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...
A Lake Mainstay Resort
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.
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,...
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.
A Church View Guest House, 3 Main and King Sts, T032880, F4151. Including breakfast, clean. Recommended. B...
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-...
The largest hotels in Georgetown have their own emergency electricity generators and water pumps to deal with any interruptions in supply.
Other hotels usually provide a bucket of water in your room, fill this up when water is available. When booking an a/c room, make sure it also has natural ventilation. A 10% room tax applies to hotels with more than 16...