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Port of Entry
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Paramaribo waterfront

Paramaribo is the capital of Suriname and it is one of the most beautiful towns in the Caribbean. It also has a great atmosphere. The town plan seems a bit cluttered because the oldest streets are built on shell ridges running parallel to the shore in an angle of 45° to the river; newer streets are built square to the river, as is common in most cities. The oldest houses are constructed in wood in colonial style and painted white and well-kept. They make the city attractive.

Fort Zeelandia is the most famous historic building in Paramaribo. It was built in the 17th century and originally called Fort Willoughby, after the English governor who reigned over Suriname before the Dutch took over. On 6 March 1667 Surinam came in the hands of admiral Crijnssen, who named the fortification after his battleship after the English traded Surinam for the colony of New Amsterdam, later New York. Now the historic Museum is located in the fortification, with a large collection on Surinamese history.

The famous Palm Trees Garden nearby is also worth a visit.


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See Suriname.


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Start your approach into the Surinam River at the outer marker at LW. The trip to Paramaribo is, calculated from the outer marker, approximately 25 miles. At that time the water level seems quite low, even in the buoyed channel, but you will never sound less than 1.5 m below the keel (assuming a draft of 2 m). The channel is well buoyed and buoys are regularly moved if necessary. Even at night, the approach is a piece of cake because they are all lit and the lights are working! Keep red to starboard (IALA-B).


Paramaribo is a port of entry/exit for Suriname. For details see Entrance: Suriname.

Surinamese authorities are friendly and quite relaxed. They don't expect you to rush off and see them immediately upon arrival but it is advisable to register with MAS (Maritime Authority Suriname) on VHF12 when approaching the Suriname river. Arrange your paperwork the following day.

  1. Visit the MAS, Department of Maritime Administration, Cornelis Jongbawstraat 2, open from 7AM-3PM. Dress code: no bermuda's or short skirts, no flip-flops, no sleeveless shirts. Bring passports of all crew members and a photo of your yacht (MAS can also print from your tablet or phone). Complete 2 forms at their office or download them in advance from the MAS website
    • Notice of arrival
    • Maritime Declaration of health
    After completion, you will receive a copy of your registration to present to the Military Police (step 3). MAS is currently working on an online procedure. Remember to sign off when you leave Suriname (VHF12).
  2. Caricom citizens don't need a visa and are allowed to stay for 6 months. Dutch citizens need a Toeristenkaart/tourist card (€30 or US$ 35). In all other cases, you'll need a visa. Obtain your Tourist card or visa at the Consular Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Lim A Po state 25 (at the corner of Watermolenstraat). Bring cash and 2 passport photo's, crew list and photocopies of your passport (personal page, in colour). The office is open from 7.30AM to noon. If you get there before 11 AM you can collect your tourist card or visa the same day.
  3. Next stop for your entry stamp is Immigrations: located at the office of the Military Police on the corner of Tourtonnelaan and Henck Arronstraat, tel. +597 (4) 72 221. Bring a crew list, ship's papers, and last clearance. The office is open from 07.30 AM to 1.30PM. You are allowed to stay for 3 months but the Military Police only grants you 1 month. If you want to stay longer, you have to visit the "Vreemdelingenpolitie", Jaggernath Lachmonstraat 167, tel. +597 (5) 32 123 or +597 (4) 76 733, open until 2PM (local bus #8 in Steenbakkerijstraat). You are expected to refresh your permit monthly at the Vreemdelingenpolitie until you leave.
  4. Yachts normally don't clear with Customs.
  5. Before you leave, check out at the Military Police. Want to leave at the weekend? Visit them on Friday. Don't forget to sign off on VHF channels 12 or 16 when sailing (or send an email [email protected], or [email protected],.


Marinas & Yacht Clubs

There are currently no marinas in Paramaribo, although there are some plans.


  1. A popular anchorage in Paramaribo is off Torarica, but anchoring there is not encouraged by MAS.
  2. A better spot is in the bend of the river where usually some Venezuelan fishing boats lie at anchor, just NE of the bridge/wiki/Paramaribo#NE_of_the_bridgeAnchorage icon NE of the bridge [[Paramaribo#NE of the bridge|NE of the bridge]] 05°48.780'N, 055°09.861'W .
  3. Another possibility is to go turn before Paramaribo o the Commewijne River and anchor infront of the Plantage Resort Frederiksdorp/wiki/Paramaribo#Plantage_Resort_FrederiksdorpAnchorage icon Plantage Resort Frederiksdorp [[Paramaribo#Plantage Resort Frederiksdorp|Plantage Resort Frederiksdorp]] 05°53.965'N, 055°04.464'W , [email protected]; Tel: +597 (82) 00 378.
  4. Domburg (8 miles upriver) is probably the best and safest anchorage and from there it is only 30 minutes by bus into town. You can leave the boat there and then come to Paramaribo by bus for clearance.


