Museum in Isla De Margarita

Museo Marino

This good Marine Museum is worth the trip across the island, especially for families. It has a shallow pool of safe-to-handle starfish, snails and other underwater fauna that will thrill the kids. (But don’t...

Canal in Isla De Margarita

Parque Nacional Cerro El Copey

If you have your own wheels (or are willing to hire a taxi) and want to leave the crowds behind, head up into this fresh, hilly national park, southwest of La Asunción. The old road climbs up through cool,...

Activity in Pampatar

Castillo de San Carlos Borromeo

Pampatar’s fort, the Castillo de San Carlos Borromeo, is in the center of town, on the waterfront. It was built from 1663 to 1684 on the site of a previous stronghold that was destroyed by European pirates. It’s...

Activity in La Asunción

Museo Nueva Cádiz

On the northern side of the plaza is the Museo Nueva Cádiz, named after the first Spanish town in South America, which was established around 1500 on Isla Cubagua, south of Margarita. An earthquake in 1541...

Activity in Isla De Margarita

Parque Nacional Laguna de la Restinga

This national park covers the lagoon and a large mass of mangroves riddled with narrow, labyrinthine channels at its western end. This is a habitat for dolphins, turtles and over 100 species of bird, including...

Canyon in Isla De Margarita

El Valle del Espíritu Santo

Commonly called 'El Valle' (the Valley), this small town is Margarita's spiritual capital, home to the island's patroness, the miraculous Virgen del Valle. Her image, kept in the mock-Gothic church on the plaza,...

Activity in El Valle Del Espíritu Santo

Casa Museo Santiago Mariño

The Casa Museo Santiago Mariño is the house where its namesake hero of the War of Independence was born in 1788. The sizable country mansion has been painstakingly reconstructed and fitted with vintage furniture...

Activity in Porlamar

Positano

Serving up some of the best pizza in the country, Positano is an Italian restaurant that offers a full menu of pasta, meat dishes and multiple delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. You can eat inside to...

Ruins in Juangriego

Fortín de la Galera

Crowning the hill just north of town is the Fortín de la Galera. These days little remains of the colonial fort (destroyed by the Spanish royalist army in 1817) other than some stone walls with a terrace and a...

Activity in Porlamar

Mediterraneo Bluu Café

By far the best place to eat in town, this smart, friendly and excellent Mediterranean-fusion restaurant has a sumptuous and innovative menu and the choice of tables in a shaded courtyard or in its North...

Live Music in Porlamar

Kamy Beach

This slick, beachside nightclub has a distinct tropical feel, with swaying palms, thatched-roofed bars and square beds (with romantic curtains) on the sand. White lounge sofas and airy terraces overlook the beach...

Activity in Juangriego

El Viejo Muelle

The best of the eateries (but also the most expensive) lining the bay in Juangriego is El Viejo Muelle with its little mock lighthouse and tables on the sand. You can have a drink while watching the sunset or eat...

Activity in El Yaque

Café Beach Local

The restaurant of the El Yaque Beach Hotel has a great situation right on the beach, and serves up a great selection of international cuisine and cocktails strong enough to satisfy even the most demanding party...

Seafood in Porlamar

La Casa de Rubén

This charming, hidden-away family-run restaurant comes complete with a massive collection of kitschy art and old photos on the walls. But come here for the top-notch seafood, all prepared using traditional island...

Desserts in Porlamar

Panadería 4 de Mayo

Of several bustling panaderías (bakeries) in the vicinity, this invariably popular spot comes up trumps. It also has beautiful pastries, sandwiches and cakes, and its terrace is one of Porlamar’s top people...

Activity in Porlamar

Jumbo Arepa

You can eat anytime at this arepera (restaurant selling arepas; stuffed corn pancakes) that never closes. Even if you’re not hungry at 3am, this is a good choice – delicious fillings and low prices that also make...

Activity in Pampatar

Café Colonial

This is by far Pampatar’s most charming eating option and it’s well worth stopping off for a meal here on your way through the town’s historic center. The place is bright and airy, with a delicious menu of modern...

Cafe in Porlamar

El Pollo de Carlitos

This rustic restaurant does great grilled chicken and meats and has an airy front patio, but it’s located in an unattractive area. Try the half chicken with hallaca (chopped meat and vegetables in corn dough,...

Bar in Porlamar

Cheers

Ripping off the US sitcom’s logo and identity is this surprisingly pleasant restaurant-bar with a dark pub atmosphere, good food and a great U-shaped bar. The decor is one of tasteful wood and brick, along with...