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Paramaribo
The street Waterkant in Paramaribo
Nickname(s): Par'bo
Paramaribo is located in Suriname
Paramaribo
The location of Paramaribo in Suriname
Coordinates: 5°52′N 55°10′W / 5.867°N 55.167°W / 5.867; -55.167
Country  Suriname
District Paramaribo District
Population
 - Estimate ({{{pop_est_as_of}}}) 242,946
Time zone ART (UTC-3)

Paramaribo (nickname: Par′bo) is the capital and largest city of Suriname, located on banks of the Suriname River in the Paramaribo District. Paramaribo has a population of roughly 250,000 people, more than half of Suriname's population. The historic inner city of Paramaribo has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.

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History

1830s lithograph of the market

The area, a trading post started by the Dutch, was taken by the English in 1630, and in 1650 the city became the capital of the new English colony. The area changed hands often between the English and Dutch but it was in Dutch hands again in 1667 and under Dutch rule from 1815 until the independence of Suriname in 1975.

On January 1821, a fire in the city centre destroyed over 400 houses and other buildings.

A second fire in September 1832 destroyed another 46 houses on the western part of the Waterkant.

On 7 June 1989, the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (about 30 km south of Paramaribo) became the crash site of Surinam Airways Flight 764, a Douglas DC-8. This airplane crashed on approach to the runway, killing 176 of the 178 passengers and 9 crew members.

The citizens are chiefly of Asian Indian, indigenous, African, and Dutch descent.

Geography

The city is located on the Suriname River, approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) inland from the Atlantic Ocean, in the Paramaribo district.

Demographics

Historic Inner City of Paramaribo*
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Colonial style houses, Waterkant, Paramaribo
State Party  Suriname
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 940
Region** Latin America and the Caribbean
Inscription history
Inscription 2002  (26th Session)
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.

Paramaribo has a population of roughly 250,000 people, more than half of the population of Suriname.

Paramaribo is famed for its diverse ethnic makeup, including Creoles, Hindustani, East Indians, Maroons, Javanese, Native Americans, Chinese, and Europeans (primarily of Dutch and English descent).

Economy

The city's major exports are gold, bauxite, sugar cane, rice, cacao, coffee, rum, and tropical woods. Cement and paint are manufactured in the city.

Transport

Paramaribo is served by the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport and Zorg en Hoop Airport for local flights. The Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge, which is part of the East-West Link, connects Paramaribo with Meerzorg on the other side of the Suriname River.

Culture

On Sundays and holidays there is a popular bird song competition. Suriname has only one cinema, which is located in the capital.

Notable landmarks

Sports

Helstone Monument
Tailor's shop, Paramaribo, 1955.

Paramaribo is the birthplace of several football players; some of them later represented the Netherlands:

Other sports such as tennis, golf, and basketball are also commonly played in Suriname.

Sister cities

References

External links

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

South America : Suriname : Paramaribo

Paramaribo, often called Par'bo, is the most populated district of Suriname.

Understand

Even though the official language is Dutch, due to the extremely high number of immigrants, the most widely spoken language in Paramaribo is Sranantongo.

Get in

By plane

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has three weekly direct flights from Amsterdam. Surinam Airways (Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij) also has three weekly direct flights from Amsterdam. If you're coming from Europe another alternative is to fly with Air France from Paris to Cayenne (in French Guiana) and travel from there, either by plane or overland.

From the United States, airline service is available from Miami and New York (JFK) via Caribbean Airlines [1], which stops in Trinidad-Tobago enroute to Suriname. From August 2008 it is also possible to fly with Surinam Airways to and from Miami with a stop in Aruba. On the way to the USA the Aruba stop is used for the customs and imigration procedure so that at arrival in Miami you do not have to go to customs anymore.

From Brazil, there is twice per week a flight by Suriname Airways from Belém to Paramaribo vice versa. The flight takes 1 hour and half and only drinks are served.

From the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, also known as Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport, into Paramaribo there is a bus running. It takes about an hour. There are also taxi's available. The situation outside the airport is a bit chaotic. Many taxi-drivers hustling for clients.

