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Playa Parguito

Playa Parguito

Playa Parguito

Playa Parguito (Margarita Island) — this popular beach is located on the northeastern part of the island. Like Playa El Yaque, aside from swimming, visitors here also engage in water sporting activities – from windsurfing to bodyboarding. In fact, a major bodyboarding competition, ISA World Bodyboard Championship, has been held here every October since 2012. According to numerous water sporting enthusiasts, receives direct swells from the Atlantic Ocean, with waves that can reach 6 feet, averaging in the of 3-4 feet range throughout the year.


Playa El Yaque

Playa El Yaque

Playa El Yaque

Playa El Yaque (Margarita Island) – this beach is located on the south side of the island. It is not as busy as Playa El Agua (for example) and the waters are calm (suitable for families with children). This beach also has hotels, restaurants and other amenities close by Because of the prevailing winds in this part of the island, windsurfing and kite boarding are among the activities that visitors engage in here.


Parque El Agua Isla de Margarita

Parque El Agua Isla de Margarita

Parque El Agua Isla de Margarita

Parque El Agua Isla de Margarita (Av. 31 de Julio, El Cordón, Margarita Island) – located in the northeast part of Margarita Island, this is a water park, for those families who want to do more than just swim or take in a suntan at nearby Playa El Agua beach. This 45,000 m2 facility has a variety of water slides, rides, swimming polls, and other attractions – enough to fill in an afternoon, if not the entire day. Admission: Bs. 290 (visitors 1.2 meters or higher), Bs. 240 (visitors below 1.2 meters) Hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm (low season), 10:30 am – 5:30 pm (high season). See the park’s website for more info: www.parqueelagua.com

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding (Margarita Island) – the tour outfit Cabatucan Ranch (located 2 km. west of the seaside town of Guayacancito) provides visitors with horseback riding excursions at the more isolated western end of Margarita Island. Visitors have the option of going horseback riding by the beach, or in this area’s mountainous terrain. See Cabatucan Ranch’s website for more details: www.cabatucan.com

Poliedro de Caracas

Poliedro de Caracas

Poliedro de Caracas

Poliedro de Caracas (La Rinconada, Calle Poliedro, Caracas) – this 20,000 seat indoor arena, opened in 1974, holds basketball games, ice skating shows, circuses, government rallies, trade shows, and beauty pageants like “Miss Venezuela”. Pop, rock and House music concerts have also been held by acts like Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Justin Bieber, Nicky Romero, Kylie Minogue, Marc Anthony, Romeo Santos (Aventura), Fatboy Slim, Jamiroquai, Luis Miguel, and others. International music fans visiting Caracas can check the Poliedro’s website for its calendar of upcoming events: poliedrodecaracas.gob.ve

Playa Guacuco

Playa Guacuco

Playa Guacuco

Playa Guacuco (Margarita Island) – this is considered one of the better beaches at Margarita Island (not far from Pampatar and Porlamar). It isn’t as big a beach as El Agua or Parguito, but is less crowded, and has lots of tree cover. Even though the waves here are not as strong as elsewhere, some surfers and water sport enthusiasts still come here, too.

Playa El Agua

Playa El Agua

Playa El Agua

Playa El Agua (Margarita Island) – this is a popular beach at the northeast part of Margarita Island. It’s long, has lots of sand, with restaurants and other amenities (beach chairs, umbrellas, etc.), as well as areas to play seaside sports like volleyball. Swimmers should keep in mind that since this beach faces the Atlantic Ocean, the waters can get rough.

Parque de Attacciones Diverland

Parque de Attacciones Diverland

Parque de Attacciones Diverland

Parque de Attacciones Diverland (Margarita) – for families vacationing in Margarita, this amusement park is a “must see” destination. A few minutes from Porlamar, occupying a few acres of land, the park’s large size makes it easy to notice from the road. Among its attractions are the “killer loop” roller coaster ride, bumper cars, bumper boats, wall climbing, trampolines, go karts, a haunted house, and other rides. Admission: Bs. 130 (adults over 35 years old), Bs. 250 (children ages 2-17 & adults ages 18-34), free admission to seniors over 65 years old. Hours: 10 am – 11 pm. See its website for more details: www.parquediverland.com.ve

Miss Venezuela Pageant

Miss Venezuela Pageant

Miss Venezuela Pageant

Miss Venezuela Pageant (Poliedro, La Rinconada, Calle Poliedro, Caracas) – it is no accident that Miss Venezuela has won perhaps the most “Miss Universe” titles over the years (including 2013). Venezuela is distinct for having a virtual industry of grooming schools, plastic surgeons and beauty salons that prepare young women for the thousands of pageants that take place each year around the country in schools, army barracks and even prisons.

Every October, the 15,000-seat indoor Caracas arena, the Poliedro, hosts this event, watched by Venezuelans from all walks of life and political persuasions (and organized by the Venezuelan television network, Venevisión). Those visiting Caracas during this pageant would be surprised to hear that tickets are actually available to see this event in person (from Bs. 500 or US$80). This, as opposed to similar pageants in other countries (like USA), which are usually exclusive “invitation only” events. See the Poliedro arena website for information on attending the next “Miss Venezuela” pageant: http://poliedrodecaracas.gob.ve

Lagunita Country Club

Lagunita Country Club

Lagunita Country Club

Lagunita Country Club (Av. Principal de la Lagunita, Caracas) – located in a southeast suburb of Caracas, this is an 18-hole golf course that was completed in 1964 by American golf architect Dick Wilson. Various golf tournaments have since been held there. In addition, there are also tennis courts and swimming pools on the premises. For information on playing here, go to: www.clublagunita.com


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