Holidaymakers looking for an exotic and sun-filled vacation in the Caribbean should pay a visit to Margarita Island. This beautiful island is located a few miles from the coast of Venezuela and has many things for holidaymakers to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, cottages, apartments and B&Bs.
Margarita Island has many white sandy beaches including Playa del Agua and Playa Parguito, providing a perfect location for sunbathing. Tourists can enjoy taking a swim in the warm Caribbean Sea. Watersports are very popular here with activities such as windsurfing, kite surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Golf enthusiasts can head for Isla Margarita Golf Club on the northwest coast, which is the location of the island’s only 18-hole course. Visitors can enjoy the very scenic views by hiking, cycling or horse riding as well as by jeep. Holidaymakers can enjoy other sports on the island including tennis, paragliding, fishing and climbing.
There are lots of bars, cafes and restaurants on the island with a variety of dining options including plenty of fresh fish dishes and some French, Italian and Spanish cuisine too. There are also plenty of nightclubs, music bars and casinos on the island. Various shops can be found here with a few places for self catering holidaymakers to purchase food and drink. Tourists will also find markets and stores selling gifts and souvenirs to take home.
There are lots of interesting places to visit on and around Margarita Island including a boat tour to La Restinga National Park, where tourists will see coral sand beaches and secluded islands. Boat trips take tourists around the island with charter boats available at Pampatar harbour. The islands of Coche and Cubagua are also worth seeing for their beautiful but deserted beaches. The Margarita Tropical Gardens and Labyrinth is also a great place to explore. Visitors can also take a trip to the Venezuelan mainland and see the world’s highest waterfalls at Angel Falls in Canaima National Park. Families can have much fun at the Aquapark in Pampatar.
The island is hot all year round with around 340 sunny days during the year. Average temperatures on Margarita Island see a minimum of 25 degrees centigrade in January and a maximum of 32 degrees during the summer months of June through to September. Rainfall on the island is very short-lived. The annual rainfall is around 27 inches.
Santiago Mariño Caribbean International Airport (PMV) is located near Porlamar, which is the largest city on the island. Flights arrive here from many international cities including Amsterdam (AMS), Caracas (CCS), Frankfurt (FRA), Madrid (MAD), Mexico City (MEX), Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) amongst others. There are also seasonal flights from Milan-Malpensa (MXP) and Paris-Orly (ORY). There are taxis and car rental services available from the airport.