Top Attractions in Paramaribo
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- Very interesting from an historical and architectural perspective. Not busy when I was here. Well worth the time to check it out. Reviewed by Miles Archer of Boca Raton, USA.Written 11 January 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited Paramaribo for several days in 2012 and were not able to access the interior of this beautiful wooden basilica from 1883. Today, we can see its 144' towers from our stay at the Downtown Oasis Hotel. It's the closest of the 11 designated by the 2002 UNESCO 'Historic Inner City of Paramaribo'. The renovation has been a success and hopefully this work extends to more of the old wooden structures nearby.
Note the large National Folk Music School just across the street.Written 29 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- we made a half day trip on the surinam river and saw a lot of delphins jumping around our boat! very nice!!Written 11 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Palmentuin is Paramaribo's main city park, and was opened as early as 1685! It has been closed also for a few centuries, but was reopened again early in the 20th century, and received a major overhaul funded by UNESCO after the city centre of Paramaribo became a World heritage Site in 2002. Today it is quite pleasant to stroll through with the very tall palm trees overhead. On the edge at the side of the van Rooseveltkade, a pleasant boulevard with some café's and shops is being developed.Written 29 February 2020
- I went with my family to this museum; we were with around 10 people. When we arrived, there was another group and luckily enough their tour was just ending so we had to wait in the back garden for 5/10 minutes. We didn’t make any reservations, so we were lucky enough to get inside because it’s a pretty small place. I’ve been with some family members to the temporary koto expedition in Amsterdam so we could make a great comparison. The tour guide knew a lot of history and was told with great enthusiasm. The tour was around 2 hours. We arrived 30 minutes before closing time and he took the time to gave us a fabulous historic cultural tour. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum. We walked to the place but it's easy to reach by car or bus. Price of this tour is definitely worth it!Written 11 January 2020
- We arrived around midday and we slept in the hammock area. We had our own hammocks but you could also rent one if you need. The area was very clean, it has two long tables, you could ask for gas for a stove, but we had our own. The showers, toilets and sinks were very clean.
We arrived by our own car, you absolutely need a 4x4 to get there, some other tourists arrived in a minibus and had to be pulled by another car.
The walking trails are very well marked and clear, the nature is awesome, the waterfalls very pretty. Is worth staying two or three days to do all the trails and increase your chances to see animals, most people report wild animals, sadly we didn’t see any mammals, but it was rainy and cloudy, so maybe that was the reason, we saw some amazing frogs.
The walks are very doable, nothing extreme. The lake at the bottom of the mountains is beautiful.
I would recommend to visit this place.
They have a restaurant and you can order food in advance, prices are correct and food is simple and good. We made the mistake to eat at the same time of a big group of tourists, their teenage children were a pain, but well, not the park’s fault!Written 25 August 2019
- The current Neveh Shalom synagogue was built around 1843, succeeding a building dating back to 1723. The Portuguese Jewish community has even been present in Suriname since 1665, settling first inland in 1665 on the Jodensavanne. The synagogue looks immaculate and can be visited only on appointment according to our guide ... we did not get to go inside during our bicycle tour. Symbolic of Suriname’s successful multiculturalism, it is perched right next to the cities most significant mosque.Written 26 February 2020
- This is a fascinating little stop if you’re visiting Suriname. It was especially interesting to me since I’m Jewish. You can walk through a gravesite of former slaves and their families and contrast it with the Jewish gravesite with stones dating back to the 1600s. It was all surprisingly well labeled and very informative with plaques written in English and Dutch. It takes about a half hour to see it all, and then you can go down the road 7 minutes for a gorgeous swim in Blaka Watre.Written 6 December 2020
- The Waterkant is the slightly seedy/run down river boulevard of Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname. This is actually part of the historical city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site! There are several quite characterful restaurants directly on the waterside. E'tembe for instance still serves various types of bush meat including Alligator and even Capibara ....Written 22 March 2020
- This market is a must-see to experience the life of the locals. All manner of goods and other goods are offered for sale here. I don't speak the native language, but I was able to communicate with an occasional vendor who spoke some English. Reviewed by Miles Archer of Boca Raton, USA.Written 11 January 2023
- The historic inner city of Paramaribo is full of wooden colonial houses in various stages of neglect and dilapidation. Beautiful in its decay. Hopefully through private and some government funding it will be possible to retain these 291 official monuments. The oldest of all, the actual stone Fort Zeelandia, is in slightly better shape since it is also the official museum of Suriname - actually quite a nicely curated museum, worth a visit! The historic city became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2002 also because the original 17th century streetplan is still largely retained. There are no highrises in Paramaribo whatsoever!Written 21 February 2020
- The big mosque in Paramaribo is the headquarters of the Surinam Islamic Society. The current mosque was built in 1984, the first one at this location in 1929. It looks in itself attractive (especially at night) but fits less well in the city architecture than the Synagogue - which is right next door! A symbol of the fairly successful Surinam multicultural society.Written 4 March 2020
- The young nation celebrates its independence (since 1975) around the Independence square, surrounded by repurposed colonial buildings and enhanced by two statues of early enlightened leaders ... Pengel and Lachmon. The president and the first lady both have a palace here. This is all part of the gradually decaying historical centre of Paramaribo, a UNESCO world heritage site ... hopefully it will be possible to retain some of its splendor for future generations.Written 25 February 2020
- The Palace is an attractive colonial building perched on the spacious Independence Square. Formerly the residence of the Dutch governor of Suriname, it is now the work address of the president. Hopefully the young country will be able to retain and maintain these historical buildings, designated also as a UNESCO world heritage site.Written 1 March 2020
- This beautiful temple in the caribbean brings a little bit of India with it. It is worth seeing. There is a school and an orphanage located near the temple.Written 22 June 2015
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- The best day trips from Paramaribo according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Full-Day Guided Commewijne Plantation Tour by Car
- Saramacca and Coronie Full-Day Tour with Lunch
- Jodensavanna Cultural Tour with Lunch on Overbridge
- Neotropical Butterfly Park and Colakreek Full-Day Tour
- Peperpot Bicycle Tour
Paramaribo Attractions Information
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