Venezuela boasts massive natural diversity, a large Caribbean coastline, snow-capped mountains, and lush green jungles, not to forget, the highest waterfall in the world and the largest lake in South America. This Latin American country also has an incredible tropical landscape marked by its innumerable waterfalls, Canaima National Park, as well as tabletop mountains. It is like stepping into another planet altogether. The many offshore resort islands near Venezuela are proof that it has more coastlines compared to all the other tourist destinations in the entire Caribbean, meaning there are countless places to visit. The country has managed to retain its authentic beauty and charm and is an unspoiled land. It has over 300 islands in total, and a majority of them are virgin lands. Here are some of the best islands in Venezuela that should definitely be on your bucket list when planning a vacation to this wonderful country.
Isla Margarita is one of Venezuela’s more developed islands. It is set about 40 km (24.85 mi) off the mainland and is immensely popular among tourists who are fond of sunbathing. The key attractions of this captivating island include the lovely, soft sand beaches that are as popular with the locals as they are with foreigners. Several charter aircraft fly directly to this island from various international destinations. However, you may also take a ferry from Puerto La Cruz to get to this island. Porlamar happens to be a major city on this island. You should not miss savoring some delicious seafood at one of the restaurants during your visit. Villa La Blanquilla is a recommended property if you plan to have a staycation in Isla Margarita.
2. Orchila Island
La Orchila, or Orchila Island, is a military base situated north of Caracas and off the Venezuelan coast. The island boasts several charming beaches, and there is one that deserves a special mention, as the color of the sand is distinctly pink. The island is situated east of El Roque and you can only come here after getting a special permit issued by Venezuela’s Armada. The island is heavily protected by the government of Venezuela and is known for its quaint beauty.
3. La Blanquilla Island
Set about 293 km (182 mi) northeast of Caracas, La Blanquilla Island is situated in the Caribbean Sea. The island is a preferred venue for tourists and is popular for its stunning white sand beaches and great diving opportunities. The rich wildlife here is comprised of iguanas and local cacti along with wild goats and donkeys. Also, the reefs here are distinct because of their black coral and are in high demand for preparing crafts and attractive pieces of jewelry. The famous Margarita Island is situated to its south, and you can reach here only by sailing a boat or a speed boat.
Gran Roque is a large Venezuelan island that exudes an authentic Caribbean feel. It has a fishing village with sandy streets that are lined with single-story concrete houses painted in bright colors. The waterfront here is dotted with visiting yachts and fishing boats. You will also find a massive flock of pelicans at the waterfront, further accentuating the beauty of the place. There is an ancient lighthouse up on the hill that is called Faro Holandés. Climb up to marvel at the stunning vistas of crystal-clear turquoise waters, coral reefs, islands, and the village. It is the perfect island to organize scuba diving and snorkeling trips.
Address: Posada Piano y Papaya, Isla del Gran Roque, Archipielago Los Roques Posada Piano y Papaya
601 meters (0.4 mi) from El Faro
5. Dos Mosquises Islands
Dos Mosquises Islands or the Turtle Hatching Islands are about 90 minutes from Gran Roque. However, the time it takes to get here may vary depending on the weather and the kind of boat used. The island has a small landing strip so that a small aircraft can land here. There is a turtle shelter that raises and hatches turtles belonging to two distinct endangered species. The center also monitors animals when they deliver the young ones in deep waters. The shelter is a major attraction for tourists on this island. You can also relax at one of the beaches after visiting the center.
6. Coche Island
Come and enjoy the experience of getting close and intimate to the beautiful island of Coche. The island looks like a paradise, with the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and the most stunning white sands. It is only a 35-minute ride from Margarita Island. If you are looking for a peaceful spot to enjoy a calm and tranquil vacation, this is the right place to be in since it is far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
7. Los Testigos Islands
Located in the southeastern part of the Caribbean Sea, Los Testigos Islands should definitely feature on your itinerary while vacationing in Venezuela. The group of islands has a distinct charm of its own, with mammoth sand dunes, plenty of lobsters and fish, and gorgeous beaches. As there is no airport or ferries to these islands, you can ride a boat to reach it. You will get an opportunity to visit the beach, go snorkeling, or climb up the mountains and see some iguanas. The royal beach or Playa Real boasts crystal clear waters and a beautiful landscape.
