The Caribbean Pearl
Margarita Island is part of the State of Nueva Esparta in Venezuela. It is a 35 minute plane journey from the capital, Caracas. The island can be reached with one of several airlines that fly to Caracas. There are more than 20 flights per day to Porlamar from Caracas. The airport in Caracas is some distance from the capital.
Margarita Island is a favorite destination for Venezuelans, especially in December, at Easter, and during the summer vacation (from July until August). These are the peak seasons for visitors. The high season for international tourism runs from October until March each year.
Margarita is a duty-free port, which means that it also gets tourists from nearby islands in the Caribbean Sea who come to shop at very low prices.
In September, the island receives a number of visitors who come for the festivities of the Virgen del Valle (the Virgin of the Valley), the patron saint of eastern Venezuelan, the navy, and fishermen.
The weather on the Island is tropical and sunny for most of the year. You will be able to go to the beach every day. Even during the rainy season a day at the beach is guaranteed as it rains mainly at night or in the early morning. Eighty two different beaches await you, many of them unknown to most visitors. Margarita Island is not in the path of hurricanes.
The roads are quite good and, if you have a rental car, you can reach any point on Margarita, including the shoreline.
The capital of the Island is La Asuncion. It is a small city in the middle of the Island with beautiful colonial style architecture. La Asuncion is home to the majority of regional government bodies. Many people think that Porlamar is the state capital, but it is only the main, and most populated, city. The center of Porlamar is quite busy and crowded, just like most capital city centers in Venezuela.
Over the years, Porlamar has been extended towards Pampatar, which is one of the most exclusive and expensive areas, and is the main area for shopping centers such as Sambil Mall.
The most beautiful beaches are quite a distance from the city. The most popular ones are: Playa El Agua, Playa Parguito, Playa El Yaque, Playa Caribe, Playa Manzanillo and Playa Punta Arenas on the Peninsula de Macanao.
For those who are not interested in beaches, there are many other options for trips and excursions. For example, you can visit Laguna de La Restinga, el Museo Marino, La Asuncion, or take a walk around the San Juan mountains, Conejeros Market and Pampatar.
Since 1997 Margarita Island is a perfect destination for Learning Spanish.
On this website, we would like to offer you some useful information about Margarita Island in order to make it easier to plan your vacation, enabling you to make the most of your time here on our island.
Have a nice journey, and welcome to Margarita Island, the Pearl of the Caribbean!