Margarita Island

Margarita Island may not be as famous as other islands in the Caribbean, but it offers the same luxuries: sandy shores, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle that seems to dominate our daily lives. This island, made up of a pair of peninsulas and a connecting isthmus, is located off the northeastern coast of Venezuela in the state of Nueva Esparta. About six hours separate the island from the Venezuelan capital of Caracas or 40 minute flights. The islands of Trinidad and Tobago lie just to the west, connected by regular ferry and air service. Once you arrive on the island, you’ll find a long list of things to enjoy both on shore and off.

Margarita Island Cities & Attractions

Margarita Island Cities & Attractions
Margarita Island Cities & Attractions

The largest city on Margarita Island is Porlamar, home to just over 100,000 people during the summer. The population can dwindle in the wintertime, but the activity seldom does. Porlamar is home to some of the best shopping and restaurants on the island, along with two busy beaches. The airport and ferry terminal are just outside of town, and duty-free shopping is a popular pastime at both of these locations. Other nearby cities also have plenty of things to do. Several shopping malls are located in Pampatar, along with beaches and the San Carlos de Borromeo castle, which dates from the 17th century. A third city, La Asunción, is the seat of government for Nueva Esparta. Many visitors take the chance to visit La Asuncion's Santa Rosa castle, where they can soak up excellent views and get in touch with Margarita Island history.

Margarita Island Beaches

Margarita Island Beaches
Margarita Island Beaches

As expected for an island in the Caribbean, Margarita Island has some truly fantastic beaches. Like so many other Caribbean beaches, these tend to be long stretches of sand and surf where you can soak up the sun, relax, and have some fun. In total, some 50 beaches line the 106 miles of Margarita Island coastline. One of the most popular and appealing is Playa El Agua, which boasts 2.5 miles of golden-sand sheltered by palm trees. Many of the restaurants along these Caribbean beaches will provide service right on the sand. If you’re looking for more adventure at the beach, you’ll find that too along Margarita Island. Playa Parguito is popular for surfing, while Playa El Yaque is known for its windsurfing and kitesurfing. By day, Playa Galera is great for water skiing, and transforms into a wonderful place to watch the sunset each evening.

Margarita Island Vacation Rentals

Margarita Island Vacation Rentals
Margarita Island Vacation Rentals

One of the best things about Margarita Island is its strong tourism infrastructure without the high price tag to match. Many of the vacation rentals, resorts, and restaurants have prices that are much less than what you will find on mainland Venezuela and on other Caribbean islands. The options for vacation rentals are varied in terms of amenities, style, and prices. You’ll find everything from luxury condos on the beach to cozy bed-and-breakfast inns in town to go along with private villas and stylish townhouses.

Margarita Island Hotels & Resorts

Margarita Island Hotels & Resorts
Margarita Island Hotels & Resorts

For those who prefer the amenities of a resort or hotel, they will be pleasantly surprised by the choice of accommodations on Margarita Island. Like the vacation rentals, the hotels pack in a lot of value for the money. Some of the top-rated hotels on the island go for under $50 a night. That's a relative bargain for anyone looking to enjoy a budget-friendly vacation in paradise. For those who want a little more in the way of luxury, many international hotel companies have comfortable outposts on Margarita Island, including Best Western (pictured) and Wyndham.

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Margarita Island

Margarita Island

Margarita Island may not be as famous as other islands in the Caribbean, but ...

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