| By Lorraine Rivera
Just off the northern shore of Venezuela
lies Isla Margarita, or Margarita Island, one of the Caribbean's
finest vacation destinations. Take luxury resorts, shopping, fine
dining, and idyllic beaches and combine them with low costs in
comparison to other Caribbean islands, and you've got the winning
combination that is Isla Margarita.
can get to Isla Margarita by taking a ferry from Puerto La Cruz on the
mainland, or by taking a commuter flight from a larger airport.
Margarita's largest city, Porlamar, is a duty free shopping port, and
Venezuelans and foreigners like to take advantage of the great deals to
be found in the shops around the city.
Playa El Agua, Isla Margarita
views, good eats and a hopping nightlife makes Playa El Agua one of the
most popular beaches on Isla Margarita. Situated on the northern
end of the island, Playa El Agua offers more than two miles of sandy
beaches for visitors to enjoy.
Playa Puerto Cruz
Playa Puerto Cruz is another beautiful Isla Margarita beach to try.
Not only can you soak up the rays, but you can check out the
Punta Zaragoza lighthouse that stands guard here.
Playa La Caracola, Isla Margarita
to Porlamar, the island's biggest city, to enjoy Playa La Caracola
beach. Young adults flock to this beach, located in Porlamar's Costa
Azul neighborhood, drawn by the surf, sand and vibrant nightlife.
Playa El Yaque, Isla Margarita
appreciate the relatively calm, shallow water at Isla Margarita's Playa
El Yaque. Windsurfers love the winds that blow
steadily across the waters off this tranquil beach.
Parque Nacional La Restinga
Restinga National Park is not to be missed. Take a boat tour through
the park's canals to see the lush greenery and exotic tropical
creatures that call it home.Drive across the Macanao peninsula or travel by boat to reach it.
to the Hesperia Isla Margarita Golf Resort for a relaxing round of golf
on the island's only course, or make it your home base by staying
at the hotel.
Hesperia Isla Margarita Porlamar,
02 95 265-7371