8. La Tortuga Island
You can get to La Tortuga Island within approximately three hours from the coast of Venezuela. The uninhabited island is around 140 km (86.99 mi) from the island of Margarita and about 30 km (18.64 mi) from the mainland. It is the country’s second-biggest island but has no guesthouses. As you approach this island off Venezuela, you will have the pleasure of watching the flying fish and dolphins. At times, the waves can be strong, and the color of the water slowly changes from blue to turquoise. As you get very close to the shore, the water becomes crystal clear. La Piscina is a tiny lake set at one end of Tortuga Island and is a major attraction for tourists who are looking for a private holiday.
Cubagua Island is a haven for adrenaline-junkies and adventure freaks. There are plenty of outdoor activities to indulge in, including soaking in a mud bath, snorkeling, or simply sunbathing. The tiny island is set southwest from the famous Margarita Island and is only 15 km (9.32 mi) from another popular Venezuelan island called Coche Island. It is interesting to note that this island has no roads or streets. You can reach this destination by boat or ferry from the capital of the Tubores municipality called Punta de Piedras. The latter is located only about 8 km (4.97 mi) from Margarita Island.
Duration: 8 hours
10. Isla Larga
The size and distinct geology of Isla Larga, which translates to Large Island, cover both ends of the beach spectrum. Its northern side feeds the thrills of those wanting to catch rough waves and feel the rocky volcanic surface on their toes. Meanwhile, the island’s southern portion enjoys white sandy beaches and colorful coral reefs.
Isla Larga is located within the scope of Puerto Cabello City, forming a part of San Esteban National Park. It has become a popular diving destination because of the shipwrecks that have become home to reefs and marine life over the years.
11. Cayo De Agua
The unspoiled beauty of Cayo De Agua (Water Keys) is one to live for. One of the main reasons why this island remains untainted by modernization is its remote location. This island, located north of Venezuela, is about a hundred kilometers from the capital city of Caracas. If you plan to kick-start your island adventure in Cayo De Agua, you can take refuge in one of the Airbnb vacation rentals in Caracas.
Its solitary beaches and white sandbars that stretch out to the azure waters make it an idyllic paradise to take a break from the heavily flocked tourist attractions. A great destination year-round, the island enjoys one of the most favorable weather conditions in the sea. The highly shallow shoreline that surrounds the island makes for a great swimming spot. A popular recreation around the island is also diving.
Crasqui, also referred to as Cayo Crasqui, is a beautiful island and is a part of the Los Roques group of islands in Venezuela. It has a long beach lined with a fabulous sandspit and several trees. There is a tiny fishing hamlet with a string of cafes in the middle of this beach. The clear water here is ideal for snorkeling while the strong winds are perfectly suitable for kitesurfing. Gorgeous white sands, crystal clear waters, and piles of shells are some of the best features of this place, making it a great spot for your entire family.
Visit the most beautiful Venezuelan islands
Venezuela is famous for a number of tourist attractions, great natural beauty, and excellent eateries. However, it’s festivals and islands are one of the top reasons why tourists from all over the world are drawn to this country. Keep these Venezuelan islands in mind so that you explore some of them on your vacation in this wonderful country.
Frequently Asked Questions about the islands in Venezuela
1. What are some of the best things to do on the islands in Venezuela?
Since Venezuela features a rich and pristine coastline, the best recreations that global travelers and locals alike can enjoy in almost any of its islands are swimming, scuba diving, boating, fishing, and marine life watching.
2. Which hotels on the islands in Venezuela have parking?
If you’re planning to explore some of the sights of Venezuela via private car, you can consider booking Villa La Blanquilla in Isla Margarita as it has free exclusive parking available right onsite.
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