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About Margarita Island

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Short Description

An undiscovered gem, more and more people are becoming aware of Margarita Island, whose great beaches and luxury resorts make it a great place to visit.

Destination Highlights

Great windsurfing
Beautiful beaches
Incredible desert and mountain landscapes

Local Weather

The average temperature on Margarita Island is 85 F. It has sparse rainfall from June-October. There is no hurricane season.



Margarita Island, just off the coast of Venezuela, is perhaps little known on the international tourism scene, which has thankfully spared it from some of the resort megaprojects so endemic to highly developed tourist destinations. It snuggles against the northern South American Continent thereby escaping hurricanes and variations in weather and enjoying consistently warm temperatures.

The island is recognized throughout the world for excellent windsurfing as the wind never stops blowing. Oceanic beaches such as El Agua, Parguito, and Guacuco, are home to many resorts, restaurants, and nightclubs as well as incredible waves.

Margarita Island emerges out of the warm water in the Caribbean Sea, with beautiful beaches, mountains, valleys and deserts. It has an average annual temperature of 85 F. Together with Coche and Cubagua Islands, it forms the State of Nueva Esparta. This group of islands have a similar geological construction and are located at 45 miles from the north-east coast of Venezuela.

Local Information

The official language of Margarita Island is Spanish. However, English is widely spoken. The official currency is the Bolvar. Nevertheless, US$ are widely accepted in the commercial establishments, as well as traveler checks and credit cards. Almost any foreign currency is negotiable in banks or exchange house, as well as hotels. In Margarita like mainland Venezuela, the electric current is 110 volts AC. The public transportation systems in Margarita will take you around the island, but if you are in a hurry it is better to choose another alternative, such as a rental car.

Airport Information

Air Service is into Caribbean International Airport (PMV), otherwise known as "General Santiago Marino." You can get there via Miami or Caracas connecting to Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela, Air Venezuela, American Airlines, Aserca Airlines, or Servivensa. Please be advised that many destinations charge a departure fee. Generally, most airlines include this fee in the cost of your airline ticket. We recommend you contact the airline directly to review the details with the carrier.

Entry Requirements

Effective December 31, 2006, the U.S. Department of State and Homeland Security requires all travelers to and from the Americas, the Caribbean, and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality. This information should be used only as a guideline and non-U.S. citizens should contact the airline they are traveling on, or their local consulate regarding the specific entry requirements that apply to their nationality.
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