Margarita Island, or Isla de Margarita as it is known locally, is one of the most popular destinations in Venezuela and is located in the Caribbean Sea a little under 40 kilometers from the mainland.
It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in the year 1498, and taking up over a thousand square kilometers it has a population of more than 400,000.
It’s capital is La Asunción and the island’s natural beauty leads it to being known as the “Pearl of the Caribbean” Most of the population live on the eastern side of the island as the west is undeveloped due mainly to the lack of fresh water. Porlamar is the island’s largest city, and is used by some visitors as a base for their trip.
For the visitor, Margarita Island offers so much: more than 50 beautiful sandy beaches lined with lush green palms, mountains and fertile valleys, diving, snorkeling and windsurfing in the incredible clear blue waters and a wide choice of hotels, resorts and other beach-side accommodation at which to stay, catering to local and international visitors.
The beaches on Margarita Island
The beaches are undoubtedly the reason most people visit Isla de Margarita, and the most popular is the four kilometer long Playa El Agua. Located on the south side of the island, Playa El Yaque is famous for it’s windsurfing. Other Margarita Island beaches include Playa Caribe, Playa Parguito and Playa Punta Arenas, while those willing to look a little off the beaten track will find less busy, more secluded beaches to enjoy.
Hotels and resorts Margarita Island
Isla de Margarita has an impressive range of accommodation for the visitor: from private apartments and bed & breakfasts to hotels, villas and luxury resorts by the beach. Many places have their own swimming pools and internet services are widely available. Whether you are just looking for a basic lodgings or seek five star comfort, the hotels and resorts on Isla de Margarita will not disappoint.
Getting to Margarita Island
There is an airport -Del Caribe International – on the south of Isla de Margarita which has a terminal for international flights and another for domestic flights. The airport is roughly 40 minutes from Playa El Agua by car.
It is also possible to reach the island by ferry from the mainland: there are express (and slow) ferries running between Isla de Margarita and Puerto La Cruz on the mainland.