In Los Roques there are no hotel, only posadas to stay. There are mainly two kinds of posadas: italian and venezuelan posadas. Former are prettier (better decorated), give better food (not only fish) and usually offer all-inclusive (night, meals, trips to nearest islands, beach umbrella and seat) treatment. The latter usually offer kind of bed & breakfast accomodation (dinner is usually included too); rooms are essential but usually clean, meals are usually made up of fried fish.
OH yes.. another difference is price! Italian posadas ask ususally not less than 100 USD p.p. while you can find venezuelan posadas for 30 USD...
There is no water in Los Roques: a tank truck brings water to posadas about twice a week. Be prepared to have showers under an almost drop to drop water "jet"!!
Yes. In Los Roques it is possible to camp for free on the "recreative" islands of the Marine Park, that is: Madrisqui, Francisqui, Crasqui and Nordisqui. You just have to ask a 8 day permission to Inparque office (located in Gran Roque, at the end of the pueblo, coming from the airport). On these islands there are no facilities, all you can find is a bar / resturant where you can eat during the day, and maybe buy some water (elsewise you have to bring water from Gran Roque). If you camp, remember that you are in a National Camp (a Paradise, I'd say), so bring away your litter and respect that wonderful nature!
One of the venezuelan posadas on Plaza Bolivar. Dona Magalys is very friendly and kind. Rooms for 2 to 4 persons, one of the cheapest accomodations in Los Roques (expect to pay ~ 75000 Bs per person a day, including breakfast and dinner). You can choose among rooms with windows and fan or rooms with A/C (+10000 Bs.). Rooms are OK, colored and clean. Dining room is incredibly hot, because rooms A/Cs discharge hot air in the central corridor... Another problem is noise, since in the Plaza there is music and people until 1 a.m. (At least!).
You will find Posada Roquelusa at the end of Gran Roque pueblo, heading for Inparque office. This is a venezuelan posada, thus much cheaper than italian ones. Kind owners, the three daughters take care of guests, cleaning, cooking and serving dinner; a parrot called Pancho is every visitor's mascotte. If you can, avoid room n°8. It's the only one with A/C, but it's too small for two people occupacy and there is no window.
Dinners are OK, expect to eat lots of fried barracudas!
Let's face it... there's no cheap accommodation in Los Roques - and the cheapest posadasturn ut to be unbearably hot, with no air-conditioning and often not even a fan. And Los Roques is hot as hell. All other posadas are much cooler and unbearably expensive. Most people come on a package tour, but if yu come on your own, do it the way we did it: look for a posada you fancy and if they have free rooms, just insist about not paying the full price (the package). Instead of the official 150 dollars all inclusive we ended up paying 65 dollars for the bed. We organised the meals ourselves and the trips: all in all we got by paying 100 dollars a day, which is a good price for Los Roques.
The posada is tiny, only 6 rooms - and it has hot water, which is rare on Gran Roque. There's two patios where meals are served and a cosy living-room. The rooms are nice and quite spacious, with fan, air-conditioning, TV and a safe.
Very good service, nice peolple, the instalation are very good and very clean.
The food it is excelent!!!!!!
The bed have mosquiteros (help keeping mosquiros away)
A couple of years ago, the original builtders-owners of this "posada" (Mr.and Mrs. Di Prisco) sold it. It was the finest place to arrive in Los Roques and the most expensive one as well. $ 200 per day, per person, that included all of what you can think off: gourmet meals, drinks, boat rides to the keys, fishing, picnics, snorkeling devises, hot water, wonderfull rooms (4 of them facing the beach), privacy, silence and a long etc of pleasure and confort. It was attended by its owners and it was simply awesome.
But now it has new owners. So is time to find out how is it right now. I'm afraid I cant do that. Our currency has devaluated way too much. One dollar = 1820 bolivares. But dollars are sold at 2500, 3000, 3500 bolivares and more!!!
I cant afford paying 200 $ per day any more.
credit cards accepted.
3 meals included in the $ 110 price.
great cakes, breads and dinners.
The owners, Josefina and Isabel Tinoco, make you feel like part of the family.
They have a big "patio" and a "zen" garden.
Posada designed by Fruto Vivas, a very famous venezuelan architec.
credit cards accepted.
Carmen is the chef. And she is well known for the dishes that she cooks.
High walls and celings. Fresh. Ventilated
credit cards accepted.
If she is home -and if she is willing to- she will prepare delicious meals for everybody.
If she is not in town, guest rather eat somewhere else.
Is also cheap, but is not the cheapest one.
bed, breakfast, dinner.
accepts credit cards.
Is the oldest "posada in town". 32 years old...
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