Caribbean Tourism

Venezuela

Festivals

Isla de Margarita Many on the island, including 16-26 March at Paraguachí (Feria de San José); 27 July at Punta de Piedra; 31 July (Batalla de Matasiete) and 14-15 August (Asunción de la Virgen) at La Asunción; 8-15 September at El Valle; 4-11 November at Boca del Río, 4-30 November at Boca del Pozo; 5-6 December at Porlamar; 27 December-3 January at Juan...

Flora & Fauna

Despite the property boom and frenetic building on much of the coast and in Porlamar, much of the island has been given over to natural parks. Of these the most striking is the Laguna La Restinga. Launches provide lengthy runs around the mangrove swamps, but they create a lot of wash and noise. The mangroves are fascinating, with shellfish clinging to the...

Entertainment - Isla de Margarita

Mosquito Coast Club Mosquito Coast Club, behind Hotel Bella Vista. Disco with genuine Venezuelan feel, good merengue and rock music, bar outside. Also does excellent Mexican meals (beware of overcharging on simple items like water). Village Club Discothèque for singles, Village Club, Av Santiago Mariño. Recommended for good music with a variety of styles...

Diving & Marine Life

The Venezuelan Islands are fast becoming new dive destinations with sites found off Margarita, La Blanquilla, Los Testigos, Las Frailes and Los Roques. There is good snorkelling and diving off Cubagua on a sunken barge and a ferry with cars still inside. At Farallón, near Pampatar, there is an underwater religious statue, large brain coral, large sea fans...

Beaches & Watersports

Apart from the shopping, what attracts the holidaymakers from Venezuela and abroad are the beaches: long white stretches of sand bordered by palms, but rather hot, with little shade (sunscreen essential). Nude sunbathing is forbidden. Topless bathing is not seen, except at some resort pools and beaches, but the tanga (hilo dental – dental floss) is fairly...

Accommodations - Los Roques

On Gran Roque AL Canto de la Ballena, on the seafront, T302420. Full board, excellent food, relaxed, fans, can pay with travellers’ cheques. AL pp Posada Bora La Mar, T02-2385408. 4 basic rooms, with bathroom and ceiling fan, run by María Agustí, good food. There are many other posadas, ranging from D per person to LL. These include: Las Palmeras and Natura...

Accommodation - Mochima

C Servicios Turísticos Gaby, at end of road with its own pier next to sea. A/c or fan, breakfast available, lovely place, take guests to islands for US$3-4 per person. C Posada de los Buzos, opposite embarcadero. Nearby is D Puerto Viejo, mini-apartments for 2, cooker, fridge, restaurant. E Posada Beatriz, run by Sr Juan Remez. Fan, use of kitchen. D Sr...

Accommodation - Isla de Margarita

La Asunción B Ciudad Colonial, C La Margarita. Upmarket, nice. D de la Asunción, C Unión, 2 blocks from Plaza Bolívar. With bath, a/c, TV, fridge (rooms with balcony cost more but face noisy road, rooms without window cost less). Pampatar AL Flamingo Beach, T624822, F620271. 5-star, all-inclusive, food, drinks, entertainment, service, taxes, casino, good...

Accommodation & Places to Eat

A La Garza, Av Principal, T86711. Attractive, pool, restaurant, full board, cheaper without, comfortable, popular, post box in lobby, daily collections, changes cash. A Náutico, T86024. Friendly, clean, including breakfast, dinner and trip to islands, good meals, fans, popular. A Parador Manaure, Mariño T86121, F86569. Sharing apartments for 5, clean, small...

Accommodations

Hotels Fairmont International, Torre Capriles, Planta Baja, Plaza Venezuela, Caracas, T7828433, F7824407, will book hotel rooms both in Caracas and in other towns, where they have 102 hotels on their books. All, except luxury class hotels charge officially controlled prices. Camping In Venezuela camping is a popular recreation, spending a weekend at the...

Tourist Information

Local Tourist Office Corpoturismo, Apartado 50.200, Caracas, main office for information is Unatur, floor 35, Torre Oeste, Parque Central, T5749553/5765696. The tourist office at the international airport has good maps, helpful; some English spoken, open 0700-2400; tourist office at national terminal open 0700-2100. When manned both offices are useful, will...

Communnication

Phoning Details Porlamar: International phone code: 095 Gran Roque international phone code: 02 Tucacas: International phone code: 042 Telephone Services All international and long distance calls are operated by CANTV and can be dialled direct. Major cities are linked by direct dialling (Discado Directo), with a three-figure prefix for each town in...

Getting There

From Europe: British Airways fly from London to Simón Bolívar, the international airport for Caracas three times a week direct. There are also services from Paris (Air France), Amsterdam (KLM), Madrid (Iberia), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Rome (Alitalia), and Lisbon (TAP). From North America: Direct flights with American Airlines (New York, Dallas, Miami),...

Before Travelling

Also see "Getting Around", and "Getting There" for more detailed travel information. Climate Tropical, with little change between season. Documents Entry is by passport and visa, or by passport andtourist card. Tourist cards (tarjetas de ingreso) are valid only for thoseentering by air and are issued by most airlines to visitors from: Andorra, Antigua and...

The Venezuela Island

The Venezuela Island When the Spaniards landed in East Venezuela in 1498, in the course of Columbus’ third voyage, they found a poor country sparsely populated by Indians who had created no distinctive culture. Four hundred years later it was still poor, almost exclusively agrarian, exporting little, importing less. The miracle year which changed all that was 1914, when oil was...