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By No owner — last modified Oct 16, 2017 04:45 PM

 Suriname - Profile

Facts

  • Suriname is a country on the NE Atlantic coast of South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west and Brazil to the south. A member of CARICOM, it is considered to be a culturally Caribbean country.
  • Suriname is a worthwhile place to stop when en route to the Caribbean from either Europe, Africa or Brazil, as well as an alternative place to spend hurricane season.
  • Suriname’s economy is in a steep recession and prices for services have doubled in the last 2 years. That said, it is still a lot cheaper than nearby countries.
  • Suriname has a flat coast, where most of the population live. Uplands rise up from the coastal plain and contain mineral reserves, while the coast is indented with six rivers. Some of the wide rivers are navigable for a considerable distance inland. See Publications page for a very useful cruising pilot.
  • The Suriname River is the place to enter the country as both Paramaribo (the capital) and Domburg lie on this river.
  • Travel in the the country is generally trouble-free, and exploring the unspoiled interior is a major reason for visiting this friendly country.
  • This is a multi-cultural country made up of Amerindians (the only original inhabitants), Maroons, Indians, Creoles, Indonesians, Dutch, Libanese, a Jewish community, and Chinese. Dutch and Sranang-Tongo, (a mixed language of all) are mostly spoken, however English is understood everywhere.
  • Tourism is well developed in Suriname, and Domburg has become quite a haven for yachts waiting out the hurricane season. Facilities and services for yachts in Domburg have improved greatly in recent years, however since the new Government further development does not appear to be happening.

Security

Currently (August 2014) fishermen in and around the Corentyne River (which is the border between Guyana and Suriname) are being violently attacked by pirates and losing anchors and fishing gear. This area should be avoided.

Last updated August 2014.

Weather

The climate is tropical and humid, but not too hot due to the NE trade winds. Coastal temperatures are around 75-88°F (23-31°C). The rainy seasons are November to February and April to August.

Suriname Weather Forecast.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Domburg , Paramaribo *

* indicates port of entry

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Blackie
Blackie says:
Oct 05, 2017 10:00 PM

The sail across from Ascension Island to the Suriname River mouth took us 25 days – about 2652nm. Crossing in the path of the Amazon River, we were affected by cross currents, even 260nm out. Coming in closer to Suriname, there were a lot of fishing boats with nets extended all over the place and it was very difficult to pick your way though it all, especially at night, so take great care on the approaches or come around at higher latitudes and then turn South heading straight for the entry markers.

We anchored just off the river mouth to wait for a full days light. MAS (Maritime Authority Suriname) would not allow us to anchor closer in, we had to either proceed up to Domburg or wait outside, and so we waited. The current was hectic at 2am so you have to very careful as where to anchor and keep watch.

We arranged docking at Marina Resort Waterland which is about 27nm up the river. GPS – 05deg39’.503N and 055deg03’.833W (see their website www.waterlandsuriname.com and they have a facebook page). Fees were €27 + 8% tax per day with water and electricity. Very nice, relaxing place to recuperate after the long sail.

The owner, Noel, arranged a taxi for us to go into Paramaribo to check in. This took about 6 hours as we needed a visa from Immigration. Visa fee was $45 each and had to be paid at the Central Bank which was a short walk away. Everyone was friendly.

We stayed on dock for 2 weeks then moved 6.7nm back towards Domburg and went on a mooring ball at Harbour Resort Domburg GPS – 05deg42’.222N and 055deg04’.899W. Also very nice with a restaurant (River Breeze Restaurant & Bar), swimming pool, showers and small laundry machine. Fees were €8.75 for the mooring ball. Although while we were there, there was construction working in progress along the bank retaining wall so there was no floating dingy dock and difficult access to land. There was no “water supply” to your boat as part of the facilities/services and the “cooking gas service” entails hiring a car or taxi and going to town yourself.

The Tourism Foundation has a fairly comprehensive tourist destination guide and there is also the Suriname Travel magazine and a variety of smaller brochures/booklets that will assist any visitor to Suriname. These are available at the immigration visa office and Marina Resort Waterland.

SY AKKA
SY AKKA says:
Jun 02, 2017 01:56 PM

Regarding clearing out in Paramaribo, please note that you do not go to Vremdelingenspolitie, but to the Military Police on the corner of Tourtonne Laan, same police post you have been visiting when checking in.
I was told that this is the case since 2 or 3 years already.
Pleas note that sometimes you get your crew list stamped, sometimes not - we did not get a stamp.

Vremdelingenspolitie is still the point to go when you stay longer than 4 weeks and you have to get you 3 months visa re-stamped.

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