Flight from Caracas is gorgeous, you pass the circled archipelago with its abrupt change in water color....crystal blue. You know you are going to a beautiful remote paradise.
Upon arrival, you pay your Park Entrance Fee (think was about 250BS pp) then ask the guys with the hand trucks for your posada, which would have a guy to pick you up to carry your bags to the them (you only get 10KG of luggage, so you will have to leave the rest at your Caracas hotel).
Two of the three main "roads" (dirt paths, pedestrians only) are filled with posadas. There are a couple of tiendas to buy snacks, food, toiletries and the like; a Pharmacy, liquor store and bakery.
Most posadas provide your breakfast and dinner at the property and pack you a lunch for your day at the beach. Only 4 restaurant choices and a deli for pick up/take away. Go to Aquarena for a modern flair and good menu which includes sushi and ceviche...with beach seating. Ballena is more upscale, pricier and with a bit (smalll bit) of Thai influence. Also a beach seating. There is One Internet cafe which is always busy. Most stores have siesta hours since tourists spend the day at other islands, so are closed for 3+ hours in the afternoon.
OK Posada Guaripete. Our Spanish is pretty limited which may have made the initial understanding of services small. Fabiola is very accommodating but when we arrived we didn't know how anything worked and got the info from other guests....not Fabiola's fault, ours due to our lack of Spanish. But be aware. There is one worker, Agosto, who speaks English quite well, he works breakfasts and dinners, so he can help and is helpful, but Agosto isn't around form 10am-4pm and after about 9pm.
Breakfast and dinner are together with other guests therefore times are set. Also a merienda (snack) at 6pm. Breakfast was carb and more carbs (arepa, pancakes, bread and cereal), though do get also ham and cheese. Asked for eggs, others asked for fruit but none. Meriendas are YUMMY, great empanadas (called something else here) or pizza. Dinners I enjoyed as they were cooked differently from the usual Latin style, providing variety for month stay in Venezuela. Were also quite plentiful 4 courses.
Supposedly you get 2 boat trips to the nearby islands with your rate, we didn't do so can't comment. Further islands you do on a tour (with up to a total of 10 guests). The boat provides the cooler with drinks (Guaripete gives you a water and Pepsi, if you want beer or more drinks, tell them that AM what you want extra, for a charge). Their packed lunches are good, the other guests said lunch was included in their rate, but for us to cost 300 Bs which is about $10 and therefore quite pricey. Boats leave at 930am and return at 5pm. Posada provides beach towels. Bring lots and lots of sunblock. Boat set up the beach umbrellas and chairs (no loungers).
We went the diva route and got a private boatman, Guillermo Gaillo...wonderful worth every penny! Studied oceanography and speaks English perfectly....but also so very accommodating and patient..he absolutely made the trip better (which says a lot since the islands are paradise). Reach out to him at oceanicalosrocas.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or +58 424 2804885. Other guests on the group tours had ChiChi as their guide and enjoyed their outings with him
Cayo de Agua has a turtle conservation center, so you can see turtles from all stages of life. Boca de Cote has great snorkeling. Thought lots of get snorkeling, as well as quiet, soft sand beaches with the crystal clear blue waters. A mangrove forest, lagoon, shallow area with lots of starfish. Also options to do diving and fly fishing.
The posada has 8 rooms: with AC and fan and private bathroom. Rooms 3 and 4 face the dining area, so can be loud. For our room, our closet was very dark and had to sometimes use a flashlight to find our stuff. Needs to update their bath towels but fine. Provide beach towels. Cleanings and towel changes are done every other day. Rooms quite comfortable.
Wifi exists, though not great, which is common. Liked their upstairs balcony, which looks down in the dining area but also has a table, couch and hammock to just relax in as well as a clothing line if you wash your own clothes. You can have them wash your clothes for price (since we did 2 washings and were charged 2 different prices, guessing it was by weight) but still line dried.
Was celebrating my BF's birthday here and Fabiola when out her way to help with dinner reservations, if everything was in order and even had a cake baked and delivered to the restaurant! Very thoughtful.
Quiet village of Gran Roques is gorgeous with stunning surrounding beaches and water. That is why you are here... Service and attention was good at the Posada. Be sure to take advantage of the free boat rides and all the meals...as its quite pricey; and you are paying for these items, so if you don't use, you are not getting what you paid for. Overall A bit overpriced but enjoy.
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Guaripete Los Roques National Park, Venezuela