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Isla Margarita and Los Roques offer a striking contrast in how different island beach resorts can be. Both boast white-sand beaches, that inimitable Caribbean sun, and world-class snorkeling and diving among coral reefs. Both are well-known hot spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Here the similarity ends. Margarita, set a short ferry ride from the eastern Caribbean shore of Venezuela, offers Waikiki-style high-rise hotels and condos, duty-free shopping, and party-til dawn discos. Señor Frogs' You betcha. Archipiélago Los Roques, a short plane hop from the mainland, consists of a small group of islands: exclusive, subdued. ...

Isla Margarita and Los Roques offer a striking contrast in how different island beach resorts can be. Both boast white-sand beaches, that inimitable Caribbean sun, and world-class snorkeling and diving among coral reefs. Both are well-known hot spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Here the similarity ends. Margarita, set a short ferry ride from the eastern Caribbean shore of Venezuela, offers Waikiki-style high-rise hotels and condos, duty-free shopping, and party-til dawn discos. Señor Frogs' You betcha. Archipiélago Los Roques, a short plane hop from the mainland, consists of a small group of islands: exclusive, subdued. There's no big party here; no high-rises; just tranquility, great seafood, and world-class service and comfort (but with a price tag to match). The entire archipelago of Los Roques was made a national park in 1972; those looking to rough it on their beach holiday can even go camping in the Zona Recreativa, set aside for just this purpose. Margarita also offers two small national parks, but the island is otherwise well-developed, and there remain few beaches neglected by the hand of tourism.

Jens Porup
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Jens Porup is coauthor of Lonely Planet Venezuela.

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  • Location: North East South America
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Bolivar
  • Research: Wikipedia
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    Not surprisingly, these Caribbean islands are most crowded during the northern winter, when North Americans and Europeans flock here in search of sun and sand. The climate remains fairly constant year-round, however, and you can usually find some bargains during summer.