Isla de Margarita Journals

Isla Margarita

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A June 2002 trip to Isla de Margarita by getawayguy

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Quote: We chose this Caribbean island to use as a homebase from which to explore part of Venezuela and to see Angel Falls. We discovered much more than we expected. Isla Margarita truly is the "Pearl of the Caribbean".

Isla Margarita

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Overview

Marine Museum in Boca de Rio Photo, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
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The entire island is duty-free. They have all kinds of upscale stores and modern shopping malls that cater to tourists and other visitors from the South American continent. On Isla Margarita, be sure to visit La Restinga National Park and take a country tour through Juangriego and La Asuncion. There are many tours available, including flights to the continent, where you can stay overnight in the jungle and see the Orinoco River Delta, Canaima, Angel Falls, etc. The resort itself is spectacular, with nine pools, a casino, three restaurants, a man-made lagoon, a beautiful beach, and live entertainment every night. Quick Tips: A week is not enough time to take advantage of all the area has to of...Read More

Lagunamar Hotel Resort Casino

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Hotel | "Lagunamar Hotel Resort and Casino"

Lagunamar Hotel Resort Casino Photo, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
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Best Things Nearby:It is located on the beach and has its own private lagoon for boating, kayaking, windsurfing, and jet skiing. They have their own casino on the property. The entire island offers duty-free shopping. Best Things About the Resort:There are nine different swimming pools, including one designed for children, one with waterslides, an Olympic size lap pool and one with a waterfall. The resort is optionally all-inclusive. If you plan to stay at the resort (very easy to do) and have all your meals there, it's relatively inexpensive. However, with so many other exciting things to do away from the resort, you can opt to pay only for the meals you eat in each of the thr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

Lagunamar Hotel Resort Casino
Caserio Guerra Via Playa Guacuco
Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
(5829) 52622005

Canaima, Venezuela Photo, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
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On Saturday morning a van picked us up at our resort, and after making a couple more stops to gather other adventurers took us to the island airport, where we boarded a Rutaca Airline plane and flew approximately two hours to the Orinoco Delta on the South American continent. A snack was provided on the plane. At the delta we took a two-hour motorboat ride on the Mananao River to our camp. The accommodations were in hand-built thatched huts, each with two twin beds, shower, sink, toilet, and two chairs. The huts were built over the river on stilts and connected to each other and to the food service area by wooden walkways. Our bilingual (English and German) guide and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

Restinga National Park

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Attraction | "A Visit to La Restinga National Park"

Restinga National Park Photo, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
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Bridging east and west, La Restinga National Park occupies a narrow isthmus (a restinga is a sandbar) between what once were islands. Its attractions are broad: 10,700 hectares of sea, shore, lagoons, channels and tangled mangroves. A boat trip through the channels to the beach is well worthwhile. The park entrance is 36.5km from downtown Porlamar, where a por puesta line runs until 8pm. Linea La Restinga starts near the waterfront, Calle Marino between La Marina and Maneiro. Avoid going on a Sunday if possible as return transportation is scarce in the afternoon. The embarkation pier, Embarcadero El Indio, is 350m from the road. At the pier’s entrance, you pay a park fee of $1. Scores of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2004

Restinga National Park

Isla de Margarita, Venezuela

On Foot in Porlamar

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Attraction

The Circus Comes to Porlamar Photo, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
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Porlamar is the largest city on Margarita Island. When we were there, the Venezuelan government was somewhat unstable. Their currency was fluctuating up and down. The entire island was duty-free. We looked like tourists and were often approached on the street by people who wanted to exchange their money for U.S. dollars at a rate that seemed too good to be true. We refused to get involved and later discovered how lucky we were to have made that choice. Back at the resort, we talked with people who had jumped at the chance to increase their funds, only to discover they had been cheated by con men whose hands were quicker than the eyes of the victims. The rest of our tour of the city was much ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2005