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Surfing in Suriname

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Surfing in Suriname

What is the beaches in Suriname like...Is there any surf?

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1. Re: Surfing in Suriname

Dear Redstar055,

Please read any Wikipediapage about Suriname and you will quickly learn that you do not really visit Suriname for the beaches - as they are almost non-existent. Due to the massive sand disposal by the Amazon and other rivers, the Surinamese coast exists out of swamps and mud, not really a very nice place to stay. There are however a few beaches, including seaturtles to watch (in season). And, off course, the great Amazone rainforest!

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Suriname isn't the place if you are looking for a "vacation on the ocean" or "beach vacation". You are better off exploring the tropical rainforest as there are several travel agencies who can arrange that for you.

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If anyone IS interested in surfing here, I have a bunch of surfboards I'd be happy to loan out. You won't find any others here.

The beaches might not be great, but surfing is surfing! If you're not a surfer, you wouldn't know.

Ps- I'm in Guyana, right next door, but can meet you at the border. OR, you can test drive them here!

Hang 10!

Edited: 10 March 2013, 01:45
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If anyone IS interested in surfing here, I have a bunch of surfboards I'd be happy to loan out. You won't find any others here.

The beaches might not be great, but surfing is surfing! If you're not a surfer, you wouldn't know.

Ps- I'm in Guyana, right next door, but can meet you at the border. OR, you can test drive them here!

Hang 10!

Edited: 10 March 2013, 01:45
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There are no beaches. You can. with some effort, go to a few sand bars where some protected species of turtles lay their eggs. Why no beaches? There are not even any inhabited areas on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the massive ocean flow of the silt from the Amazon and ocean currents the shore of Suriname is mud flats and swamps. Note on a map that what you can see of places identified as towns or cities that they are upstream of a river that flows to the ocean.

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Definitely not any rideable waves. You come to Suriname for the coastal birds hat feed on the mud banks rather than searching for waves.;-)

Suriname is basically one large wetland with a mud bank along most of its coastline and shallow water covering the mud, leading up to the few sand beaches that Suriname has been blessed with. When the wind is blowing the mosquito's away the beaches can be pleasant.

If you're into nature though, Suriname is your place!

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Someone might actually want to see birds looking for food on a mud bank? There are tours to the inland areas that have the amerindians and Maroons on 'display.' "Maroons" are the descendants of escaped slaves from long ago. They have even their own villages. There is a lot of unspoiled forest land that is said to be protected. The population of the entire country is estimated to be around half a million. There 100's of thousands of Surinamese in Holland that escaped what they thought would happen at independence in 1975. The current president is a mass murderer and a convicted drug trafficker. Not name calling, but documented fact or, on the "murderer bit. When he was formerly the dictator some years ago approximately 12 of his political opponents were picked up and shot. Only thing missing is conviction by trial. His son, Dino, has been convicted in Brazil for drug dealing, got out and is now in jail in New York for the same offense. // Awhile back someone asked if Suriname had "mossies." I take it that they meant mosquitoes. Yes, they most certainly do. They sometimes have Dengue Fever and Malaria if you travel to the interior.

Once someone said that Paramaribo (the capitol and largest city) had canals like The Netherlands. That person might have been on something. There are lots of weed filled drainage ditches because of fairly frequent flooding. You cannot at all use them for travel in a boat! Some most often do not even have water in them. Other than for someone that has a strong taste for rare kinds of eco-travel, there is not much there of interest. Oh yes, you can go to several gambling casinos, but if you have ever been to any in other parts of the world that have them do not imagine that you will find the same in Suriname. You might wish to check the U.S. Secretary of States web sites having to do with travel related matters. It will tell you about crime, available medical care and other pertinent matters. Do NOT use for a rental place - Cynthia Rents, etc. Her husband is a criminal and goes by the name: "Boy" He will rip you off for things if he at all has a chance. That's besides being very rude!

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