It is the only English speaking country in South America, with a coastal belt that stretches for more than 400 Km with a few beaches.
In addition the many rivers that flow into the Atlantic, also offer a few beach options. In the tropics, the weather is warm year round.
Shell Beach in Guyana is the most renowned beach
This is Guyana’s best known beach that extends for 140 Km of the country’s coastline near Venezuela in the Barima Waini region. True to its name the beach is full of shells. It is good for swimming.
But, the claim to fame of this beach is that every year from early spring to midsummer four of the world’s eight turtle species swim to the beach to lay their eggs among the shells. They are the giant leatherback, the hawksbill, the olive riley and the green turtle.
This area ecosystem features many birds ideal for birdwatchers. As you may see this beach is not great for swimming but rather for an adventure into Ecotourism. Do not explore the area by yourself. Seek help for the experts.
Number 63 Beach one of Guyana Beaches
This is one of the Caribbean’s longest beaches located near Corriverton at the mouth of the Corentyne River in the area of Berbice, near the border with Suriname.
It is a popular beach for locals during the weekends, which come here to have a good time of games and food and of course some swimming.
There are certain facilities as changing rooms and donkey carts pass along with refreshments. The new Berbice River Bridge now makes it much easier to get to Corentyne and ultimately to the beach.
Essequibo River in Guyana third largest in South America
The Essequibo River is the third largest river in South America. As it nears the Atlantic, the mouth widens to 32 Km, and hundreds of islands dot the river landscape.
The river offers three beach options, one close to the ocean, and two further inland.
Bartica the Gateway to Guyana's Interior
Located on the north side banks of the Essequibo River it is known as the “Gateway to Guyana’s Interior”. Bartica is a small town of just 10,000 residents, on the banks of the river.
It is the venue for the annual regatta in March, attracting thousands of revelers who camp on the banks of the river to watch the races.
Saxacalli Beach on the Essequibo River
This is another beach on the Essequibo River, 40 Km from Parika and 80 Km from Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.
It is one of the best inland beaches of this small country. It also features the Saxacalli Rainforest Centre where you may take guided hikes or canoe rides up the river. Several tour companies organize day excursions from Georgetown to the beach and nearby Marshall Falls.
For more information visit Guyana Tourism website
Emancipation Day in Hamburg Beach on Tiger Island
It is located on Tiger Island one of the islands on the river. It is a popular beach with locals that gather here for picnics and parties.
Every first Monday in August, more than 15,000 visitors unite for a grand Hamburg beach party in celebration of Emancipation Day.
Families and friends gather on this fun filled day to enjoy good music, games, and a refreshing dip in the cool water.
Map of Guyana and its neighbors
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