This is really a very off, off, off the beaten path tip. However, if you've come this far maybe you are will to go a little farther. Angel Falls is a well-known natural attraction and if you have the time and a health budget, a side trip to Angel Falls is a splendid place to splurge on.
While this side trip was prohibitively expensive the year we visited Isla de Margarita (nearly $500 pp as a ship excursion), I would have loved to take the short flight but somewhat complicated journey to see Angel Falls located in Canaima National Park, Bolivar state, near the border of Brazil. (check flights from Caracas)
You can than boast that you've seen the tallest falls in the world which drop almost 1 km!!
Quite a change from the dry landscape of most of the island, La Restinga is highly rated as an attraction very worthy of your time. A boat ride through the lagoon is said to be really delightful while it gives you the opportunity to see both interesting sea creatures as well as wildlife and birds: seahorses, tropical fish and birds to name a few.
According to one website (http://www.islamargarita.com/lagunalarestinga.htm), it is very inexpensive to hire a boat -- an hour tour with the boat owner/driver as guide will run approximately $16 pp and includes a stop at a beach. A half hour tour is also available, but does not include a stop at the beach. After this tour, visitors from this point, may continue on to Punta Arenas for a lunch by the ocean.
The Laguna is accessed near the bridge crossing over to the Peninsula Macanao.
Not everyone, but a lot of tourists arrive on Isla Margarita by cruise ship. My family and I could not agree on any excursions offered by the ship and didn't end up taking any ship excursion. So I had to content myself with the small ship terminal, the nearby, small beach hut with drinks and steel band music, and a little outside shopping area with Venezuelan crafts! However, if you'd like to explore the island but don't want to pay the high ship excursion prices, many drivers/guides will be waiting just outside the ship terminal and are willing to show you the island at a reasonable cost which was about $20 or less per person the year we visited --- prices change so this may be more by the time you visit.
There are also other nearby small islands to explore if you are willing to fly or take a ferry in some cases. A good site to check out is: http://www.carnaval.com/venezuela/margarita/airport/#Isla La Tortuga
Playa El Aqua is a real gem of a beach on Isla Margarita and probably its most popular beach. A 2 1/2 mile ribbon of flat, white sand with a fringe of lofty coconut palms make this the "picture perfect" beach. With over 320 days of sunshine, many websites state that you'll rarely be disappointed vacationing here. The temperatures range from approximately 78 - 88 degrees year round.
If you're the sporty type, at Playa El Agua you can partake in bungee jumping (only one of two beaches that offer this thrill), ultralight plane rides, jet skis, etc.
Facilities include: restaurants, chairs, umbrellas, bathrooms, showers and a minimarket.
Accommodations are also nearby. This island vacationers come mainly from Europe rather than the US.
Another great beach on Isla Margarita is Playa Parguito. This beach offers fewer selections in facilities such as shops and restaurants than Playa El Agua but is most popular with locals because it offers more privacy. This beach apparently has more wave action and is therefore better for surfers. This is the only other beach where bungee jumping is offered.
Facilities include: restaurants, beach chairs, umbrellas, showers & bathroom, shops and boogy and surfboard rentals.
This beach is really nice. it's long with coconus trees and restaurants and small shops/car rental agency. You have pretty much all you need on this beach which i found clean and nice.
you can rent "toldos" long chairs for about 15BF. Or you can just put a towel under a coconus tree...
No one talked to us about this beach and it doesn't even appear on our lonely planet or on footprint travel guides however, it's the best beach ever. It's typical (with colorfoul colonial houses), restaurants are amazing and cheaper than what you'll find on the island, the water is warm and the bay lovely.
We paid 40bolivares round trip from playa el agua and it's about a 10min walk. It's a taxi driver that recommended us this beach when we said we wanted to go to playa Guayacan (a lot more isolated and unsecure area). He recommended this beach as we were travelling with a baby and said that we would enjoy the facilities. We went back everyday for the rest of our trip....
Have you ever found yourself driving around in a strange place and realise that you need money? Probably for fuel at this point or a much needed bottle of water. So where are the cash machines? Well on this island they have the most helpful traffic signs I have ever seen in the world. They tell you where the next ATM cash machine is! Brilliant. Getting money for fuel, water, food and lodging - easy. Good job local sign people!
