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Isla Margarita

Venezuela's Caribbean Escape

Isla Margarita is the most popular Venezuelan beach destination—a fact that has led to an unflattering abundance of large, Cancun-style beach hotels in the east coast city of Porlamar. Happily, this overdevelopment is somewhat concentrated; many of the island's other areas—such as the distant western beaches and fishing villages—are uncrowded, alluring, and easy to reach by rental car.

The island's northeast coast, beginning at El Tirano and arcing west to Playa Juangriego, is ringed with pale, palm fringed beaches where you can find a quiet parcel to swim, surf, sunbath and sample fresh Caribbean seafood. Farther to the west, on the sparsely populated Macanao Peninsula, you'll discover quiet beaches and the Restinga Lagoon National Park—home to dolphins, sea turtles, parakeets and pelicans. Playa El Yanque, south of the island's airfield, is a world-class wind and kite surfing location.

Full-day boat tours are also available to the nearby Los Frailes Archipelago (north of Playa El Agua) and Isla Coche (south of Playa El Yanque). Here, visitors can enjoy sparkling sands, snorkeling and wind surfing.

Isla Margarita's climate is enviable; temperatures average 82°F with little variation. Precipitation is unlikely in most months, although light rain may fall from September to January. Peak vacation times include the December holidays, New Years week, Easter holy week and the month of August. Avoid those times, and you'll avoid most of the crowds.

Vacations to Isla Margarita can be combined with extensions to the tranquil archipelago of Los Roques (90 minutes by air) and the Venezuelan mainland (Caracas is 45 minutes by air).

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