My Dad (The Opera Singer) who lives in dry, arid Los Taques, warned me that there would be some mosquitos in Chichiriviche as there is so much water in that area.
During the day, there were none around that I could see, but we took precautions at dusk. We made sure we got back to the hotel (via the mangroves again) at a reasonable time and before the little buggers came out. (In a boat in swamp-like surrounds, in beachwear, is not the place to be at dusk if you want to avoid mosquitos)!
I had a herbal anti mosquito from uk store Boots. It did the trick and I didn't receive one bight. Brother No1 wasn't quite so liberal with the repellent and he suffered a few bights. Sister No1 and the Small Person acquired a few tiny bights that looked like gnat or midge bights rather than mozzy ones.
Either way you look at it, take a large bottle and protect yourself, although there didn't seem to be many of them, there were definitely a few sneaky ones about at night.
I always travel with some good quality lavender oil and sprikle the sheets with that before sleeping. Also handy, a non-chemical sun lotion from Neals Yard that contains citronella. Apparently, mosquitos do not like Aloe Vera or garlic from the region you are staying in either. (Eat loads, it works)! Of course, there are also the plug-in or candle burning repellents for the home, but I have truly found the natural based ones, the most effective.
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be careful on weekends...
Be careful on weekends... it can get very crowded. If it's a long weekend (like the one I was there, before a National Holiday) then it's murder... you can play the game: find a little stretch of sand where you can lay down. Hard game. The whole place is dotted with large local families out for a day of sun and (apparently and especially) of alchohol. Add that at least half of them bring a tent and you have the picture. It's slightly less crowded in the water, but it can still be nightmarish.Oh, and add the fact that there's pickpockets everywhere on those weekends days...
Take with you Cash - BOLIVARES
It is important to take cash or checks, since you do not find many places that accept credit cards and there are no banks (even in restaurant posadas they do not accet it)
There is a bank but I will not take the risk, it can have money not
Protect your self from the sun (use a sunblock 15 to 40) or in the afternon hide under the umblela or in a shadow, take it serious, the sun is very strong and without noticing it you can be burned and spent bad time.