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Paramaribo Travel Guide: 89 reviews and 209 photos

Paramaribo, the capital of Surinam and its largest city, is known as the wooden city of the Caribbean. Some of the buildings were destroyed by fires in 1821 and 1832, but many white-painted colonial buildings remain. The inner city has been placed on the UNESCO “World Heritage” list of historical monuments since 2002, and the buildings are slowly being restored to their former glory. Around 250,000 people live in Paramaribo, which is located on the Surinam River, ca 10m inland from the Atlantic Ocean. In 1630 the area was settled by the British and became the capital of the British colony in 1650. In 1667 it was ceded to Dutch colonial rule. The current inhabitants and mainly of Asian, African, indigenous or Dutch descent. The name Paramaribo is derived from 'Paramurubo,' the name of an old Arrawak village, which means 'city of parwa blossoms.

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  • Pros:Beautiful architecture, very clean and comfortable
  • Cons:The heat and humidity
  • In a nutshell:The wonderful wooden city of the Caribbean
  • Last visit to Paramaribo: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Beautiful page and pictures. I see I would like this place. I really need to research Suriname more, as from my comments, you can tell IDK much about it.

  • Oct 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    How much is it for an hour rent !!!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 8:28 AM

    I love the way you included all the different churches. Yes, this is a great architectual page. Some wonderful restuarant tips. Boy, do you travel!

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2005 at 3:13 AM

    An other great and interesting page

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2005 at 10:44 PM

    Excellent page. The thin dark green beans are called 'kouseband' (garter beans) for obvious reasons!

  • cazz38's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2005 at 4:49 AM

    Another lovely page Grete,beautiful buildings.

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2004 at 6:33 AM

    Last year I went to that other Dutch ex-colony : Batavia. But it is completely different , indeed great architecture and of course great writing. :-)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2004 at 8:06 PM

    Surinam always intrigued and interested me, exotic and far away place and Paramaribo just rolls of the tongue like a sweet/sour meal...or fruit. Madam Duplessis, what a p(b)itch she was!! superbpage Grete

  • lvdpiet's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2004 at 1:34 PM

    I'll never been to P. myself and I am Dutch! Envy! Very nicely done this page!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2004 at 10:44 AM

    All the way to Paramaribo to eat Korean food!! hahaha Miss Duplessis seems like quite a character! Can you say Onafhankelijksplein 3 times fast?BTW..watch your head on the boats!! Wonderful!!!


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