One of the most spectacular coastal environments in Venezuela, Parque Nacional Morrocoy comprises a strip of park on the mainland, and extends offshore to scores of islands, islets and cays. Some islands are fringed by white-sand beaches and surrounded by coral reefs. The most popular of the islands is Cayo Sombrero, which has fine (though increasingly damaged) coral reefs and some of the best shaded beaches. Other snorkeling spots include Cayo Borracho, Playuela and Playuelita.
The park gets rather crowded on weekends, but is considerably less full during the week. Holidays are complete bumper-to-bumper madness. Morrocoy lies between the towns of Tucacas and Chichiriviche, which are its main gateways. Neither is a particularly pleasant place, though if you need to stay at one of them, Chichiriviche has the edge over Tucacas.