Isla Margarita Travel Guide

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Isla Margarita Things to Do

  • Playa El Aqua

    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...

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  • Canaima National Park & Angel Falls

    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...

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  • Laguna La Restinga National Park

    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...

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Isla Margarita Restaurants

  • Don't miss eating out at Sambil

    Cine Citta has great Italian food and they offer great service. Inside they have large flat screen TV's with ESPN on. I have enjoyed the food so much that usally when I or my friends decide to eat out they go there. They're very accomadating as well, last time we went .....there was 11 of us to sit and they gave us our own section with a long table...

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  • Go for the Lobster!

    If you want to watch a beautiful sunset, while you enjoy a fantastic dinner. This is one of the places you should visit. The restaurant has great atmosphere and great service. But you have to bring a lot of money, it is more expensive than other places around the island. I recommend to order tabel the day before, and the receptionist at your hotel...

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  • don't miss the pina colada

    It's absolutely wonderful m ade out of fresh tropical "pina". It costs 10bolviares and is excellent.The owner is german and the crowd is mostly foreigners and the music is old american 60's!!! Believe me, the pina colada will be the only local flavor but it's worth it :)La cucaracha is also a restaurant but it's expensive and not spectacular for...

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Isla Margarita Nightlife

  • Nite time entertainment in Margarita

    Senor Frog's does not close til 5 am. Most people get there around 12 am. People from all over the world hanging out. Great music - some Spanish, but mostly in English. A great night club to come and visit when here in Margarita Island.here is a few more places that have opened up within this past year 2005 Beer's Shop sportsbar : Avenida Bolivar,...

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  • quiet nightlife

    We were there before the holy week (spring break equivalent) and we were by ourselves at night time. Some other tourists were scared to walk around and enjoy the fresh evening breeze. Basically tourists just go for a cocktail or dinner but that's about it.However, taxis have confessed that it gets wild on spring break... they were expecting 100 000...

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  • BEACH PARTY

    VIP status to the best night clubs and strip clubs. No line ups, no cover charges, to fully experience Margarita. More information on playa el agua Parties and party Planning. Also, be sure to check out our Beach clubs.Travel with us, hassle free, on your next trip cool clothing at night, but very light...day extra smal bathing siut, or just nice...

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Isla Margarita Transportation

  • FROM or TO airport/ferry to playa el...

    We were afraid that the cost would be really high or that we would get the full tourist price but actually the taxi drivers charged us 60BF to take us from the ferry to playa el agua. Ok, he was driving like crazy with reagatton at full volume but he was nice and definitly enjoying his day as he voluntarily stopped at various points to show us nice...

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  • DRIVING ON THE RIGHT

    Sound’s easy enough. Drive on the right, overtake on the left. If you are driving here for just a day or two, be careful. In a lot of places cars build up a lot of speed and overtake in curves. Sensible precautions just about anywhere, but just be careful so you don’t get your holiday ruined.

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  • You said fast ferry?

    You have two alternatives to go to Margarita. The plane (especially if you go directly from Caracas) or the ferry that leaves out of Puerto la Cruz. You have two options: the fast or the slow/old one.For a little less that 50 000bolivares (25$ official rate) we had our one way trip to the island. It was pretty well organized to go on/off the ferry...

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Isla Margarita Shopping

  • Wonderful Handmade Crafts in Venezuela

    On our previous stop in Venezuela during which we visited Caracas, we purchased an interesting handmade terracotta art item which I have always loved. I was hoping to find more of these wonderful local crafts & I was not disappointed. Even though we were far from the nearest town, artisans had set up a little "art" market just outside the cruise...

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  • Charming Venezuelan Paintings

    Another young artisan was selling oil paintings of scenes typical of Isla Marguerita and Venezuela. I thought they were charming. They were just unframed canvases measuring about 4" x 3" so you could probably easily make frames if you so desired. This artisan also seemed thrilled to be selling his work and was very appreciative. He signed, dated...

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  • Shopping mall with everything

    Being used to Danish shopping centres I think this place is HUGE. In the middle of it you can have fastfood in one of the 28723 restaurants, no matter if you prefer burger, sushi or traditional Venezuelan food. I had a big plate of sushi for like no money... Everything, all kinds of brands from Nike to Nikon, all kinds of products from socks to...

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Isla Margarita Local Customs

  • IT MEANS PEARLS !!!!

    Margarita is not named after a pizza! Or a drink made with tequila. The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his 3rd voyage to the New World in 1498. He immediately discovered from the native Indians the source of its wealth – large natural pearls. He then named the island La Margarita - the Greek word for pearls. Then name was changed...

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  • THE TINY BIKINI - A TIP FOR MEN ONLY

    Well Gents, your probably would not believe me unless I had pictures. The ladies wear such small bikinis on the beach here that they are almost non-existent. This goes on all day, everyday. In case the sun and the view get you overheated, there are loads of places selling ice cold beer on the beach. Try not to stare too much – your eyes may fall...

