General information

Islas Margarita belongs geographically to Venezuela. The national language is Spanish. Islas Margarita and the two offshore islands Coche and Cubagua is located approximately 40 km from the mainland Venezuela. The capital is La Asunción. Isla Margarita consist of two parts, the eastern part of the island is lively and lush. The western part is nearly deserted. Very important: Isla Margarita does not belong to hurricane region!

Arrival

You arrive via Caracas to which many flight connections are available. The onward journey takes place with Venezuelan airlines to Porlamar.

Best time to travel

Due to stable temperatures you can visit Islas margarita all-season. The island is located outside hurricane region! It is extremely crowded during semana santa, Easter week, then the locals come from the mainland to the island.

Get In

As tourist from the EU, US and Canada you do not need a visa. This is only necessary if you are entering via a third country. You need a at least six-month valid passport. In the airplane you get your entry card. Take good care since you may need the green double when leaving the country.

Money

Since January 1, 2008 Venezuela has a new currency, the Bolivar Fuerte (BsF) and replaces the Bolivar (Bs). For your travel we recommend cash and credit card.

Health Care

Vaccinations are not compulsory for Venezuela. The common protection given by vaccination such as polio and tetanus should be checked. If you plan jungle trips on mainland your doctor gives you information about possible vaccinations which might be necessary. A timely foreign health insurance is important. Diseases can be avoided when following some precautionary measures, i.e. you should drink no tap water but only bottled mineral water. Ice cubes normally are made out of mineral water. As it is in all tropic countries you should be careful with salads and ice cream.
Don’t underestimate the Venezuelan sun. She is very intensive and a couple of minutes might be enough to get a severe sun burn. Therefore a sun protection with a high factor and some headgear are essential.

Security tips

Please store your money inconspicuously. Portion your money in smaller amounts, so you don’t need to unpack the whole bundle. Bigger amounts, valuables and important documents belong into the hotel safe.
What you should not forget:

  • Don’t change money on the street and with strangers
  • Expensive items, e.g. camera etc. should be carried inconspicuously
  • Never leave your luggage unattended
  • Don’t leave anything in the car when parking
  • Avoid walking alone at night in dark areas

Transport

An inexpensive possibility to travel on the island is busses. Taxis are cheap and richly available especially in front of big hotels. For journeys you can also take a rental car. For tours to the mainland you use planes or ferries. The ferry port is Punta de Piedras. To most of the bigger Venezuelan cities there are daily connections from Islas Margarita. The prices for internal flights are reasonable.

Food and Beverage

On Isla Margarita you can choose from a variety of fish and seafood. Very recommendable is the Catalana, a local fish served whole and grilled. South America is known for its beef, who likes beef steak gets top quality here. But also chicken is a delicious and favorite meal. Parilla are mixed grill plates with a variety of meat, blood sausage and bratwurst. Arepas is a kind of pancake made of cornmeal and a preferred side dish. Empanadas are fried pastries and filled with chicken, fish, meat, ham, cheese. Of course there is also a huge Choice of fruits: Mangos, papayas, oranges, bananas, coconuts, passion fruits, melon, pineapples and guava. There are fresh fruit juices, served with Batidos (small pieces of fruit crushed with water and ice) or as milk shakes. Different soft drinks such as coconut milk you can buy at street booths. Beer is one of the most favorite alcoholic drink as well as rum mixed with cola, known as Cuba Libre, or processed for other delicious cocktails.


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