safety on Margarita Island

Safety on Margarita Island

Although most international affairs departments in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Canada recommend not to travel to Venezuela, the situation in the country is completely normal and can be visited by tourists, especially touristic areas such as Margarita Island.

These travel alerts are very general and also holds true to other developing countries. The agencies should mention all events, no matter how infrequent they may occur.
Certainly, Venezuela, like many other countries, is going through a period of political turmoil. This last summer there were protests in Caracas that frequently ended in violence.

Margarita Island is a 30 minute flight from the Venezuelan coast and is not affected by most of the problems that are common to the rest of the country.

There is an excellent supply of food, fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, etc. There is enough drinking water. Electrical failures last a few hours and are not more frequent than those occurring in other Caribbean islands.

Regarding medicines, We face supply problems of some of them, since they are imported articles. We recommend you bring the most frequently used medications. In Venezuela, public medical care is free and serves everyone, even the tourist.

However, as in the rest of the world there are petty crime problems like robberies and thefts. It is advisable to follow common sense advices to travel to this part of the continent.

Please follow these advices:

Never leave your belongings alone while taking a bath at the beach.

Do not carry expensive objects with you.

While traveling, avoid leaving your money or computers in your suitcase. The airlines do not take responsibility if they get lost.

Avoid taking buses. It is better to take a taxi cab. They are cheaper and can be requested by phone.

If you got robbed, please stay calm and avoid a fight with the thief.

Do not give information to strangers and be discreet when talking on the phone in public.

Please carry a copy of your passport with you and leave the original one at home.

The downtown of Porlamar and Juan Griego are dangerous.

Do not walk on the streets after 7:00PM.

Avoid deserted beaches and streets.

Book your tours in travel agencies.

Carry your backpack in front of you.

Avoid crowed places.

Police checkpoints are a one more tool in the war against crime. Keep this in mind and have a collaborative attitude. You must always bring your personal ID (passport) to identify yourself.

Do not exchange money on the street with strangers.

In Venezuela, the use and possession of any type of drug is illegal and punishable by law.

Do not look for cheap accommodation, they are usually located in dangerous areas. If you do not know the place, book just for a few days and then extend your stay. Some good and beautiful beach areas are: El Yaque, Playa el Agua, Pampatar and Playa Guacuco. The Donwtown Porlamar and downtown Juan Griego are not very safe areas. You can find 5 star hotels in the malls that are very safe.

We recommend to book your journey with small tour operators, hotels and inns that will take care of their guests and provide personal attention.