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  • BIG OLD AMERICAN CARS

    You can tell that Venezuela is a major producer of oil and that the prices of petrol are cheap. The island is like a huge museum of the freakishly largest American cars ever produced. Cadillacs and Lincoln Town cars all have a new lease on life here. A typical Lincoln Town car is 5.9 meters (19 feet) and 2 metres wide 6 1/2 feet). Now imagine these...

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Isla Margarita Warnings and Dangers

  • Police-robbery

    We were at Isla Margarita in March 2008 and my husband was stopped by three policemen. He was walking along the the mainroad in Playa El Agua early in the evening. (he was not drunk)The policemen were looking for drugs and told him to spread his arms and legs and they empty his pockets. He had just two 20$bills and they took one of them. We were...

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  • be carefull w/ your change!

    We bought a 5blvF coconut on the beach and gave a 20bvF bill. The seller who apparently didn't have enough change went inside the restaurant we were at to supposedly make some change.... and never came back!!!!!The coconut turned expensive :)

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  • For your safety

    Be cautious. Watch what goes on around you. It's not a country that you can feel 100% comfortable walking the street, so be alert. If you are female, I would recommend that you take an escort with you. Do not even travel between the domestic and international terminals at the airport alone. People have been known to be robbed doing this.

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Isla Margarita Tourist Traps

  • Taxi Fares

    Please be aware that sadly some taxi's try to take advantage of you as a tourist too. They have regular fee's then TOURIST fee's. Which means they will try to get extra out of you if they can. Most of the taxi's at the Sambil mall the Luxor or Sambil ones ...it will have these names on their door's or roof taxi signs are nicer and they have a list...

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  • Becarefull with Ice Cream Sales in all...

    Please Be Carefully with the Ice Cream sales in all beach in Margarita because the price is 4 times higher that the other place. If do you like a rent a Car only rent in low season the price is better. Buy your food, ice cream, beer and all drinks in Supermarket like: Central Madeirense, SIGO, Rattan Hyper Market.

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  • PLAYA EL AGUA BEACH

    YOU CANT JUST GO TO BED AFTER THE TEPMTATION OF PLAYA EL AGUA DAY AND NIGHT. THE BEST WAY OF GETTING A NICE TOURUST VACATION IS BY GETTING A GUIDE AT THE STREET FOR FREE HE WILL TAKE YOU TO ALL THE PLACES OR GIVE YOU SOME ADVISES AND MAPS... IF YOU ARE THE EXPLORER KIND GO TO:ANGEL FALLSCHICHIRIVICHELOS FRAILESLOS CARACAS BAY BEACH.CHORONI

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Isla Margarita What to Pack

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    Thinking of peanut butter!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Because of our gradual distaste of the 'all-inclusive' diet at the resort, we later on wished we had taken some peanut butter on the trip! Nevertheless, it was a great trip, even the blizzard did not bother us (the photo is supposed to show my tan when we arrived back home!)

    Margarita now a memory!
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Isla Margarita Off The Beaten Path

  • Mangrove Swamp Tour

    Part of our boat-ride through the mangrove swamps near the western tip of the Island - a part of our Jeep tour trip package. I always love to see the closely packed mangroves, with their above ground roots and great foliage they remind me that I am definitely in the tropics! We saw a good assortment of wildlife too, including the usual crocs and...

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  • Bottles in the gutter

    While touring around Isla Margharita you'll notice how dirty it is. Due to the numerous people with alcohol problems the roads became a dump.Some people drink while driving and just throw their empty bottles on the side of the road. It tends to pile up and the broken glass is usually the cause of bushfires.

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Isla Margarita Sports & Outdoors

  • Windsurf ...kitesurf

    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. 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...

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  • Isla Margarita Golf Club

    Isla Margarita can boast of its own golf club and it can be quite an inexpensive day at the course for those so inclined! The Golf Club features 18 holes, par 70 costing only $36 ($10 for those under 17) for a round with scenic ocean and mountain views. Current information says you can rent an electric cart for $25; handcarts for $12 Calloway club...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Isla Margarita Favorites

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    On the Beach

    by Bwana_Brown Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Get out and tour around the Island a bit. It has a 3100 foot high peak, mangrove swamps, tropical forests and beautiful beaches. We also enjoyed a few excursions into the downtown area for shopping at the local flea-market. The resort had a shuttle-bus service that would do the required transportation at no charge. Photo of a day on the beach, instead of in the pool, just a few minutes away from the resort.

    Fondest memory: Another tip or two: My calling card worked without problems from downtown telephone booths in Porlamar and also the ATM card gushed out cash without problems! This is always nice.

    Porlamar Beach
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