VC10er wrote:What is Guyana’s (and Surinam’s) tourist infrastructure like? Are there resorts etc? I have never been, but I would figure that there is an opportunity given beautiful beaches I’ve seen as well as eco-tourism.
Perhaps too much corruption as stated here, but it seems like a potential great NEW sun chasing destination - no?
What ever the tourism attractions of Guyana and Suriname are beaches aren't it. The sea is muddy and brown in color because of the heavy sediment brought down by the rivers. In fact its not until about 100 miles out to sea that it turns blue again.
Guyana has virtually no tourist infrastructure and doesn't know how to go about building a tourism industry. Suriname has a small eco tourism product. Given that the Amazon basin doesn't lend itself to the type of animal watching safaris that one can get in Africa, and there are no nearby beaches as one can get in Belize and Costa Rica eco tourism will be a very niche product for those countries.
The DR is as corrupt as ever and is also high crime but is the largest Caribbean destination for tourism. Yes there are horror stories in the DR of tourists being attacked by locals who then call the police and then play victim. The police then fine the tourist and distribute the bribe IN FRONT OF THEM! I suggest that those who disbelieve go to www.dr1.com.