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Welcome to Isla Margarita

Fondly known as the 'Pearl of the Caribbean', Isla Margarita is part of the Neuva Esparta state, which comprises three islands off the north coast of Venezuela, Coche and Cubagua being its neighbours. Dotted with palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear azure waters and vast sugary white beaches juxtaposed by high mountains, Isla Margarita is a favourite attraction for most tourists who travel to Venezuela.

With year-round sunshine, a tropical climate, a laid-back atmosphere and oozing with distinct character, Isla Margarita offers world-class scuba diving opportunities, kayaking, windsurfing and hiking. Being two islands joined by a stretch of sand where the breathtaking Restinga Lagoon National Park leis, Isla Margarita is home to more than just rugged and natural beauty.

Boasting a duty-free status, many travellers from far and wide come here on shopping sprees, while the capital of La Asunción features magnificent colonial Spanish architecture dating back to the 1500s. Visit the Macanao peninsula in the west for some of the most pristine isolated beaches in the Caribbean, east a coconut ice cream while relaxing on one of Margarita's 50 sandy white beaches, or sip on your favourite cocktail at a local beach bar while the sun goes down.


Isla Margarita experiences constant year-round temperatures making it an ideal destination to visit in any month. During the summer months the temperature in Isla Margarita can climb as high as 100F (37C) but thankfully the cooling sea breezes help to maintain a comfortable temperature. Isla Margarita does not experience a rainy season but sporadic rains are common during the summer months or from the middle of November to the beginning of January.

Spanish is the official language of Venezuela.

Venezuela's currency is the Bolivar Fuerte (VEF), which replaced the Bolivar (VEB) in January 2008. The revaluation means that Bs. 1,000 becomes Bs F 1. It is divided into 100 centimos. US dollars are the most favoured foreign currency so it is best to have cash and travellers cheques in US$. Foreign currency and cheques can be changed at bureau de change offices found in most larger cities and tourist destinations. Some banks (e.g. Banco Mercantil) will now buy US dollars for bolivares or sell bolivares against a foreign credit card; some major hotels will also swap US dollars for bolivares. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday. It is best to obtain local currency where possible before travelling, and bolivars should be exchanged before exiting Venezuela. There are ATMs in the cities (however some travellers have experienced problems using them), and most credit cards, including MasterCard/Eurocard, American Express and Visa, are accepted in major cities. Diners Club has more limited acceptance. Visitors are also warned that there is a serious problem with credit card fraud.

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With 340 days of sunshine a year, Playa El Agua is one of Isla Margarita's most popular beaches and sees plenty of sun-worshipping tourists coating themselves in lotion to soak up the rays and catch a tan. The sprawling stretch of sugary white beach has been voted one of the top 10 in the Caribbean and is the most popular tourist development on the island. Thousands of visitors flock here each year to enjoy water sports such as wind surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing and parasailing.

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