In terms of birding, purchasing, and diversity of actions, Isla Margarita is the obvious champion. The island can be reached easily from Caracas, Barcelona, or MaturÃn or through numerous daily flights via a regular ferry from the mainland town of Puerto La Cruz. Local tradition is mainly Venezuelan, but has a significant laid-back Caribbean vibe. As a result, Margarita can also be significantly safer than most destinations in Venezuela.
It does have some lovely beaches, but truthfully can’t reach Los Roques or La Tortuga in terms of raw beauty. What it unaffected charm of the other two destinations and lacks in remoteness that is breathtaking, it makes up for with the allure of a bigger island with a lively culture, an extensive array of purchasing opportunities, and wide-ranging actions for non-birders.
And of course, birding.
With such diversity of habitat, in addition to the close proximity to the best spotting scopes mainland (Margarita lies just 14 miles north of the coast), avian diversity is high. Some 209 species often occur, including one internationally threatened species (Yellow-shouldered Parrot) and other uncommon species who’ve strongholds in Margarita.
Playa El Yaque has fast grown to among the premier beach destinations in Margarita from a sleepy village, thanks to the discovery of persistently near perfect conditions for kite surfing and windsurfing. Happily, this boom has not yet gotten out of control, and is mostly confined to the area immediately adjacent to the beach.
Should your travels take one to Isla Margarita, the site guide below should provide you with a starting point to work with.
As one walks uphill away from your beach, paved routes start to become dirt tracks, many which roam from township and into relatively undamaged thorn scrub and forest habitat. All are great for dry-state birding.…