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  • Guyana is located in northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela.
  • The Guyana coast is characterised by shallow and muddy waters; low coastal plain; savannah in the south and mostly rolling highlands inland.
  • The population of 740,685 is concentrated in and around Georgetown, with other concentrations along the Berbice River to the east; the remainder of the country is sparsely populated.
  • Languages spoken include English (official), Guyanese Creole, Amerindian languages (including Caribbean and Arawak languages), Indian languages (including Caribbean Hindustani, a dialect of Hindi) and Chinese.
  • Currency is the Guyanese dollar. For specifics see General info.
  • The time zone in Guyana is (GMT-4). For specifics see General info.
  • It has a tropical climate; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds with two rainy seasons (May to August & November to January). It is outside the hurricane belt, which makes it popular with a growing number of cruisers.
  • A river system through the interior takes you right into the heart of the Amazon rain forest.
  • Guyana uses the IALA-B (red right returning) buoyage system.
  • See Yachting Essentials for more.

 

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  1. March 15, 2023 at 1:43 PM
    gilescfmiddletongmail-com says:

    We cleared in and out at Bartica, all very nice and easy. Great anchorages on the river, and we anchored off the charming Hurakabra resort where for usd10/day we could use showers, drop off garbage. Food delicious and staff very friendly. Raj, the new owner, was not there but very helpful on whatsapp and keen to attract yacht visits.

  2. December 30, 2019 at 5:23 PM
    ceriseii says:

    Checking in fees: these have increased a lot.
    Current fees are GUY$10000 to clear in (approx 50 USD) and the same again to clear out. (Large increase from the GUY$2500 we were expecting although apparently this has been in place for a few years). The figure was confirmed by another boat.
    It is possible to get your passport stamped at Parika but not to clear your boat in. There isn’t currently a customs officer based there.
    It should still be possible to stop there get passport stamped, pick up supplies then carry on to Bartica to clear the boat in. Food is cheaper in Parika than Bartica.
    We cleared in in Molson Creek on the boarder with Suriname. This was fine but they are not used to dealing with yachts.