Caribbean Tourism

Guyana

Southwest from Georgetown: to Brazil

Fort Island and Bartica From Parika there is a vehicle ferry up the Essequibo River to Bartica on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, returning next day, US$1.50 one way. The 58 kilometre journey takes six hours, stopping at Fort Island; small boats come out from riverside settlements to load up with fruit. On Fort Island is a Dutch fort (built 1743, restored by...

West from Georgetown: Routes to Venezuela

Travelling west from Georgetown, the road crosses the 2-kilometre long floating Demerara bridge (opens often for shipping, US$0.25 toll, pedestrians free). Speedboats cross the Demerara from Stabroek market, US$0.30 every 30 minutes. The road continues 42 kilometres, past rice paddies, kokers and through villages to Parika, a growing town on the east bank...

Southeast to Suriname

Linden Linden, the second-largest town in Guyana, is a bauxite mining town 112 kilometres south of Georgetown on the west bank of the Demerara River. The two towns are connected by a good road (slow for the first part to Timehri); the police checks are to stop drug and gun running. Linden is a company mining town. The opencast mine is 60-90 metres deep and...

Georgetown

Phoning from USA to Georgetown: 011-592+ 2 + five digits Georgetown Guyana’s capital, and chief town and port, is on the east bank of the mouth of the Demerara river. The climate is tropical, with a mean temperature of 27°C, but the trade winds provide welcome relief. The city is built on a grid plan, with wide tree-lined streets and drainage canals...

Shopping

Georgetown - The main shopping area is Regent St. The two main department stores are Guyana Stores in Church St, and Fogarty’s, both of which stock a wide range of goods. Most Guyanese do their regular shopping at the four big markets: Stabroek (don’t take valuables), Bourda, La Penitence and Kitty. Craft items are a good buy: Amerindian basketwork,...

Other Sports

Georgetown The national indoor sport is dominoes. There are sports clubs for cricket, tennis, football, rugby, hockey, riding, swimming, cycling, athletics, badminton, volley ball, netball, snooker, pool, golf, boxing, ballroom dancing and rifle shooting. At Easter there are kite flying competitions. The Guyanese enjoy songbird (finch) contests, called ‘...

History

The country was first partially settled between 1616 and 1621 by the Dutch West India Company, who erected a fort and depot at Fort Kyk-over-al (County of Essequibo). The first English attempt at settlement was made by Captain Leigh on the Oiapoque River (now French Guyane) in 1604, but he failed to establish a permanent settlement. Lord Willoughby, famous...

Government & Economy

Government A Prime Minister and cabinet are responsible to the National Assembly, which has 65 members elected for a maximum term of five years. The President is Head of State. The country is divided into 10 administrative regions. Economy Structure of Production The agriculture, fishing and forestry sector of the economy makes up almost 50% of gdp and is a...

Places to Eat - Georgetown

At Le Meridien: El Dorado, good atmosphere, Caribbean, Continental and Guyanese, average meal US$14, Browne’s Old Café, full English breakfast US$10, lunch and dinner average meal US$11, poolside BBQ and pizza with live bands, pizza U$8.50. Main Street Café, at Tower Hotel. Very good breakfast US$6 and other meals. Bottle Bar and Restaurant at Cara Lodge....

Food & Drink

Food The blend of different national influences – Indian, African, Chinese, Creole, English, Portuguese, Amerindian, North American – gives a distinctive flavour to Guyanese cuisine. One well-known dish, traditional at Christmas, is pepper-pot, meat cooked in bitter cassava (casareep) juice with peppers and herbs. Seafood is plentiful and varied, as is the...

Entertainment - Georgetown

Georgetown is surprisingly lively at night, mainly with gold miners, traders and overseas Guyanese throwing US$ around. Take care walking home at night. The Library, Camp St, very popular, open Wednesday (ladies night), Friday and Saturday, barbecue, beer garden, dance floor, bar (entrance US$2.50). Blue Note, Camp St, disco and beer garden, entry US$3.50,...

Accommodation - West from Georgetown

A Lake Mainstay Resort T62975, F58709, due open mid-1999 after complete refurbishment, 40 cabins, some with a/c, others with fan, plus single rooms, beachfront on the lake, restaurant, bars, swimming, boating, other sports, birdwatching and nature trails; special events and entertainment. Charity E Purple Heart, cheaper than Xenon.

Accommodation & Places to Eat - Southwest from Georgetown: to Brazil

Bartica C-E Marin Hotel, 19 Second Ave, T2243. Meals available (breakfast US$3.20, lunch and dinner US$6.40). E Modern, 9 First Ave, T2301, near ferry. 2 luxury rooms C, others basic, with bath and fan. Recommended. Good food, book ahead if possible. Also on First Ave, E Hi-Lo, self-contained suites, also very basic rooms under US$3, crowded, no bath,...

Accommodation & Places to Eat- Southeast to Suriname

Suriname In town, in the lovely colonial guesthouse on the Demerara River, run by the mining company. C Hotel Star Bonnett, 1¾ kilometres out of town on Georgetown Rd, T046505, F6829, clean, good lunches. Nearby C Summit Hotel, T046500. New Amsterdam A Church View Guest House, 3 Main and King Sts, T032880, F4151. Including breakfast, clean. Recommended. B...

Accommodation - Georgetown

LL-L Le Meridien Pegasus, Seawall Rd, PO Box 101147, T528539, F53703/60532. Completely renovated, very safe, a/c, comfortable, fridge, cable TV, lovely swimming pool, gym, tennis, business centre, 24-hour back up electricity, organizes tours to Timberhead, see Eating, below. L-AL Ambassador Club, Pere St, Kitty, T50811, F50808. Lovely surroundings, self-...