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in Clarines & Píritu

Iglesia de San Antonio

The Iglesia de San Antonio is at the upper end of the historic town of Clarines. Built in the 1750s, the church is a massive, squat construction laid out in a Latin-cross floor plan, and is one of only a few example…
Beach in Puerto la Cruz

Santa Fe

This fishing town is popular with international backpackers for its proximity to the islands of Parque Nacional Mochima. Travelers spend their days island-hopping and their nights drinking beer or merengadas (fruity…
Shopping Centre in Puerto la Cruz

Complejo Turistico El Morro

This large, modern waterfront complex is one of the most ambitious urban projects ever to be carried out in the country - a 20th century Venezuelan Venice. Set on a coastal stretch of land, the complex is a model re…
Waterfront in Puerto la Cruz

Paseo Colón

The lively waterfront boulevard, Paseo Colón, is the place for a late afternoon or evening promenade. This seafront and beach area comes to life when a gentle breeze sweeps away the heat of the day and kitschy …
Vegetarian in Puerto la Cruz

Centro Naturalista La Colmena

This lunch-only vegetarian cafe and natural-products shop has flowery tables and a tiny covered terrace looking out across the boulevard to the sea. It serves good and healthy set lunches and will thrill any vegetar…
in Parque Nacional Mochima

El Mochimero

Definitely the most atmospheric place in town to eat, this rather pricey Spanish-run restaurant has a fantastic spot on the seafront, with water virtually spilling into the dining room. The food is good – try the fr…
in Clarines & Píritu

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

The fortresslike, three-nave Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción has quite a number of remarkable colonial altarpieces. The main retable and the two side retables date from about 1745 and are richly gilded.
in Puerto la Cruz

La Tirantela

An old school panadería (bakery) set a short distance back from the seafront, La Tirantela offers good coffee, croissants and cake for all occasions, but makes for a great breakfast and people-watching spot.
Italian in Puerto la Cruz

Trattoria della Nonna

This rather touristy Italian restaurant is nevertheless a good choice, with lots of different pizzas on offer, rich pasta dishes and a good seafood selection. Venezuelan specialties also available.
in Puerto la Cruz

Grill House

A large and busy eatery on the main drag offering a large selection of good value pizzas, cachapas (corn pancakes), arepas and parrillas (mixed grills)