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Consisting of approximately 350 islands, cays and islets, over an area of around 40km2, Los Roques archipelago is a federal dependency of Venezuela. Situated 80 miles north of the port of La Guaira, the archipelago was affirmed as a National Park in 1972, due to the its exquisitely beautiful coral reef and abundance of seabirds and marine life. The islands of Los Roques are sparsely populated, with a native population of only 1500 people, which helps to create a peaceful and serene atmosphere across the region, where tourists can relax within tranquil surroundings and appreciate the unspoiled natural landscape. Los Roques is one of the Caribbean Sea’s best kept secrets, incorporating pristine beaches and lagoons alongside a quaint local culture, to create an ideal cruise destination.
Los Roques is home to an array of stunning cays, keys and beaches, where participation in a range of water sports is encouraged. Snorkelling, scuba diving, paddling, windsurfing and kite surfing in the achipelago’s crystal clear ocean waters are particularly popular across the archipelago. Fishing is also a major part of life on the islands; therefore, guests are welcome to try their luck at the ancient sport, in an attempt to land species of fish including bonefish, Spanish mackerel, barracuda and tarpon. Visitors to Los Roques can hire water sports equipment easily and affordably from establishments across the archipelago.
Gran Roque, which translates to Grand Rock, is the largest and most heavily populated island within the archipelago and is likely to be the first stop on a trip to the region. The island contains the majority of Los Roque’s local population, making it the busiest part of the archipelago. Visitors can take a catamaran or fishing boat from Gran Roque to other nearby islands including Rasquí, Francisquí and Crasquí.
Cayo de Agua
Cayo de Agua is a beautiful and isolated key on the small and secluded island of Rasquí within the Los Roques archipelago. The key is a perfect example of the incredible white sandy beaches and clear ocean waters found across the region. An ideal place to relax, Cayo de Agua is worth visiting during a stay in Los Roques in order to truly appreciate the archipelago’s majestic coastal beauty.
Located on Dos Mosquises, Los Roque’s sea turtle research centre and sanctuary is run by Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques and works to help preserve several different species of turtle. Staff at the turtle sanctuary often give talks and brief guests on how they are working to help the various species of marine turtle and offer the chance to see many of the animals up close.
Most of the shops on Los Roques are found on the main island of Gran Roque, including markets where visitors can buy a selection of local arts, crafts and produce. Small souvenir shops are also situated across the island, offering the chance to obtain gifts and mementos
Seafood is a local favourite across the archipelago and guests should try the delicious fresh lobsters available in season.
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