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Drifting Through Life...The Morrocoy Cays

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A March 2004 trip to Morrocoy by Jose Kevo

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Quote: Unless planning to head off-shore to the Los Roques archipelago or Margarita Island - both rather costly, Morrocoy National Park is your best bet for decent, convenient beach along Venezuela's Caribbean coastline.Planned itinerary only called for one day of explorations...though I could've stayed and played for much longer.

Drifting Through Life...The Morrocoy Cays

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Overview

Taxi Stand Photo, Morrocoy, Venezuela
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Keys to the Cays: If you think maps of the National Park look expansive, wait until heading out through numerous small islands and passageways, mangrove forests and natural refuges ringed by mainland mountain vistas to the west and wide-open Sea to the east. These unique combinations of natural elements are definitely the highlights! Life's a Beach: Who knew that for two weeks in Venezuela, my only dips in the Caribbean would come from this locale? Leaving footprints along several beaches, there were many qualities not overly impressive. But compared to previous and eventual findings, Morrocoy is worth taking the good with the not so good as entries detail. The ...Read More

Morrocoy National Park

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Attraction | "In Search Of The Caribbean"

Morrocoy National Park Photo, Morrocoy, Venezuela
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After a disappointing public beach experience on Cayo Punto Bravo, I knew all those postcards sold in town had to come from some place better. What was eventually found across Morrocoy Cays is likely a highlight for Venezuela travelers in search of beach, but understand now: they're not the islands we've been spoiled by in the actual Caribbean! Cayo Paicías is the Park's second most popular destination, closest off the mainland. The southern part is the most developed area at Playa Paicías with sandy white beach expanses extending around the tip from ...Read More

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Morrocoy National Park

Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela

Cayo Sombrero

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Attraction | "Now We're Talkin'...Cayo Sombrero"

Cayo Sombrero Photo, Morrocoy, Venezuela
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As the most popular destination within the National Park, heading for Cayo Sombrero was something like a lane less rush hour through numerous channels and wide-open expanses of Caribbean. With every type of watercraft imaginable racing at different speeds towards the same Hot Spot, this should hint consideration of blessing or curse with the numbers you'll find once arriving. Cayo Sombrero is actually closer to the town of Chichiriviche, but arriving from Tucacas provides a better boat tour along the way, as well as easy access to other drop-off spots. The round-trip cost, which can be split between up to seven people, was Bs70, 000 ($35) and well worth the price. The ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2004

Cayo Sombrero

Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela

Morrocoy National Park

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Attraction | "The Fragileness of Natural Significance"

Morrocoy National Park Photo, Morrocoy, Venezuela
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Venezuela may have 43 National Parks, but don't be surprised to find their "natural" existence as challenged as the local population. Include the corrupt government's other priorities in a country plagued with pollution, and you'll quickly realize how delicate and threatened ecosystems are; Morrocoy no different. Somewhere in the mid-to-late nineties, an oil refinery had a major leak affecting this entire coastal region. Not only did the government deny problem, they did little to clean it up either! I'd already departed when realizing I'd forgot to ask André for snorkel gear since I wasn't taking his organized excursion. Turns out, it was just as well. It's estimated that 85-90% of t...Read More

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Morrocoy National Park

Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela

Chichiriviche - Source Of Great Debate

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Story/Tip

Waiting for Hire Photo, Morrocoy, Venezuela
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The bus had turned onto the final stretch of road heading towards Chichiriviche and I mentally questioned where all the school-uniformed teenagers were going to fit when pausing at the corner bus stop. The hullabaloo of their boarding was squelched from the pulsing stereo system and I went back to gazing out across the dried marshlands as the bus rolled onward. A tap on my shoulder startled me back to presence from the young kid eagerly beaming from the crowded aisle. It took a brief moment to register I'd seen him in the Cays the day before selling obleas on the beach. Digging through my pocket, I pulled out 500 bolívares to make up for his inability for previously making proper change, thanke...Read More

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Jose Kevo

Jose Kevo
Middle-of-Nowhere, Missouri

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