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Margarita Island or Isla Margarita lies off the northern coast of Venezuela, and is the most southerly of all the
Caribbean islands. Its location means that it is out of the hurricane belt, a
very important consideration that many people overlook when considering a move
to the Caribbean
There is a rainy season that runs from May through July, but relates more to Venezuela, than Margarita Island. It does rain, but very little and usually at night. Any daytime rain is short lived and soon the skies return to their normal cloudless blue. Put it this way, if the U.K. were to be described as having a rainy season, it would run for 9 months, so donít be put off in any way, Margarita Island has the perfect climate.
Main Cities & Towns
Juangriego is located on the northern coast of the island and is a very popular fishing village becoming increasingly popular, particularly for sunsets. The sea food in this area is amazing, and the prices are too. It really is worth a visit, just for the flaming red sunsets, but go early if you want a prime table and viewing spot.
The highest point is some 1000 meters (3,280.83 feet) above sea level and with a spectacular view. The estimated center of the island near La Guardia is at 11 latitude 64 05 longitude. Average temperature is estimated at around 28C with little rain like 22" a year (our visitors love this).
A duty free status was granted on 19th August 1966 and then upgraded by law to free port on 1st April 1975. Resident population is around 350000 but can increase dramatically during holiday seasons. The island is well developed and has several hotels from which to choose starting from as low as US$10! Transport to and from Margarita Island is by air via Caracas international airport charter flights direct to Margarita or by modern ferries from Puerto La Cruz Cumana and La Guaira, more important being Conferry and Naviarca Gran Cacique. Native language is Spanish. This hidden paradise is virtually hurricane free is much visited by the sailing community who anchor principally at the Concorde Hotel bay at Porlamar. last recorded tropical storm was in August 1993)The last tropical storm was in August 1993. Marine VHF radio channels mainly used here by our foreign visitors are 16/72 and legal checking in (immigration etc) is normally done by Juan Baro of Marina Juan Telf. +582952631332 email.
Margarita Island is also one of the larger and more contrasted islands in the Caribbean, as well as being a modern and bustling small metropolis with large hypermarkets, duty free stores, good private clinics and excellent communications by sea and air, not to mention the numerous very economical and modern internet cafes and other communications centers.
We have about 4 important local newspapers of which the more important are El Sol de Margarita Diario La Hora Diario del Caribe and El Caribazo. El Yaque beach (behind airport) is also a world famous destination for wind surf and related sea sports. There are some very quiet places to live and plenty of properties to purchase at attractive prices. The average drive is about 20 minutes and longest about 1-1/2 hours. Whenever there is some unrest on the mainland (usually the capital city Caracas) Margarita island is little affected and people go about their business normally.