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Get to know Paramaribo (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Paramaribo. To help you make friends with Paramaribo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Paramaribo (no more

Paramaribo, Suriname, is the capital and largest city of Suriname. Here, you will find the city alive with a diverse mix of its colonial Dutch heritage and Creole influences. Within the old part of the city, you will find Fort Zeelandia, which offers free tours on Sundays, and streets lined with newly resorted Colonial-style buildings. You can see the city on foot, or in true Dutch style, rent a bike from Zus & Zo, which is located by the city's main park Palmentuin.

The city is very multicultural and diverse and you can find different areas within the city that reflect this. There are Dutch, Indonesian, Indian, Brazilian, and Chinese areas, each with their own flair. Food lovers will adore this mix -- it's possible to chow down on delicious Indian roti for just a few dollars, sample the street food and its array of Creole creations, or dine in style in a Chinese hot pot restaurant.

Paramaribo offers a range of accommodation options, however here it is more common to find guesthouses (often called posadas). Many posadas do not have websites, so you will either need to walk in or phone to make a reservation. There are hotels further away from the old town, toward central market and beyond, but these tend to be located in less desirable areas and are not well maintained. It is more advisable to keep to the old town.

Many guesthouses in old town are in beautiful Colonial houses and will offer guests the option of having a private room or dorm or sleeping outside in a hammock, the latter of which is a much cheaper option for solo travelers. For more of the vibe of a hostel in Paramaribo, Suriname, there exist several options, and it is also possible to find more upscale lodging options. These tend to be large, luxurious-looking hotels.

Paramaribo is a charming city in which you could happily spend a few days. It is also a useful base for visiting the interior of Suriname, as it is well connected to other major cities, and many agencies offer jungle or river tours.

Written by local enthusiast for Paramaribo hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Paramaribo hostels Chloe

Your Packing List for Paramaribo

Your Packing List for Paramaribo

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Paramaribo and Suriname.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Travel Tips for Paramaribo - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Paramaribo. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Paramaribo. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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