Isla La Tortuga
Isla La Tortuga is a deserted heaven halfway between Isla Margarita and Puerto La Cruz. It's 1 big island (the second biggest in Venezuela) and 3 smaller ones. The islands are uninhabited, with the exception of a handful of fishermen during the lobster season. Then you have the clear transparent waters... from turquoise to light green to white. And then it's perfect quiet and the fact that it's truly unspoilt. Beaches are white and as clean as they could be. There's no transportation there: you either need to rent a yacht or a private plane to get there - and once there you need to be completely self-sufficient, but it's real heaven!
Playa Colorada is a wonderful beach about 20 minutes drive from Puerto La Cruz. Because it's not located on an island, it's really easy to get there and - at weekends - it gets unbearably crowded. it's ok during the week, though... not many people, some stray dogs.. and those amazingly tall palm trees and orange-coloured sand. There are also some simple beach restaurants where you can buy drinks of food.
Mochima is the name of a National Park as well as the name of a location about 30 minutes from Puerto La Cruz. It's a tiny village with a couple of posadas and a pier (embarcadero) where you can rent a "passage out to one of the islands' beaches. The most famous ones, from Mochima, are called Islas de Plata. they are also the nearest to the shore. The landscape, as you can see, is impressive
Playa el Faro
Playa El faro is a nice little beach on one of the Islas Chimanas, just offshore from Puerto La Cruz. Most people get there by private boat, but it's also possible to have a lanchero take you there, from one of the city's piers. There are plenty of cute iguanas on the island, and a simple restaurant which serves delicious fish and seafood. Since msot people who come here are not exactly poor, the restaurant tends to be slightly overpriced. As for the beach: it's little but nice and white - and the water really clear and crispy. You can also walk arounf on the island - as far as the lighthouse (e faro), for great views