The Georgetown, Guyana Sea Wall

Given that the entire city of Georgetown, Guyana is built along both a major river and the Atlantic Ocean, the fact that it is below water is something of a challenge for the locals. They’ve managed to do a pretty good job dealing with the problem. Houses are built up on stilts and the canals do a pretty good job of draining out the rains that come in to town. Still, with the Atlantic Ocean bearing down on you a couple canals isn’t the solution to the problem.


For the folks of Georgetown the solution is the sea wall. Essentially a huge embankment running most of the length of town, the sea wall is first and foremost a protection against the elements. But it serves another significant purpose, too. It is a gathering point for folks in town. Most days it is rather barren; with no shade to offer it is brutally hot out there. The area isn’t particularly lovely. There may be a couple folks walking by or harvesting coconuts that are washing up on the shore but it is not a particularly social scene. Lots of empty benches out there.


IMGP4481But as the sun goes down the area picks up some crowds. Come Sunday evening, the crowd balloons to roughly ginormous. Merchants of every type show up to hawk everything from trinkets to trampoline rides to a wide variety of food. It is the collective experience of the city moving to the coast for the evening. Benches that sit empty most every day are suddenly packed with families enjoying the sea breeze or couples out for a date.Definitely an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours on a Sunday evening.

With a rather limited number of options for true sights to see in Georgetown the sea wall is definitely worth stopping by. Just avoid it mid-day when there isn’t much to see and the weather is likely to get the best of you.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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