Being a commercial and government center, the Port of Georgetown does not hold a lot of interest to tourists. Most foreign visitors to the Port of Georgetown are there for business, or they are on their way to adventures in Guyana’s interior rainforests.
However, the Port of Georgetown has several markets and some colonial buildings in town that are worth a visit, particularly on Main Street.
A very popular local hot-spot in the Port of Georgetown is the party mansion, Class Act, owned by American movie star Pauly Shore. Located on an old mangrove that was drained to develop the property, Class Act is an “invite only” party scene during January and February when Shore is in town. Occasionally, tickets are available to locals, and they’re a much sought-after prize.
The Port of Georgetown’s Umana Yana was built by the Wai Wai indigenous people for the 1972 Foreign Ministers’ Conference. Today, the palm-thatched building is a popular attraction. The Port of Georgetown’s Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology contains relics and artifacts of the Wai Wai culture.
Built in 1833, the neo-classical Parliament Building was the site where Guyana’s freed slaves purchased their first land. Queen Elizabeth II spoke there during her 1994 visit to the Port of Georgetown, and the Parliament meets here.
While visitors to the Port of Georgetown must be on the watch for muggers, the Old Stabroek Market is a striking cast-iron building that offers a wide range of goods for shoppers. It also has an impressive clock tower.
The Port of Georgetown’s Botanic Gardens contain lovely Victorian bridges and pavilions, palms, and tropical plants that include the Victoria Regia Lily, the country’s national flower.
Outside the Port of Georgetown, visitors will want to see the Kaieteur Falls on the Potaro River. Five times higher than the Niagara Falls, the Kaieteur tumbles almost 300 meters from a sandstone table into a deep river valley.
The route to the Timberhead Resort in the rainforest near the Demerara River goes through Amerindian villages, forests, and savannas. The Resort has hosted Queen Elizabeth II and former President Jimmy Carter.