The Isla de Margarita is the biggest of the Nueva Esparta state islands in Venezuela. It is one of the most beautiful places in the country and very popular with tourists.
Location and How to Get to This Specific Site
The island is off Venezuela’s northeast coast in the Caribbean Sea. From Venezuela, you can book a flight to the island. There are also ferry services you can avail of.
What to See There
Duty-free shopping, an exciting nightlife and the lovely scenery make it an enticing place. Goods are cheaper here than on the mainland. Electronics, food, drinks and other items cost less on the island than on Venezuela.
It has 106 miles of coastline and over 50 unique beaches. One of the most popular is Playa El Agua, thanks to its 4 km stretch of fine sand. Playa El Yaque is known as the windsurfers’ destination.
Other popular beaches at Isla de Margarita are Playa Punta Arenas, Playa Caribe and Playa Parguito. Also not to be missed is Playa Puerto Cruz.
Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1498. The Spaniards would eventually conquer the island and exact tribute to Spain. The increasing pirate attacks led to the fornication of the site. In 1814, the islanders fought successfully for their freedom. Thus, the island would become Venezuela’s first free territory.
The island is composed of two peninsulas joined by an isthmus. The whole area measures 1,020 sq km. The sections are held together by
an 11 mile spit of sand. The temperatures can reach 37 C.
Cost of accommodations range from the luxurious and ultra expensive to very affordable. There are lodgings to suit every budget. if coming in from Venezuela, the taxi ride to the airport will cost Bs. 150000. International departures will also have a tax. But this will probably be included in the ticket fare.
Some of the activities you can do are scuba diving, snorkeling and sunbathing on the beach. You can also go sailing. For those who want to relax, you can just sit back and watch the sun go down. To get a glimpse of its history, consider visiting the many museums, churches and fortresses around the island.
Isla de Margarita is known for its clear skies and constant winds. This makes parasailing possible. Extreme sports aficionados will the find setting ideal. For those who want to take it easy, horseback riding is a good option.