Suriname is a small country on the Northeast coast of South America squeezed between English speaking Guyana and French speaking French Guiana. Together the three countries are often referred to as the Guianas or Guyanas.
Suriname is an amazing country, especially if you love unique cultures, wildlife, and wild places (and scorching heat). The population is still small, just over 500,000 people, and gathered around the capital, Paramaribo, near the coast. Culturally, Suriname is Caribbean, with a population that includes Amerindians, Creoles and Maroons, Europeans, Hindustani (East Indians), Javanese (from Indonesia), Chinese, and most recently Brazilians.
The interior rainforests and savannah, part of the greater Amazon region, are relatively pristine and cover 80% of the country. The coast still has large tracts of mangrove forests and hosts some of the most important beaches for nesting leatherback turtles in the world. You haven’t truly lived until you’ve seen a massive, panting leatherback lay her eggs on a rain-soaked beach at midnight—the setting for the second book in the series.
Links about Suriname:
- Photos of Suriname on Pinterest
- One of my blogs on Colonial Dutch Architecture of Paramaribo on Novel Adventurers.
- The Charm of Suriname
- New York Times article: Suriname, South America’s Hidden Treasure