Margarita Island is an exotic destination located just off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela. The island has a population of over 450,000 and the mainstay of the economy is tourism. Margarita Island is known for its pristine beaches, water-based activities, rich cultural heritage, and rugged outdoor activities. This scenic island is worth a visit if you are seeking a cost-effective tropical vacation at a fraction of the cost of neighboring islands such as Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.
Margarita Island is a beach lover’s dream. The island includes over fifty beaches, some of which are incredibly secluded. This gives visitors the opportunity to relax on a beach with literally no one around to disturb them or go to a more popular beach with lots of activities – the choice is all yours. Some of the better-known beaches on Margarita Island are; Playa El Agua, Playa El Yaque, Playa Parguito, and Playa Puerto Cruz. For more seclusion, you should try the Playa Punta Arenas, Playa La Pared or Playa Juventud.
Margarita Island has a fascinating history. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and over the centuries has been used as a battleground of sorts for indigenous Indians seeking to maintain their freedom, then later pirates would wreak havoc on the Island since it was a significant producer of Pearls at the time. The island was also used by Simon Bolivar as a base of operation when fighting his freedom battles. Some of the culturally and historically significant sites on the island are; San Carlos de Borromeo Fortress, Castillo Santa Rosa, The Museo Insular and the Casa de Cultura Ramon Vasquez. You can do a guided tour of the culturally significant sites and learn all about the rich history of Margarita Island.
When you visit Margarita Island, there is more to do than just relaxing on a beach. If you are an adrenaline junky, you will still be at home on the beautiful island. One of the thrilling activities that you can do is a jeep safari tour through the rugged terrain of the Island. You can also go hiking through the forested and unspoiled mountainous areas of the island or visit the El Copey National Park and enjoy the incredible biodiversity. There are over sixty species of bird in the Park and also several endemic animal and plant species.
Margarita Island is a haven for water-based activities. Whether you want to surf, scuba dive, snorkel or just go for a swim, it is the perfect destination for you. Margarita Island is regarded as a major surfing destination, and the best beaches to surf on the island are Playa Parguito and the El Yaque Beach. Most of the over fifty beaches on the island are perfect for snorkeling due to the scenic under-water coral reserves on the island. Generally, if you love being in the water, you will love Margarita Island!