature Park
Brownsberg (Browns mountain) Nature Park is a nature reserve that is located in the Brokopondo district of Surinam. The area is situated on a hill with a 515 meter high summit and is rich in flora and fauna. Like large parts of Surinam, this area is also covered with the tropical rainforest that is part of the Amazon rainforest, the largest rainforest on earth. Several hiking trails have been set out to beautiful places on and around the mountain: Ireneval, Leoval, Mazaronival, Koemboeval and Witikreek. The routes are physically challenging might I add, but the results are oh so worth it! So, don’t let this discourage you, but be well prepared! You get the reward in the form of beautiful waterfalls under which you can stand to cool off.