Caribbean Tourism

Communication

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...

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...