"Puerto Colombia-- beach culture" Choroní by Athensfilippos

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Puerto Colombia--the town

Unlike what lonely planet says there aren't many tourists here--i think like a maximum of 5%. It's a tiny colored village 1km away from Choroni. Even if there are more Posadas than houses it never gives u the feeling of being touristy, on the contrary, it's more like a local guys vacations spot.
Plenty of gourmet restaurants, yes in plastic chairs but still with that special care/touch. No need to mention them since u'll run on them. Prices aren't that cheap there compared to the rest of the country, prepare to pay 200blv (30euros-2persons) if u enjoy ur pina colladas too. Order a paila!!
Plenty of cheap eat houses (can't call them restaurants) around the village with very affordable prices (5euros p/p).

There're 2 local bars too. Ask around and they'll tell u.

What i liked most though was that beach culture spread around Puerto Colombia, laid back, no shirts, hanging around on the waterfront, relaxed and the superbly beautiful local beach (Playa Grande). It felt like a place to stay for long. Also, surprsisingly everything was open until really late (the bars even later), which made me feel more like home :)

Playa Grande--the local beach

This is the main attraction! A wonderful, picturesque, a kilometer wide, golden sand beach, surrounded with palm trees!! What more can u ask for?
When we went they had waves and everyone was playing around with them and can totally spend ur whole day fighting against them! The waters did stay crystal blue though.
The sands quality is so pure that i've never felt before, and trust me i'm from greece and i've been to myriads of beaches before.
I'd recommend to reach the far end of the beach and lay under the palm trees and on top of this amazingly thick and fresh sand.
Of course there're plenty of umbrellas to rent (30-40blv) in case it rains (and u know it will eventually). Passers by sell food, sunglasses and the rest and there're tons of kids, but still this is a long beach and there's plenty of space for everyone!

Getting there

There's no easy way of getting there. Yes, it's only four hours from Caracas and u can take a taxi or a bus (u have to change to maraccay), but the road from Maraccay to Puerto Colombia is an experience by itself!
You climb a mountain and then descend it and then climb it again and then descend it. This mountain road can hardly fit one car and yes you will notice when the bus/taxi driver hits the breaks, gets out of the car and tries to negotiate about how to move on cause there isn't any road space left. Do take ur sea-sick pills if ur sensitive and i mean it!
To top the above let me add that the mountain is actually a cloud forest--meaning that it's a forest inside clouds and o'boy doesn't that mean tons of rain! :)
But, honestly it was a great ride, nothing happened and we loved the emotional contrast between the rainy panic attack on the way to puerto colombia and the beautiful sun in the village--as if this was another world. Unbelievable that an hour away the rain was freaking out!!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing beach, beach culture, nice food
  • Cons:The drive from Maraccay to Puerto Colombia
  • In a nutshell:For a cool pina colada and an amazing beach
  • Last visit to Choroní: Aug 2009
  • Intro Written Sep 6, 2009
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Sounds nice to stay in a place with jacuzzi and private garden (even if it is small)!

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