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Isla Margarita Travel Guide: 88 reviews and 198 photos

Just Off the Coast...

NOTE (2015): Over the past several years, Isla Margarita has experienced a rise in crime against tourists including robberies and murders which have been reported by several media sources. It may be appropriate to suggest that tourists considering a visit to the island check for current information and travel advisories from their governments pertaining to the current situation on Isla Margarita and Venezuela as a whole.

Just off the coast of northern Venezuela lies Isla de Margarita. The combination of excellent beaches, sunny moderate temperature and affordability have combined to make sun-kissed Isla de Margarita a popular destination for North Americans and Europeans. Just 23 km from mainland Venezuela and 11 degrees north of the Equator, this island is a quiet respite for winter-weary northerners and sun-worshippers. Sheltered from storms and hurricanes ( the annual average rainfall is very low) and with the average temperature about 85 degrees, these conditions make for perfect beach weather most of the year! And Isla de Margarita has beaches by the dozens!

I had been aware of Isla Margarita for some time and had considered vacationing here for at least one week, but some how it never happened. We arrived here (April, 2003) aboard the MS Volendam and had only 1 day to see the island. Our ship docked at the remote Port of Guamache. For those like us who were not booking excursions, there were many taxi drivers and guides readily available to shore you their island.

A Few Facts...

Isla Margarita is part of the three-island Nueva Esparta State of Venezuela--the two other islands are Coche and Cubagua. Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1498 and the local natives, called "Guaigueries," were said to receive the conquering Spaniards with "open arms." What a rare thing! Venezuela's contribution of pearls represented almost a third of all "New World" tribute to the Crown of Spain.

In 1814, Isla de Margarita became the first free territory in Venezuela and is where Simon Bolivar (the "LIbertador") was first hailed as the leader of the new and independent republic.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:At the time of our visit, we found friendly people, wonderful native crafts, inexpensive, beaches
  • Cons:Crime has increased and robberies & murder of tourists have been reported.
  • Last visit to Isla Margarita: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 16, 2015
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Nice page

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Jun 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Thanks very much for your visit and ratings, Jim. Gee, you have the job I'd love to have -- freelance travel writer! Congratulations on having been published so frequently!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I love the different crafts - I can see I would also make a sizeable contribution to the economy if I were to visit here ;-)

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Sep 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Thanks for visiting this page Sarah! I was really surprised at the variety of arts & crafts here. Maybe there were actually typical of Venezuela but seemed very unique to me at the time.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    I've had an enjoyable virtual tour with you. Love what you bought at the craft markets, isn't it nice to buy something unique to bring home!

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Jul 31, 2013 at 6:50 AM

      Dee, thanks for visiting this page too! You're very kind. I wish we could have done more here, but the crafts were just great!

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    Excellent place, golfing, bungee jumping, Crusin-n-Style excursion, shopping, 320 days of sunshine, etc. ! Unfortunately, I have never been to this lovely island. Thank you for your Santorini visit. Best. L.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    This looks like a really nice island which has the added benefit of being off the normal storm and hurricane routes. (Now 88,340 views of this page! It must come up very prominently on some search engine.)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    So many great places to visit! Thanks for your story, Sylvia ....

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:37 AM

    I have been to Venezuela twice, but never made it to Isla Margarita. It looks like a lovely island!

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    What a stunning national park. Thats a huge waterfall, no wonder its the tallest. Great tips and on the excursions. What a paradise... Thanks Sylvia.:-)

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Excellent page about such an interesting country. WoW: 69,374 views of this page! Thanks Sylvia for sharing!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Thanks for bringing back some great memories of Margarita! My wife and I had a great week on the island, including that National Park with a boat ride you mention.


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