Dangers & Annoyances
Avoid quiet streets and secluded areas after dark; the Palmentuin and Watermolenstraat in particular are known for drug dealing and robberies at night (Watermolenstraat is central and leads from Waterkant through the Unesco area). Watch for pickpockets around the market area, even in daylight hours.
Most hotels and guesthouses have free wi-fi, which is also available at many more upscale restaurants and cafes around town.
Most Paramaribo businesses take euros and US dollars, and most tour operators and guesthouses quote prices in euros. It pays to know your exchange rates.
You can change money or traveler's checks or get credit card advances at most major banks. There are scores of money changers all over town, including many drive-through options – so changing money should never be an issue.
Republic Bank Has ATMs that most reliably accept international cards. There are several other branches around town.
SIM cards are available at any TeleSur or Digicel shop for SR$20, which includes SR$5 worth of credit; calls are around SR$0.75 per minute, and data packages are cheap. Digicel tends to offer better coverage and customer service.
The friendly folks at the Tourist Information Center can normally welcome you in several languages, provide a walking-tour map and guide you in the right direction for most activities in Suriname, but the office was closed at the time of research and it was unclear when it would reopen.