Top 10 Things to do in Margarita Island, Venezuela

September 1, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Located about 25 miles from the mainland and accessible via air or ferry, Venezuela's mountainous Margarita Island provides Caribbean-style beaches and access to windsurfing, golf, horseback riding and scuba with a laid-back South American vibe. It's comprised of two islands connected in the middle by the mangrove-filled lagoon of La Restinga National Park. Most development falls on the isle's eastern side around busy Porlamar, the capital La Asunción and colonial Pampatar, founded in 1535.
Restaurants in Margarita Island

1. Isla Coche

Margarita Island, Venezuela +58 424-1421831
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Isla Coche

Reviewed By fgon73 - Santiago, Chile

Decided to have a full day tour at this island, that included entertainment, food and drinks. Amazing option. Food was ok with some local dishes. Great beach. Recommended

2. Basilica Virgen del Valle

El Valle, Margarita Island, Venezuela
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 883 reviews

Basilica Virgen del Valle

The basilica features the "Virgin of the Valley," an image of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Pilgrims from Venezuela and around the world come to pay her homage.

Reviewed By Eli L - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Basilica Virgen del Valle is a gothic church located in El Valle del Espíritu Santo town in Margarita Island. The architecture of this sumptuous building is a gem :) This is a mandatory stop to all those catholics who are visiting Margarita. Outside the church, you can find plenty of stalls where locals are selling religious crafts! Its a safe place and there is plenty of security in the surrounding areas.

3. Laguna de la Restinga

Margarita Island, Venezuela
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
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4.5 based on 793 reviews

Laguna de la Restinga

Visit this natural lagoon in La Restinga National Park, which lies on the isthmus that adjoins the Macanao Peninsula to East Margarita and features canals lined with mangrove trees.

Reviewed By travelerKristenB - Chicago, Illinois

We visited Margarita Island while on a cruise, and La Restinga was the highlight of our whole trip. We took a speed boat through the mangroves. The boat was small, just three of us, and the boat driver. The boat driver stopped at various points to point out the oysters, or to catch water creatures in a jar for us to see. We saw startfish, jellyfish, and seahorse. In addition to these animals, we saw a wide variety of birds. A lovely trip! After the boat ride there were a few shops where one could purchase pearls and other local handicrafts. You could also purchase empenandas to eat.

4. Playa El Yaque

La Asuncion. A 5 minutos del Aeropuerto Santiago Marino, Margarita Island 6301, Venezuela
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Playa El Yaque

Playa ubicada al Sur de la Isla de Margarita a 5 minutos del aeropuerto. Es una playa de aguas calientes, con uno de los mejores vientos para practicar windsurf y kitesurf durante todo el año.

Reviewed By DelfinaMolina - Bakersfield, California

Playa El Yaque is the beach in Margarita if you're with children (like me) or if you want to practice kite surf or windsurf. I'm from the island, but I currently live abroad and I must say "Playa El Yaque" is one of my favorites. There is a great environment, it has plenty of restaurants and small nice hotels to stay, it's just wonderful!

5. Museo Marino de Margarita

Boca del rio, Margarita Island, Venezuela +58 295-2913231
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 207 reviews

Museo Marino de Margarita

Reviewed By Lainba - Louisiana

The museum is in not in good conditions, and does not have very much to see. Really a waste of time for an international traveller. Some of the outdoor Aquariums were dirty or didn't have all the species there to see.

6. Playa Parguito

Situated in the Southeast end of Isla Margarita, Margarita Island, Venezuela +58 295-6350431
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 307 reviews

Playa Parguito

Reviewed By tom z - Caracas, Venezuela

Probably the least expensive beach in the world, with white sand, blue transparent Caribbean sea. Except for weekends beach not crowded and easily reached by taxi
or rented Car. Playa el Agua 15 minutes away another beautiful beach just cleaned up by local government, again with rock bottom prices .
But.........but...... Venezuela is at the moment a dangerous country to visit, you have to be very careful specially at night. Locals have adapted to the new situation so if you are adventurous (And a bargain hunter) willing to sacrifice late night outings you might just consider going to Margarita called " La Perla del Caribe".
Another important detail American citizens need a visa for Venezuela for the moment.

7. Fortin de la Galera

Juan Griego, Margarita Island, Venezuela
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 490 reviews

Fortin de la Galera

Reviewed By KGB777 - Singapore, Singapore

Good place to visit for views of the surrounding area. The fort itself is really nothing special, although it has been reconstructed so as to be in quite good condition.

8. Playa Zaragoza

Valle de Pedrogonzalez, Isla de Margarita. Venezuela, Margarita Island, Venezuela +58 295-2580132
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Playa Zaragoza

Reviewed By KGB777 - Singapore, Singapore

Located towards the north-east of Isla Margarita, this small beach is an attractive place to swim, relax or consume some good and drink. Not as highly commercialised as El Agua.

9. Playa Caribe

Juan Griego, Juan Griego, Margarita Island, Venezuela +58 416-8961185
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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4 based on 309 reviews

Playa Caribe

Reviewed By ianbluenoser - nova scotia

Took a cab here from Dunes hotel for about $4. We got a cab one way so we could choose when to leave. We were a bit nervous at first but it felt very safe here. We were dropped off at the waterfront. There was a nice park and many restaurants you could watch the sunset from. We were here a couple of days prior on the jeep tour by magic tours to watch the sunset. It was really beautiful. This was a good place to buy alcohol but the stores were mostly clothing and the same. Some vendors will trade money here at a good exchange. There is a small church downtown but I don't know if you could go in. On the other side of the fort there is a nice small well protected beach. Worth a visit if you are close.

10. Guacuco Beach

Margarita Island, Venezuela
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Guacuco Beach

Reviewed By Rene J

Guacuco Beach is my favorite beach on Margarita. Since it is the closest to Porlamar and Pampatar. It is a mile long and although you can spend all day on it I prefer to arrive after 3 pm. It has all amenities and many restaurants. I'd rather go to North Beach because the city bus moves south and south many people come. The north is more tranquil. There are big waves and you can take Surfing lessons.
Services are not exelentes but they are enough to have fun.

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