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“Georgetown, Guyana A Beautiful Paradise”
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Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
60 helpful votes
“Georgetown, Guyana A Beautiful Paradise”
Reviewed July 5, 2011

GUYANA - a warm and beautiful paradise. Lots to see and do. Enjoy all the very fresh fruits and vegetables. A warm Guyanese welcome awaits everyone.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“A beautiful country which is worth a visit”
Reviewed February 2, 2011

I have now visited Georgetown a few times and I have enjoyed it. Guyana has some wonderful sites like the wooden Chruch, the old cricket ground at Border, the gardens, the rain forest, the rivers with the sweet black water, the Amerindian settlements, the rodeo and the Kaiteur Falls. If you like cricket the atmosphere is a very nice at the new cricket ground. If you like fruit there is alot.
Like any big city one has to be careful. Unlike a big city they have a tenancy to shut of the water, however most hotels have their own supply nd some house have tanks.
The food at the big resturants are not bad and if you like roti there is a shop near the main market. There is even Kentuckey Chicken.
One does not appreciate how big Guyana is unil you are actually flying over all the rice and sugar cane fields and he forest. You also realise that this is part of South America.
You will see houses of different sizes, cars and horse and carts. You will see rich and poor.
I only rel drawn back i found was the state of the drains and the rubbish. Otherwise I would say go and have a look at this counrty.There are some very nice hotels which have pools and/or casino.

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Huntington Beach, California
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485 reviews
468 helpful votes
“Tropical Georgetown, Guyana”
Reviewed October 30, 2007

Georgetown is located at the northern edge of South America, located on the Demerara River and near the Essequibo River. Georgetown has minimal tourism infrastructure beyond taxis, a few travel agencies with group tours (flying or bus) only to some of the waterfalls and eco tours to the interior, and a few hotels. Also, as there is no public transit system, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of vans that serve as buses that operate on routes throughout the Georgetown area.

The currency exchange rate is GY$208 to US$1. When I arrived in Guyana in mid-October 2007, at the Chedi Jagan International Terminal (GEO), I was approached by a man carrying a two inch thick stack of GY$1,000 bills for exchange for US Dollars.

I was fortunate to select an excellent taxi driver for the ride from the airport to my hotel and then a day tour of the Georgetown area. My taxi driver, a very articulate and knowledgeable (on just about everything Guyanese and American) third generation Hindu-origin and descendant of indentured servants, gave me a tour of Georgetown and surrounding area. While at a tour operator in Georgetown, seeking information about tours, II was directed to take a taxi tour as they did not specialize in Georgetown tours. Also, they only had tours infrequently, based solely upon booking a group of nine or ten people.

Highlights in downtown Georgetown include the many wooden, historic buildings, i.e., St George Cathedral (world’s largest wooden structure), Stabroek Market, City Hall, Justice Hall as well as the modern Capital Building. All within a few blocks of most of the hotels. All of these buildings can be experienced easily within and hour or hour and a half walking. The downtown area is approximately five blocks by seven blocks.

Stabroek Market serves as the "shopping mall" for Georgetown as there are no stores similiar to American or European supermarkets. There are a sea of stalls which sell fresh produce, fish, meat, and the essentials for daily life as well as some tourist t-shirts and caps. Stalls also sell read-to-east food stuffs, to include fresh coconuts opened on site. I was delighted to find a highly recommended dealer in gold and jewelery in the Stabroek Market, L. Seepersaud Maraj & Sons, which dates to 1935. Tourists should be aware of those around and watch their money and cameras here.

Other highlights in Georgetown include the Seawall and Beach, to the north side of the town, which protects the below-sea level town from flooding. There is a narrow beach but the water is very muddy. Near the Seawall is the Umana Yana National Trust Amerinda Museum.

Although not a tourist destination, one of the longest pontoon brides in the world is on the southside of Georgetown, approximately three miles south of the downtown area. It is 6,074 feet long and was completed in 1978.

With respect to personal safety, during my visit in October 2007, I had no difficulty walking around downtown Georgetown or in the neighborhood of the Cara Suites Hotel from early morning into early evening.

It was surprising to see numerous horse-drawn carts used to deliver lumber and building products around Georgetown.

World class cell phones operate in Georgetown, the airport and surrounding areas.

Rain can be frequent and the air is usually hot and humid.

There is a depature tax of GY$4,000 at Chedi Jagan (GEO) International Airport.

For further information about Georgetown and Guyana, contact the National Tourism Board's website at [--] or the Tourism and Hopsitality Association of Guyana [--]
Links can be found on these websites for local tour companies that operate tours into the interior of Guyana, the Essequibo River and Kaieteur Falls.

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