Caribbean Tourism

Guyana

Accommodations

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...

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...

Guyana

Guyana Guyana has an area of 215,084 square kilometres, nearly the size of Britain, but only about 2.5 percent (or 537,710 hectacres) is cultivated. About 90 percent of the population lives on the narrow coastal plain, either in Georgetown, the capital, or in villages along the main road running from Charity in the west to the Suriname border. Most of the plain is...

GUYANA: WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING Restaurants available-Local. International. Chinese. Indian. Dress code is casual, though long pants are preferred in the evenings. NIGHTLIFE Entertainment available includes: Discos. Bars. Night Clubs. Live music. SHOPPING Locally produced items available-Craft. Woodwork. Pottery. Sculptures. Paintings. Amerindian work includes-Straw work....

GUYANA: COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY Guyana, 83,000 sq mls in area, is located on the northeast shoulder of the South American continent. There are 3 distinct areas-the coastal belt, the forested and mountainous area, and the savannah zone. Guyana is notable for its mighty rivers, the three most important being the Demerara, Berbice, and the Essequibo. TIME One hour ahead of EST. No...

GUYANA: MONEY/ BUSINESS GUIDE

BANKS Bank of Boroda. Bank of Nova Scotia. Citizens Bank of Jamaica. Demerara Bank. Guyana Bank for Trade & Industry Ltd. Guyana National Co-Operative Bank. National Bank of Industry & Commerce Ltd. (Most banks have ATM machines). BANKING HOURS Monday to Thursday 0800-1430. Friday 0800-1230 & 1500-1700. Citizens, Scotia & Demerara Banks...

GUYANA: HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES Caribbean Star. BWIA. LIAT. North American Airlines. Suriname Airways. Universal Airlines. AIRPORTS Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri is 26 mls from Georgetown, the capital. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS All visitors require a passport. No visa required for U.S., Canadian or Commonwealth citizens. GATEWAYS/FLYING TIMES Miami-4.5 hrs. New York-5.5...

Guyana, on the northeast coast of South America

Guyana, on the northeast coast of South America, may be the Caribbean's last frontier. It's a fascinating wild land, full of jungles, mountains and savannas; surely a stop for every adventurer-at-heart. Its main attraction is the breathtaking natural beauty which lies at its interior. Go there to immerse yourself in nature. Guyana, meaning "land of many...