Water Water at Torarica
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Ask at Torarica
Fuel Fuel at service stations in town
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers NV Propellor, Industrieweg 18c, tel. +597 (4) 81 348, [email protected]. This is the one and only chandler in Surinam, don't expect too much but still, they might surprise you with what they actually have in stock. Go by bus as the store is near Paramaribo.
Repairs Outboards:
  • Yamaha dealer: Datsun Suriname NV, Wagenwegstraat 53
  • Evinrude and other: try the shop next door to Yamaha, they carry parts for many brands and are very helpful
  • Mariner: CHM, Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 2-12
  • Tohatsu: Jong Tjien Fa, Dr. F. Nassylaan 47

Batteries and Electricity parts:

  • Cormoran, Burenstraat 9

Remember you are in South-America, where people are creative and clever in finding solutions without spending too much money. You'll find many skillful mechanics, electricians, welders etc, but nobody is really specialized in something. So depending on the problem you have, check the Yellow Pages or just ask around. Cevihas is not only a fishery but also a boat yard, the only place where you might be able to have your boat lifted. And you will find mechanics there as well - and/or in the companies in the vicinity (for instance Maro is a good welder).

Internet Many spots in town. Closest to Torarica is Queens (also WiFi).
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Opposite Torarica and many other places. Check with the Tourist Office in front of Fort Zeelandia


Suriname is a great place to stock up. Cheap and everything available.

  • Supermarkets all around. The smaller ones are mostly run by Chinese and they are local shops. There are also some very large supermarkets where you will not only find all the basic stuff but also any luxury food you can imagine: Tulip (Tourtonnelaan 131), Choi's (Johannes Mungrastraat 17 and Tweekinderenweg 99), Jong A Kiem (Jaggernath Lachmonstraat 203). A more basic supermarket is Combé Markt (Grote Combéweg 121), where the stuff is not so nicely displayed and the shopping carts are all quite battered, but that is why it is so cheap.
  • Central Market: don't miss it. Fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, interesting drugstores with all kinds of bush medicins, but also don't forget the first floor where you will find clothing, souvenirs, etc.

Eating out

Surinamese people love to eat. In fact, they eat and snack all day. Suppose they invite you to their home, you will NEVER leave without a meal and something to drink. So one can imagine that eateries are all over the place, for every budget.

A nice place to have lunch is the Waterfront, below the almond trees. There is the in Surinam almost obligatory Javanese food (barbecued chicken, saté, bakabanas, etc) but you can have this kind of food anywhere. Try typical Creole dishes such as "heri heri" (various kinds of root vegetables, such as sweet potato, cassave and yam, served with boiled green banana, an egg and most important with "bakkeljauw" - salted fish stewed in tomato/pepper sauce). Only one of the eateries on the waterfront is serving this traditional dish, so you can't miss it.


Bus service is well organized. There are two kinds of bus operators: the government (Nationaal Vervoer bedrijf, Heiligenweg), and the so-called "wild buses", exploited by private owners/drivers. These are the decorated buses that you see everywhere in town. Find out where they start at the bus station Heiligenweg, where a map is displayed showing the various routes.

You can take your boat to the Commewijne River and up to the Cottica River. On the way, you'll pass some small villages and you just anchor in the middle of the river in the forest. But be aware that sometimes big freighters on their way to or from Moengo will want to pass.

Pass below the bridge to go to Domburg (8 miles upriver). You can't miss the wreck of "Goslar" in the middle of the river, which was sunk deliberately to prevent it from being claimed by the Germans, but now they can't lift it anymore. Pass on either side.



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

  • Fort Zeelandia is a must, as is a walk through the historic city centre. Actually Unesco World Heritage! You will find the Tourist Office right in front of Fort Zeelandia and they supply all kinds of information, maps, route suggestions, etc.
  • Turtle watching in Matapica and/or Galibi.
  • Take a tour to Brownsberg, the nature forest park nearby Brokopondo lake. You can go by yourself by local bus (they start from Saramaccastraat, opposite Jeruzalem Bazar) or book with Stinasu. All details in the Tourist Office.
  • If you are a true nature lover, go to Kabalebo. In this area are almost no villages so it is still packed with birds, monkeys, sloths, etc.
  • And perhaps the best option: take a tour with Twist! Mr. Twist is an extremely experienced guide but more important: a very helpful and friendly man who knows everybody in Surinam, and everyone knows him! The main thing about Twist is that you can trust him. He knows what sailors enjoy, so if you go with him you'll never be among a group of 20 other white folks. Of course you can discuss your destination(s) with Twist, but probably he will propose to bring you into a secluded marron village (marron are descendants of the former slaves who ran away from the plantations), an indigenous village (Amer-Indians), Brownsberg (a nature park) and he will stop along the way whenever he sees something that might be of interest. Twist will tell you about nature and wildlife, about the ways of the locals in the villages, history, etc etc. Your day out with him will be a great experience and something you will never forget. Call Twist at +597 404450 (home) or +597 8139768. Price indication for 4 persons: € 75 per person. All snacks, meals, and drinks included; even beer and/or rum! (You will find this with no other tour guide, but Twist knows what yachties want.)
Fort Zeelandia
Ice shaving, delicious with syrup
Keti Koti in the Palm Trees Garden
Girl wearing festive costume on Independence Day


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  • Petra & Jan Willem Versol (sy Witte Raaf): We arrived in Suriname in February 2006 and liked the country and especially its people so much that we bought ourselves a home here. We sailed three times to the Caribbean and back to Suriname. We kept our boat in Trinidad for a couple of years, but since February 2014 Witte Raaf is back in Suriname and berthed at the Sailing Club Suriname (Ornamibo, between Paramaribo and Domburg).

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