Caribbean Tourism

Travel Information

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...

Tourist Information

Embassies & Consulates British High Commission (44 Main St, PO Box 10849, T592-265881/4). Canadian High Commission (Young St) and the Embassies of the United States (Young St, Kingston, near Le Meridien Pegasus Hotel), Honorary French Consul (7 Sherriff St, T65238), Venezuela (Thomas St), Brazil (308 Church St, Queenstown, T57970, visa issued next day,...

Communication

Phoning from USA: 011-592+ city code + five or six digits Telephone Services It is possible to dial direct to any country in the world. Blue public telephones in Georgetown only allow collect calls overseas; phone booths have overseas, three-digit codes printed inside. Yellow phones are for calls to local areas, G$3 per call. Some businesses and hotels may...

Getting Around

For visiting many parts of the interior, particularly Amerindian districts, permits are required in advance from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Minister of Amerindian Affairs in the office of the President, New Garden St in Georgetown. If venturing out of Georgetown on your own, you must check beforehand whether you need a permit for where you intend...

Getting There

Air From Europe: There are no direct flights to Guyana from Europe, but BWIA’s flights from London to Antigua or Port of Spain connect. From North America: BWIA flies daily from New York and Miami, and once a week from Toronto; most BWIA flights involve a change of plane in Port of Spain (check baggage allowance carefully because it is different on each...

Before Travelling

Climate Although hot, the climate is not unhealthy. Mean shade temperature throughout the year is 27°C; the mean maximum is about 31°C and the mean minimum 24°C. The heat is greatly tempered by cooling breezes from the sea and is most felt from August to October. There are two wet seasons, from May to June, and from December to the end of January, although...