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Porlamar, Venezuela Cruise Port

Margarita Island offers a taste of the scorching climes of Venezuela, without the hustle and bustle of the city. It's somewhat of a miracle actually, considering the natural beauty of the island is so rare, that it isn't completely swamped by tourists. In its commerce capital of Porlamar, you can find the individual spirit of the island in full swing, embraced by a thriving township concerned with good times, good food, and enjoying a vivid nightlife.

Margarita Island is blessed with 320 days of sunshine a year, and a cooling breeze from the trade winds adds some much welcomed freshness to the tropical climate. The landscape is diverse, but it's all to the benefit of visiting cruisers, especially when you can find white sandy beaches, rocky hills and mangroves all on the same coastline.

Sightseeing in Porlamar

Isla Coche

Just across the crystal clear waters of the Porlamar bay, a short trip in a Catamaran can bring you to the small island of Coche, home to magnificent beaches and unbelievably tranquil waters. Whether you're looking to laze upon the sands or explore the foothills, you'll be equally enraptured by this scenic spot. With endless rows of palm trees, azure rock pools to explore, and serene spots perfect for scuba diving, this is the finest beach in the Margarita Islands, and definitely not to be missed.

La Restinga National Park

If you drive west towards Macanao, you'll be able to reach this unique park in no time. The mangrove swamps and forests within its centre are unlike anywhere else on the island, as green waters are framed by the interlocking branches of trees, and exotic colourful birds wing their way through the skies above. Boat rides through the laguna are extremely frequent, and even stop off at Playa la Restinga Beach. If you wish, the tourist guides are happy for you to stay on the golden sands of La Restinga right up until the park closes.

La Asuncion

Home to the oldest cathedrals, the most panoramic of views, and a bevy of museums, La Asuncion is the capital of Margarita Island, situated right in the centre of the whole landmass. The city might be big on sights, but it's intimate in size, and can be explored happily on your own two feet. Make sure to visit the Museo Nueva Cadiz, and the cathedral that is the namesake of the city. The latter is spectacular not just for its architecture, but for its impeccable views of the entire coastline which can be seen from its central tower.

Shopping in Porlamar

For the finest goods at the finest prices, make sure to head to Guevara Boulevard and the Conejeros market, where the locals offer everything from curios to textiles.

Eating out in Porlamar

A local favourite in Porlamar is the Mediterraneo café, which is home to exceptional service and a fee-good atmosphere. The three fish carpacio is the highlight of a brilliant seafood menu that includes mussels, crab, and shrimp dishes, all fresh from the shore of the island.

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