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Jan 8, 2013 - El Yaque, Isla Margarita

Well the main reason we chose Venezuela as our vacation destination was playa el Yaque. El Yaque is a world renowned windsurfing (and now kiteboarding) destination. The winds blow daily in el yaque which is good for any sport that depends on wind to propel it. Getting to el yaque was a different story - it meant many delays in the Caracas airport. In fact many of the locals say international touism to el yaque is down because there are no longer direct flights to margarita from places such as Frankfurt and Montreal. I would believe this...

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Venezuela - 2013

Feb 6, 2011 - Isla Margarita & Porlamar

Went back to the restaurant w/ American Special breakfast down from hotel. Fredi, hotel manager, arranged to have lady come by and exchg US $$ 8:1. She came just when we were planning to go get the ferry, oh well! We went ahead w/ $200 US each. As it is turning out if we used the official (thru ATMs/banks) rate travel here would be on par with Brazil, but the black market exchg puts it at an affordable, Bolivian cost level! Just missed the noon ferry however, so had to wait for the 2pm slow ferry...cheaper mainly due to our advanced age,...

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South America Plus

Dec 23, 2009 - Isla de Margarita

So we thought we´d checkout where all the Venezuelan tourists go on their holidays....Isla de Margarita. We had a hotel booked for the 23rd and the 24th, but beyond that we had to hunt for a place at one of their busiest times of year. So we stayed overnight in the ferry terminal, waiting until 2am for our boat to leave, because we couldn´t find a reasonable priced hotel room in Puerto la Cruz. When we arrived 4 hours later we met a super happy,maybe high, military guy coming home for the holidays. He shared our ride with us and jovially...

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Dec 2, 2007 - Isla Margarita, Venezuela

From Ciudad Bolivar I was headed to Isla Margarita in the Venezuelan Caribbean. Never did I guess for such a hassle, long lines and a lot of waiting to get on a boat, from Puertl La Cruz where I took the ferry to Porlamar on Isla Margarita. When I finally got onto the ferry, I was faced by an incredibly sight - for me at least! The ferry didn't look like any other ferry I had been on. It's ENORMOUS and it looks like a First Class cruising ship! Or at least that's how I had imagined them to be like! Very fancy-pancy seats, a bar, TV... loads...

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Exotic South America

Sep 16, 2007 - Venezuela - Isla de Margarita - Pearl of the Caribbean

Okay, so another hurricane was headed our way (this time in the form of one of Jeffrey's other girlfriends!) so the time had come for me to leave the boat. Actually, it was pretty darned hard leaving the boat and Caribbean behind. After all, there are worse things to do than live on a sailboat, and worse places to be doing it! But considering that I was only supposed to be on the boat for a few weeks and I stayed almost 4 months - and considering that during that time I got to do a bit of sailing, live in paradise, spend some quality time...

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Apr 24, 2007 - Isla Margarita

So this is where things get really interesting for me. I'd arrived in Venezuela's so called Caibbean paradise and checked myself into a hostel run by some quirky and aloof Germans. They gave me the usual spiel about where to and not to go at night and I got some tips from them about taxi prices and good bars and that sort of thing. I knew there was a new Hard Rock Cafe on the island too, so I got some directions for that too. So off I went in a taxi to one of the islands largest shopping malls, Centro Sambil in Porlamar. This place is...

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The Wanderer

Feb 21, 2007 - Isla Margarita - Juangriego

Only and hour and a half from Cumaná by fast ferry is Isla Margarita. At first I wsn't going to bother going. I had visions that it was going to be like Benidorm or some other high-rise holiday hell hole. I was pleasantly surprised. This is perhaps the most touristy part of Venezuela and lots of people from Europe come here so menus and signs are in english, dutch and german. I thought I would avoid the capital Porlamar thinking it would be the high-rise hell hole but ended up going there as it was raining on the northern part of the...

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Jan 28, 2007 - Ilsa Margerita

Friday 26th January Woke up on the floor of the harbour waiting area in my sleeping bag with people sat all around me. Got back in the bag queue and got our tickets for the ferry. We were all put in different areas wherever they could seat us but after an hour of screaming children I escaped to the top deck and did some more sleeping. Think we were all surprised how baron the island was when we arrived. Got a taxi to Hotel Tamaca in Porlemar and after an afternoon sat in the laundry Jo and I had some lunch and a few well deserved drinks in...

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Sep 22, 2006 - Birthday, Margarita, Venezuela

We're back in Isla Margarita. I had a long birthday day. We arrived back in Canaima around 12:30 and had a quick lunch. We headed to the "airport" in Canaima where we were to find Pablo the LTA guy. He was there and in between naps he tried to help the best he could. He didn't know where the plane was because he didn't have the key to his office and the radio was in there. At 3:30 the only people left in the airport were 2 Austrians, Pablo, us, and a guy who we call Maverick. Maverick was a pilot for another airline and his favorite movie...

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Sep 15, 2006 - More diving, Los Frailes, Venezuela

We had another great day of diving at Los Frailes. We completed 2 more dives, the "Swimmingpool" (14m for 40 minutes) and the "Payape" (16m for 35 minutes). It was a beautiful day and the reef on the second dive was one of the coolest things we've seen. After our dives we went into Porlamar (large city) to complete the written portion of the program. Tanis and I both passed so I guess we're now certified to dive. Our plan is to try and head out today to locate a rental car for a couple of days so we can tour the island. More to come....

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Sep 12, 2006 - Los Frailes, Venezuela

Greetings all: The past few days have been pretty busy. Trying to make travel arrangements back to Caracas as well as setup a trip to Angel Falls. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Falls). Anyway, we're into our PADI diver training. We've completed our confined (Pool) water dives and we've done the first 2 open water dives at Los Frailes. Lots of fun, the Ocean is a pretty amazing place. If anyone is ever in Venezuela to dive, these guys are great (http://www.aquanauts.com.ve/). When we went to do our confined dive in the pool, it was...

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Sep 6, 2006 - Playa El Agua, Isla Margarita, Venezuela

Hola mis amigas! We've arrived! It was a full day and a bit of travel, but well worth it. We arrived to Casa Trudel around lunchtime and we're unpacked and enjoying our first beer. Brett is mesmerized by the striking woman on the front, I imagine it won't be his last. We're staying in the Pink Room, which to anyone who knows me is fitting, the bedspread reminds me of my favourite shoes. We'll add pics and update info as we're here (just added some pics of Casa Trudel). http://www.casatrudel.com/ctenglish.htm We're off to the beach! Adios,...

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