Suriname is a country in South America that shares an Atlantic coast with neighbors Guyana and French Guiana. On the landward side, Suriname is locked in by Brazil. The climate is hot and humid, with two rainy seasons in between dry spells. About 250,000 of the country’s estimated 560,000 population live in the capital city of Paramaribo. Get a car for hire in Suriname so that you can explore Paramaribo at your leisure, and visit other destinations such as the Galibi and Albina beaches, Brownsberg Nature Park and Brokopondo Reservoir, and the Raleigh Waterfalls near Fungu Island.
Paramaribo is the capital and largest city in the country. It is an interesting tourist destination located near the mouth of the Suriname River as it empties into the Atlantic. The entire city center is a historic attraction listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Get a car for rent in Suriname and head for the Presidential Palace and Palm Gardens. The 17th century Fort Zeelandia is a huge attraction along the riverfront. Do not miss a visit to the Paramaribo Zoo. The Waterkant aka Waterfront is a good place for a stroll. Religious landmarks worth a look-see include the St Peter and St Paul Cathedral, Suriname Mosque, Arya Dewaker Temple for Hindus, and the Neveh Shalom Synagogue for Jews.
Albina is less than two hours from the capital, and is located along the banks of the Maroni River which separates Suriname from French Guiana. Albina is connected by ferry to the town of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni across the river in French Guiana. It is also linked by boat to the beaches of Galibi, where endangered leatherback turtle nests can be found. Turtles from all over the world swim across entire oceans to come back to the place of their birth and lay eggs in the Galibi and Wia-Wia nature reserves in Suriname. If you time your visit properly, you can see the turtles swim ashore to nest and lay their eggs, not to mention the wonderful sight of little baby turtles waddling across the beach towards the sea for their first swim.
This is perhaps the main reason why so many visitors come to Suriname. The giant Brokopondo Reservoir is about an hour and a half from the capital. Not far from Brokopondo are the hills of the Brownsberg National Park, filled with 650 bird species, waterfalls and all sorts of interesting wildlife. Next stop is Fungu Island on the Coppename River, with the Raleighvallen (Raleigh Falls) Nature Reserve and Voltzberg Mountain nearby. Raleighvallen is filled with birds and many kinds of monkeys.
Apart from the main tourist destinations described above, you can visit peaceful rice farms and riverside towns on your own. Book your car rental in Suriname right now, and plan to visit Nieuw-Nickerie along the banks of the Nickerie River across from Guyana. Wageningen has a huge mechanized rice farm which is worth exploring.
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