Choroni is a great place, especially if you are backpacking. It's the only place in Venezuela we've been to, so I dont know if the whole country is as free of foreigners, but we saw very few considering this is such an obvious watering hole.
There are cheaper options than Bokaina, but if you are with a family on a short beak (i.e not backpacking) then it's worth it. It's as close to town as you can get while still being on the other side of the river where the larger places are with proper gardens.
The owner is delightful, as you'll see from just about everyone else's reviews. The garden is under constant development, so I'm sure it will be just a bit better than last time. The only serious minus was the small pool, which was all the more irritating as they were building (quite silently!) a new large kidney shaped one in a perfect location while we were there, I'm sure it's finished now.
At weekends a chef turned up and cooked some top quality stuff, but during the week you are so close to puerto colombia that you have plenty of choice. We went to the beach every day, usually early. The life guards there get very upset if you go very far out, but it's great fun just getting hit with the waves.,there's obviously a serious undertow.
Incidentally, if you are backpacking, get to puerto colombia early enough to join a boat to chuao. They run all the time and you could probably hire one at almost any time of day or night, but it will just cost less. Chuao is much much cheaper and a great place to chill out in for any amount of time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Posada la Bokaina is located in the heart of Choroni. La Bokaina is an oasis of tranquillity in an ever increasingly stressed world. Staying at La Bokaina means leaving your daily life and possible problems aside. With it's unique location close to the beach and village but isolated from stress and noise; amazing wild life garden (pool); great and spacious rooms (a/c, wifi, hot water, TV); and truly personal service, we assure that our guests will receive revitalising and enjoyable experience! ... more less