In January 2009, a one-way taxi fare to the city center was SRD 100 while the bus would cost SRD 45. You can change money inside the airport terminal while you wait for your baggage.

By train

By boat

Little boats can take you over the Suriname river to Commewijne. Till 2001 there was a ferry but with the completion of the Wijdenbosch Bridge the ferry was taken out of order.

Get around

By car

There are several car rentals services based in Paramaribo. Suriname has the English driving system. The steering wheel of the cars is on the right.

By bus

In Suriname the buses are private. The drivers, however do follow routes that are collectively determined. The buses are somewhere between private taxis and public transportation, and only leave the “bus station” when they are totally full, meaning there are not specific schedules. If you do see a bus, take note that the buses are hand-painted.

  • Fort Zeelandia, Abraham Crijnssenweg 1, (+597) 42 58 71 (fax: (+597) 42 58 81), [2].  edit
  • St. Peter and Paul Cathedral.  edit
  • Royal Palm Gardens.  edit
  • Presidential Palace.  edit
  • Historical city center.  edit
  • Jodensavanne.  edit

Do

Have a walk in the Maagdenstraat where you will see a lot of Chinese jewelers. Most of the jewelers are specialized in labor-intensive handmade jewels. It is also quite cheap to give your jewels a bath giving them the glow they used to have, or to simply repair them.

Have a Chinese breakfast and eat dim sum at

  • Sun Do, corner of Weidestraat and F. Derbiestraat. Serves good dim sum.  edit
  • Liang Lang, corner Dr. J.F. Nassylaan and F. Derbiestraat. Famous for their 'tjoeng'  edit
  • Dumpling #1, Dr. J.F. Nassylaan 1. Famous for their king crab  edit

Visit the nightclubs(most popular in the weekends)

  • Mystique Poolcafe, Wilhelminastraat 147, 8507550, [3].  edit
  • Margaritas Poolcafé, Kleine Dwarsstraat 3, (+597) 52 01 54 (fax: 520155), [4].  edit

Sauna

  • Sauna Kekemba Resort Paramaribo, Mangolaan 118, 546904 (, fax: 546904), [5]. 10:00 - 22:00. Come and have a relaxing steam bath in the steam sauna of Kekemba Resort Paramaribo. The resort is also open for locals and other people staying in Suriname. For guests staying at Kekemba the sauna is, of course, free. You can also use the swimmingpool and hot tub of Kekemba Resort srd 25.  edit

Visit waterkant and enjoy the sunset

Visit the flea-market on Sunday

Visit the flower expo at the Letitia Vriesdelaan which happens is scheduled every other Sunday. They sell different type of orchids, cacti, and other plants.

  • Oxygen Eco Tours, Waterkant 4, (+597) 41 01 00, [6].  edit
  • METS Travels and Tours, Dr. J.F. Nassylaan 2, Paramaribo, (+597) 477 088 (, fax: (+597) 42 23 32), [7]. Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  edit
  • Dubois & Dubois, Eldoradolaan 22, (+597) 47 69 02 (fax: (+597) 472 377).  edit
  • StiNaSu, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 10, (+597) 47 18 56 (fax: (+597) 42 18 50), [8].  edit
  • Zus&Zo, Grote Combeweg 13a, (+597) 52 09 05 (), [9].  edit
  • Fietsen in Suriname (Bike tours), Grote Combeweg 13a, (+597) 52 07 81 (), [10].  edit
  • Anton de Kom University of Surinam, Leysweg 86, Universiteitscomplex, Building IV, (+597) 46 55 58 (, fax: (+597) 46 22 91), [11].  edit
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Breakfast

  • Anthony's Corner, Domineestraat 44, (+597) 42 28 28 / 47 49 32 (fax: (+597) 42 28 25).  edit
  • Dumpling #1, Dr. J.F. Nassylaan 12, (+597) 88 12 60.  edit
  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo (ontbijt), Mangolaan 118, (+597) 546904 (, fax: (597)546906), [12]. 08:00 - 12:00. If you come early to Kekemba Resort for a swim or to relax in the steam sauna you can start the day with having breakfast in our breakfast room. A good breakfast with tea, coffie, bread, cheese, marmelade, juice, eggs, meat, yoghurt etc. srd 26.  edit

