Isla Margarita – The pearl of the Caribbean

Diving on Isla Margarita Windsurfing on Isla Margarita Map of Isla Margarita Kitesurfing on Isla Margarita Musicians at Playa Caribe, Isla Margarita Restaurant on Isla Margarita
Boat trip on Isla Margarita Horse riding on Isla Margarita Port on Isla Margarita Playa Caribe on Isla Margarita Carnaval in Juan Griego, Isla Margarita Sundown on Isla Margarita

Located in the Caribbean Sea at latitude 11 °N and longitude 64 °W, Isla Margarita is the largest of the three islands – along with Cubagua and Coche – that comprise the State of Nueva Esparta in north-eastern Venezuela. It covers an area of around 1,020 km²: about 78 km long and 20 km at its widest.

Margarita consists of two peninsulas joined together by an 18 km long sand bank (La Restinga) creating a wetland mangrove lagoon that provides a habitat to many exotic bird and aquatic species. It is dotted with mountains: the highest points accessible to hikers are Cerro Grande (920 m) and Cerro Copey (890 m). The climate is almost always hot and sunny (24 to 37 °C) with two short ‘rainy seasons’ around June-July and November-December.

The majority of the population of 600,000 live in the commercial city of Porlamar and in Pampatar, an area filled with holiday apartments and modern shopping malls selling international brands. The eastern side of the island is the destination for large numbers of Venezuelan tourists, particularly the commercially developed beaches of Playa el Agua and Parguito, where most of the large all-inclusive package hotels are located.

The picturesque fishing villages of the north-west coast – and the less developed beaches such as Playa Caribe, Zaragoza and Puerto Cruz – are much more attractive to independent travelers. With its busy shops, stunning bay, cheap seafood restaurants and breath-taking sunsets, the vibrant and relaxed fishing town of Juan Griego is an ideal place to spend some time.

Frequent direct flights arrive on Margarita from Caracas (about 30 minutes), Puerto Ordaz and other Venezuelan cities. There are seasonal scheduled and charter direct flights from various North and South American and European cities. Ferries arrive daily from Puerto La Cruz and Cumaná (around 3 hours) – and there is also a small boat that connects Margarita and Chacopata (1 hour). The island has 160 kms of coastline and over 30 major beaches.

Amongst the activities we can offer are scuba and snorkelling, horse-riding, wind and kite-surfing, sailing and deep-sea fishing. Or you can simply relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand. Margarita is the perfect location to begin, or to finish, your great Venezuela Adventure.

Zaragoza beach on Margarita Island, Venezuela

Activities on Margarita Island

Jeep Safari (incl. lunch and drinks) 25 US$
Katamaran, full day 40 US$
Horse Riding, half day 45 US$
Hiking, full day 35 US$
all prices are negotiable

Diving on Margarita Island

Fullday, 2 dives 55 US$
3 days, 6 dives 145 US$
5 days, 10 dives 245 US$
Openwater Course, 4 days (PADI/SSI) 260 US$
Minidive, fullday 55 US$
Snorkeling, fullday 35 US$
all prices are negotiable

Kitesurfing on Margarita Island

Kitesurf Beginners Course (El Yaque/Coche Island)

3 days, 6 hours, incl. equipment 390 US$
5 days, 10 hours, incl. equipment 545 US$
all prices are negotiable

Windsurfing on Margarita Island

Windsurf Beginners Course (El Yaque/Coche Island)

Incl. equipment 25 US$/hour
all prices are negotiable

Surfing on Margarita Island

Surf Beginners Course (Playa Parguito)

3 days, 6 hours, incl. equipment 135 US$
5 days, 10 hours, incl. equipment 195 US$

Courses include 2 extra hours free board usage per day.
Board rental without course possible.

all prices are negotiable

Accomodation on Margarita Island

We can offer a range of accommodation in or near the town, from small family posada to all-inclusive resort.

See our list of accommodation on Margarita Island.

Tours departing Margarita Island

Fullday tour: Los Roques 290 US$

  • Flight from Caracas or Isla Margarita
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Non alcoholic drinks
  • Lunch
approx. price per person

Orinoco Delta + Canaima + Angel Falls 3D/2N 445 US$

  • 2 days / 1 night
  • Flight transfers from Isla Margarita or Caracas and back
  • Excursions to nature and indians in Orinoco Delta, overnight in Eco-Camp in Warao-style huts
  • Excursion in Canaima Laggon in motorized boat
  • Hike to the base of Angel Falls and overnight

2 days / 1 nights 380 US$

  • Flight with small aircraft over Angel Falls instead of hike to the base and overnight
approx. prices per person

Adventure East 8D/7N 595 US$

  • 8 days / 7 nights; Orinoco Delta & Eco Camp, Canaima & Lagoon, Angel Falls, Ciudad Bolívar
  • All transfers by air and on the ground
  • All accommodations
  • All meals during the excursions
  • Guide and equipment
approx. price per person, minimum 4 Persons

Highlights of Venezuela 15D/14N 995 US$

  • 15 days/14 nights; Orinoco Delta & Eco Camp, Canaima & Lagoon, trekking on Mount Roraima, nights in Ciudad Bolívar and Santa Elena
  • All transfers by air and on the ground
  • All accommodations
  • All meals during the excursions
  • Guide, porters and equipment
approx. price per person