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Margarita Island for just 1 day - suggestions?

Kalix, Sweden
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Margarita Island for just 1 day - suggestions?

We`ll be spending 1 day in Margarita Island/Venezuela in December 2007 as part of a cruise to the Southern Caribbean.

Has anyone any suggestions or must-sees for one day of sightseeing trip on this island, nature experiences, birdwatching, what to do, which beaches to visit? (preferable beaches with NOT so many people + great snorkelling, if possible)

Is it better to do an organized trip or to just rent a scooter or car?

We`d be very happy for any infos!



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1. Re: Margarita Island for just 1 day - suggestions?

I don't think there is an advantage to renting a scooter or car if you are a first-time visitor and will be spending only 1 day on the island. Making arrangement with someone on the island will enable you to see many more interesting things.

Here are some suggestions...

1. Rent a taxi for the day. You can rent a taxi for the entire day for as little as $40US. Some beaches worth visiting include Playa Caribe, Playa El Agua, Playa Parguito and Playa Manzanillo. A seafood lunch at Manzanillo is an excellent way to spend some quality time on the island! Manzanillo is a small fishing village located at the north-east point of the island..

2. Contact a tour guide and make arrangements to do a personalized tour. A tour guide that I know would be able to help you with this. His name is Walter Molander and he is actually part swedish! Just do a google search with the keywords "walters tours margarita" to find his website and contact info.

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We had a great tour with Crusin-n-style. They will pick you up at your ship and tailor your tour for whatever you would like to see. They are a very friendly American couple who now live on Margarita Island. We couldn't have had a nicer day. We saw many of the historical sites, as well as a boat tour through the mangroves at La Restinga. Try this website:


I promise you won't be dissappointed!

Kalix, Sweden
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Thanks for your replies and homepage suggestions! We`ll check them out!

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My wife an I first "discovered" Margarita while on a one day cruise stop. We have since been back twice. There should be many cabs available at the pier. The cab was a little old and the driver spoke only Spanish but we had a blast using our "poquito espanol" and exploring the island with someone who was born there and very proud of his home.We arranged a full day tour, 8 hours at a total cost of $50 US including a $15 tip that included a brief but nice tour of Porlamar and Asuncion, a trip and about 3 hours of beach time at Playa el Agua, and a trip across the north east coast of the island with time to stop for many photos from the cliffs overlooking the many beaches and areas where local fisherman docked their boats.

We also stopped for a snack on the way back to our ship in Juan Griego. Our taxi driver stayed with us the entire time including reading the paper and napping in his car while we were at the beach. While Playa El Agua is nice, I would spend my beach time at Playa Caribe on the north side of the island. Beautiful sand, calm blue Carribean water, caves to wander through on the west end of the beach, and most importantly, no beach vendors selling you there trinkets every 2 minutes. Also a nice beach restaurant(La Terraza de Playa Caribe) that has chairs and sun shades to use and fresh fish delivered from the small fishing boats every morning.

We have since been back twice for 10 days each time and have always had a wonderful time. Don't pay attention to the weather forecasts as they usually come from the mainland(Caracas) where there is more rain and clouds. We have had 20 minutes of rain in 20 days.

Enjoy your day and be ready to go back!!

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I f you want to a birdwaching take the LAND CRUISER NATURE ADVENTURE TOUR, they will take you to the virgin side of the island (macanao) once there you are going to do a walk in a ecological path where you will see many birds as the yellow shoulder parrot (endemic bird),Crested Caracara, Vermillion Cardenal,Troupial, after that they will take you to a virgin beach (no people), and the last stop a boat trip in the National Park La Restinga Lagoon there you are going to see sea horses,oyster,sea stars,pelycans, mangroves and much more is very nice tour is a nature experiences.

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Just find a nice bar and get drunk for the day. there will be plenty of birds to watch. nudge nudge wink wink. Go for a walk have some cocktails relax, how much can you accomplish in one day. Just another mans opinion, Hire a taxi, for the day. Why would you want to drive if your only there for one day, what if you had a problem. like an accident. Your cruisers. Do you want to wave good bye to the ship. Taxis are very reasonable, find one that speaks some english and go for it. Eat Drink and be merrry. Happey travelling.

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