Fast Food

  • Burger King, Wagenwegstraat 3-7, (+597) 47 00 62 / 47 00 64 / 47 00 65.  edit
  • Domino Pizza, Coppenamestraat 9, (+597) 40 01 83 / 80 15 89 / 45 70 07.  edit
  • KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken, Waterkant 76, (+597) 42 52 54 (fax: (+597) 42 51 91).  edit
  • KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wilhelminastraat 62, (+597) 42 42 42 / 42 22 67 (fax: (+597) 42 43 43).  edit
  • McDonald's, Keizerstraat 62-64, (+597) 42 15 11 / 42 57 78 (fax: (+597) 42 57 01).  edit
  • Pizza Hut, Wilhelminastraat 62, (+597) 42 44 44 / 42 23 38 (fax: (+597) 42 23 68).  edit
  • Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits, Domineestraat 39, (+597) 42 64 01 (fax: (+597) 42 64 01). On the first floor of the Krasnapolsky Hotel. Popeye's serves Cajun style fast food.  edit
  • Saborella, Plutostraat 104-106, (+597) 45 36 04 (fax: (+597) 45 11 66).  edit

Warm meals

  • Mirosso Indonesisch Restaurant, J. Samson Greenstraat 104, (+597) 45 53 62 (fax: (+597) 45 28 71). 18:00 - 24:00 Except on Monday. Friday and Saturday till 02:00. Javanese restaurant which has received the Fernand de Rooy Certificate  edit
  • Kris' Roti. East Indian restaurant well known for their roti with chicken.  edit
  • Joosje Roti Shop, Zwartenhovenbrugstraat 9, (+597) 47 26 06 (fax: (+597) 42 47 38). Mon-Sat: 08:30 am - 10:00 pm. East indian restaurant well known for their roti with chicken in the center of town.  edit
  • Fatai Restaurant, Maagdenstraat 64, (+597) 47 39 17 / 42 00 15 / 80 64 48 (fax: (+597) 42 28 25).  edit
  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo (warm meals), Mangolaan 118, (+597) 546904 (). 13:00 - 22:00. Friday and Saturday till 02:00. Closed on Sunday. srd 15 - srd 30.  edit

Cafe's

  • 't vat, Kleine Waterstraat 1, 424631 (fax: 424790).  edit

Cozy

  • Pannekoek & Poffertjes Cafe, Sommelsdijckstraat, van 11, 422914/8570415.  edit
  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo (cozy), Mangolaan 118, (+597)546904 (, fax: (+597)546906), [13]. 10:00 - 23:00. Do you look for a cozy, not so crowded, place to have a drink or a cocktail. Kekemba Resort Paramaribo is the place. You can sit at the upstairs bar with view on the swimming pool, or have your drink sitting at or in the swimming pool with your one and only true love. Then go relax in the hot tub and then cool down in one of our hammocks. Prices of the drinks start from srd 5 for soft or juice, our cocktails start at srd 10. srd 5.  edit
  • Shin Kong restaurant, Gompertstraat 16, (+597) 45 35 69.  edit
  • Dok 204 restaurant, Anton Dragtenweg 204, (+597) 31 14 62 (fax: (+597) 31 14 61).  edit
  • Lee's Korean Restaurant, Mahonylaan 12-14, (+597) 47 98 34 (fax: (+597) 42 06 95).  edit
  • Chi Min, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 83, (+597) 41 21 55 (fax: (+597) 42 70 57). 11:00 - 23:00. Chinese restaurant specialised in seafood.  edit
  • Palm Palace, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 34-36, (+597) 47 64 27 (fax: (+597) 41 21 67). Chinese restaurant  edit