This is THE spot for windsurfers fanatics. The beach is full of them and they seem to have fun there... the hotels are made for them *equiped to safegard their equipement etc...
For us... who just wanted to seat somewhere and enjoy the beach and the view, it was nice. The sea is quieter than in other parts (no waves especially compared to playa el agua) and the sand white.
You can rent a "toldo" for 30bolivares Fuertes
Taxi fare from the capital 30 bolivares fuertes/ 60bolivares to playa el agua
The fortin excellent place to see the sunset. There are little children that offer to tell you the history of the place. If you give then a tip the will call the story of the name of Juan griego and the Batalla de Matasiete.
El fortín excelente lugar para ver el atardecer. Alli los niños les ofrecen contarle la histora, diga que si. Por una pequeña propina sabrá porqué Juan Griego se llama así, y que fue la batalla de Matasiete.
A very white Beach, very very Nice, the sand is of shells, has services of awnings and restaurants.
In order to arrive a boat are two ways, one it is takings a boat from La Restinga National park and the other it is by Macanao with the car, the road it is sand and rustic e way but the landscapes are very pretty.
Una Playa muy blanca, bellisima, la arena es de conchas de ostras, tiene servicios de toldos y restaurantes
Para llegar hay dos formas una tomas un bote donde te pasean por el parque Nacional con el carro se puede llegar por macanao el camino es rustico pero la los paisajes son muy lindos.
You must not leave the island with out going to see the sunset at Juan Griego, got to point view that it is a old castle were you will watch a incredible sunset.
No debes perderte antes de irte la puesta del sol en Juan Griego, hay un mirador que es un viejo castillo donde puedes ver una increíble puesta del sol.
Located behind Airport, about 5 minutes drive. Playa el Yaque it been look for lovers of windsurf. It has much wind and calm waters and not so deep thus it does one of best seven beaches of the world for the practice of aquatic sports like windsurf and kite surf.
You have a variety of hotels in next to the sea All the hotels are related to windsurf and kitesurf, each one has its trainer, equipment to rent, classes for advanced basic, for all that wants to practice of windsurf and kitesurf.
The Yaque has been scene of an international competition of windsurf
Ubicada detrás del aeropuerto de Margarita, a unos 5 minutos del mismo. Buscada tanto por los amantes del windsurf. Tiene mucho viento y aguas tranquilas y poco profundas por lo cual la hace una de las mejores siete playas del mundo para la práctica de deportes acuáticos como el windsurf y el kitesurf.
Tienes una variedad de hoteles en la horilla del mar Todos los hoteles están relacionados con windsurf y el kitesurf , cada uno tiene su entrenador, equipos para alquilar, clases basicos avanzados, para todo al que quiera practicar del windsurf y el kitesurf
El Yaque ha sido escenario de una competencia internacional de windsurf.
Parguito Beach is full with young people and surf. It Is very pretty, at the end of the beach there is a small hill that can climbed and have very nice view of all the beach and the Tirano area. There are servicies of restaurant and umbrellas and chair.
Playa Parguito es una playa de jóvenes y de surf. Es muy linda, al final de la playa hay una pequeña colina que se puede escalar de donde tienes una linda vista hacia la playa y hacia el Tirano. Tiene servicios de restaurante, toldos.
For those of you who have never had a chance to learn and would like to try the wonderful experience in Scuba diving. Ecobuzos in Margarita Island offers a short Intro to a diving course of two hours, after words their instructors will be able to take you comfortably under water. And with total confidance into the wonderful world of reefs, sealife and shipwrecks seen through our National Park. They offer a great package designed for those who want to live the experience of diving in this Caribbean paradise! The course includes understanding the theory and basic training a diver practices, plus the basic rules of diving with the familiarisation and use of the equipment and development of several habit's that guarantee a comfortable and safe dive and the whole time with an instructor at your side, to increase your confidence and enjoyment.
You can learn more about their excursions trips or make reservations here at this link:
Also don't miss Laguna la Restinga National Park: Local watercraft wooden boats leave from Embarcadero El Indio for the park, which encompasses more than 25,000 labyrinthine acres of wetlands. Wind through the mangroves to the island's longest beach and its best $1 oyster lunch. You can contact Crusin N Style Tours to book this excursion. email@example.com