A hidden gem in the heart of South America. With its untouched rainforests, rich cultural heritage, and diverse wildlife, Suriname is a destination like no other. No visit to Suriname would be complete without exploring its pristine rainforests, home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including jaguars, sloths, and colourful birds. The historic capital city of Paramaribo offers a mix of Dutch colonial architecture, lively markets, and a vibrant arts scene. For those seeking adventure, the Galibi Nature Reserve is a popular spot for turtle-watching and beach exploration, while the Brownsberg Nature Park offers hiking trails with stunning views of the rainforest and its waterfalls.

Suriname’s unique blend of African, Asian, and Dutch cultures is reflected in its music, art, and cuisine, with traditional dishes like pom and roti standing out as culinary highlights. With its intriguing natural beauty and rich cultural diversity, Suriname is a must-see destination for any traveller looking to get off the beaten path in South America.

Top Recommendations

  • Explore the capital of Paramaribo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a fantastic blend of culture and cuisines
  • The Central Suriname Nature Reserve, 1.6 million hectares big and home to some of the most pristine rainforests in South America
  • Take an incredible boat journey along the Upper Suriname River, stopping off at Marron Villages
  • Stand watch over the sands of Galibi Nature Reserve as giant leatherback turtles emerge from the sea to lay their eggs on the beach (April to August)
  • The Brownsberg Nature Park, located in central Suriname and home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, birds, and reptiles

When to Visit

The best time to visit Suriname is during the dry season, which runs from mid-August to November and then from February until April. With less rainfall and more moderate temperatures, it’s an ideal time to explore the country’s lush rainforests, vibrant capital city, and unique blend of cultural influences. However, it’s important to note that Suriname’s equatorial climate can be hot and humid year-round, so visitors should be prepared for warm temperatures and occasional rain showers at any time.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Paramaribo.