Sleep

Guesthouses

Hotels

  • Royal Torarico Hotel, Kleine Waterstraat 10, (+597) 47 35 00 (, fax: (+597) 47 38 08), [18]. checkin: 5:00 pm; checkout: 1:00 pm. Standard rooms start at USD 145 per room per night.  edit
  • Spanhoek Boutique Hotel, Domineestraat 2-4, (+597) 47 78 88 (, fax: (+597) 42 71 21), [19]. checkin: 12:30 am; checkout: 2:30 pm. The hotel opened its doors in November 2007. Double rooms start from EUR 110 per room per night.  edit
  • Hotel & Casino Torarica, Mr. L.J. Rietbergplein 1, (+597) 47 15 00 (, fax: (+597) 41 16 82), [20]. checkin: 5:00 pm; checkout: 1:00 pm. 4½-star Standard rooms start at USD 140 per room per night.  edit
  • Residence Inn Paramaribo, Anton Dragtenweg 7, (+597) 47 23 87 (, fax: (+597) 42 48 11), [21]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. 4-star  edit
  • Hotel La Petite Maison, Waterkant 4, (+597) 47 54 66 (, fax: (+597) 47 54 77), [22]. checkin: 12:00 am; checkout: 12:00 am.  edit
  • Eco Resort Inn, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 16, (+597) 42 55 22 (, fax: (+597) 42 55 10), [23]. checkin: 5:00 pm; checkout: 1:00 pm. A standard double room starts at USD 106.  edit
  • Krasnapolsky Hotel, Domineestraat 39, (+597) 47 50 50 (, fax: (597) 42 01 39), [24]. The Krasnapolsky hotel is situated in down-town Paramaribo.  edit
  • North Resort Hotel, J.D. Gompertstraat 145-147, (+597) 45 75 91 (, fax: (+597) 45 75 27), [25].  edit
  • Paramuru Hotel, Waaldijkstraat 28, (+597) 41 10 19 (, fax: (+597) 41 10 20), [26].  edit
  • Tran Elite Hotel, J.D. Gompertstraat 143, (+597) 45 82 75 (, fax: (+597) 45 82 74), [27]. 3-star  edit
  • Hotels in Suriname, [28].  edit

Apartments

  • Guesthouse Stay-Cey, Verlengde Hoogestraat 41, (+597) 41 20 19 (fax: (+597) 42 05 61), [29]. Rooms start at EUR 30 per room per night.  edit
  • Amber Apartments Paramaribo, Belemstraat 4, (+597) 47 32 03.  edit
  • Linur Apartments, Gonggrijpstraat 49, (+597) 35 40 86 / 42 05 32 (), [30].  edit
  • Kekemba Resort Paramaribo, Mangolaan 118, (+597) 54 69 04 (, fax: (+597) 54 69 04), [31]. Stay in one of our luxury studio apartments with breakfast, swimming pool, hot tub, hammocks and steam sauna. Make Kekemba Resort Paramaribo your hub for traveling to the interiour of Suriname with the untouched rainforest and for you daytrips to the many cultural sites to visit. We are the only really gay friendly resort of Suriname. The mix of gay- and non-gay couples give Kekemba the right athmosphere. Here holiday really is holiday. Prices start at EUR 60 per night.  edit
  • Steam Sauna C100, Mangolaan 118, (+597) 546904 (, fax: (+597) 546906), [32]. 14:00 - 22:00 on Saterday 02:00. Steam Sauna Onehunderddegreescelcius. Come and have a relaxing steam bath in Sauna C100. C100 is part of Kekemba Resort Paramaribo. The resort is also open for locals and other people staying in Suriname. For guests staying with us the sauna is, of course, free. Besides the steam sauna there is a relax space, relax cabins, bar, xxx-rated movie area, outside relax area. You can also use the swimmingpool and hot tub of Kekemba Resort from srd 15.  edit

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Proper noun

Paramaribo

  1. The capital of Suriname.

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Paramaribo is the capital city of Suriname. About 250.000 people live in the city. It is at the Suriname River about 15 km before the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean.


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