Sports are the primary source of recreation in Suriname, with soccer, basketball, and cricket being the most popular. Fishing in the Suriname and Saramacca Rivers is also popular. Most visitors need a valid passport and an onward ticket, but no visa. In 1998, there were approximately 54,500 tourist arrivals in Suriname with receipts totaling $43 million. Hotel rooms numbered 1,276 that year.
In 2002, the US Department of State estimated the cost of staying in Suriname at $187 per day.