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Paramaribo

Typical Surinam houses, Paramaribo

Practical Info about Paramaribo

Getting around the city

Public transport in Paramaribo is not extensive. Buses and taxis are available, and car hire companies are present in the city. Most of the main attractions in Paramaribo can easily be explored on foot, while hiring a bicycle is a pleasant way of exploring the city. Buses are privately operated and travel along set routes, but don't have pre-determined schedules; buses will often only leave the station once they are full. Taxis are reasonably priced but unmetered, so it's best to negotiate a fare before getting in. Water taxis also ply their trade across the Suriname River to the Commewijne district. Driving in Suriname follows the British system, so cars drive on the left side of the road. There are a number of car hire companies at the airport and in the city. Rental cars are expensive and not always in the best condition. There are few good roads outside of Paramaribo, so travelling outside of the city will most likely require a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Time

Local time is GMT -3 hours.

Electricity

Electrical current is 127 volts, 60Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The official currency is the Surinamese Dollar (SRD). Money can be exchanged at banks; the best currencies to change are US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. Major international credit cards are accepted at larger hotels and restaurants. ATMs are available in towns and cities throughout the country.

Communication

The international dialling code for Suriname is +597. Mobile coverage is adequate in towns and cities, but is limited in more remote areas of the interier. Internet cafes are available in major towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 115

Visa and health information

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Public holidays

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2015 2016
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Pagwah (Holi) 6 Mar 23 Mar
Good Friday 3 Apr 25 Mar
Easter Monday 6 Apr 28 Mar
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Abolition of Slavery Day 1 Jul 1 Jul
Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan) 18 Jul 5 Jul
Independence Day 25 Nov 25 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec

Climate

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Paramaribo has a hot and humid tropical climate. Rainfall is common all year round, with June being the wettest month. Temperatures are consistently high throughout the year; daytime temperatures rarely fall below 77°F (25°C), with highs averaging around 88°F (31°C), although continuous trade winds do bring some cooling relief. The best times to visit Suriname are between February and April and from August to November. Fortunately, Suriname lies outside the Atlantic Hurricane Zone, so it is not prone to these tropical storms.

Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

www.japi-airport.com

Getting to the city

Buses run from the airport into Paramaribo, and take about an hour. Minibuses are also available, but can be hot and crowded with luggage.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, and Ross Rental Cars, among others, operate booths at the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis can be found outside the terminal; the experience of hiring one can be a bit chaotic as the drivers compete for fares.

Facilities

Courtesy and greeting services, conference rooms, banking and currency exchange services, tourist information, and duty-free shopping is available in the terminal.

Parking

Limited undercover parking is available for hourly, daily and monthly rates.

Internet

There is no wifi available at the airport.