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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…
Cigars in Cumaná

Tabaqueria La Cumanesa

Cumaná is renowned for its export-quality cigars, and at this company, founded in 1893, you can stroll the factory and watch the workers sort and hand-roll the 13 varieties. All save one are made from Venezuelan-gro…
Cave in Cueva del Guácharo

Cueva del Guácharo

Venezuela’s longest and most magnificent cave is 12km from Caripe on the road toward the coast. Alexander von Humboldt, the eminent scientist, penetrated 472m into the grotto in September 1799, and it was he who fir…
Architectural in Cumaná

Casa Ramos Sucre

Casa Ramos Sucre is dedicated to a local poet, José Antonio Ramos Sucre, born here in 1890. Sucre’s poetry was well ahead of his time, and it was only in the 1960s that his verses attracted the attention of scholars…
Venezuelan in Río Caribe

Mi Cocina

Down an unlikely side street parallel to Av Bermúdez, this little air-conditioned oasis comes complete with a religious shrine. The dishes on offer form a standard Venezuelan set (fried catch of the day, grilled mea…
Venezuelan in Río Caribe

La Tasca de Luís

The mounted head of a bull flanked by two calves is the charmingly shameless centerpiece of this tasca restaurant's decor. Dark wood furniture, an old-school bar and unfortunate white strip lighting complete the sce…
in Península de Araya

El Refugio del Marinero

Located near the port right on the beach where the catch of the day is brought in, this fantastic place will serve you up a sublime lunch of freshly caught fish, plantains and rice cooked up by the friendly women wh…
Historic Building in Cumaná

Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia

The grandest and best-restored colonial structure in town is the coral-rock Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia, with good views over the city and coastline from a hill just southeast of the center. Constructed …
French in Cumaná

Les Jardins de Sucre

This beautifully designed and exceptionally good French restaurant has its diners discreetly spread out over a shaded patio around a small water garden. Delicious seafood, classic French cooking and a range of crepe…
Farm in Around Río Caribe

Chocolates Paria

Tour the small-scale organic shade-grown cacao plantation and nibble on samples of varying concentration at this excellent chocolate producer. Tours are available in German, English and French. From Río Caribe's bus…