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Caribbean Coast Holidays

Caribbean Coast Venezuela holidays

East of Caracas

To the east of Caracas is the Mochima National Park made up of a series of small, mostly uninhabited islands with white sandy beaches. This is an ideal place for fishing and snorkelling. It is possible to see whales at the end of January and during the month of February. The Paria Peninsula is a lush, green landscape of small hills, farms and hamlets. On the northern coast, there are a number of lovely beaches fringed by coconut palms.

West of Caracas

About four hours west of Caracas, the lively colonial town of Choroni nestles between Henri-Pittier National Park and some palm-fringed beaches. The tiny and sleepy 385-yearold town of Choroni is charming, with just a few narrow streets lined with fine pastel painted houses.

Just beyond Choroni is the fishing village of Puerto Colombia, which was once at the heart of the chocolate-growing region and has now become hip with backpackers. Henri-Pittier is particularly ideal for birdwatchers, with 578 species of birds recorded, representing 43% of all those found in Venezuela. Further west, you can see the giant dunes at Coro or explore the Morrocoy National Marine Park.

Caribbean Coast Venezuela

Holidays In Caribbean Coast Venezuela

The National Park of Morrocoy encompasses a strip of mainland, and an offshore area dotted with islands, islets and cays. The islands feature white-sand beaches surrounded by coral reefs. The water is so shallow in parts that it is possible to walk between some of the islands! The area is ideal for snorkelling. Adjoining the park is the Cuare Wildlife Sanctuary, created to protect the abundance of marine birdlife – including frigate birds, brown boobies, pelicans, flamingos and herons. We recommend that you avoid the area over the Christmas and New Year period as it is very overcrowded.

Coro is a compact and pleasant city, ideal for leisurely strolls around the cobbled streets. There are many beautiful buildings and shaded plazas. It also has a cultured feel to it, which is primarily due to the presence of a large university. Coro features some of the best colonial architecture in the whole country and it is also host to some interesting museums. The cathedral in Plaza Bolivar is one of the two oldest churches in Venezuela (the other is on Margarita island). In 1993, Coro was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The spectacular desert landscape of Médanos (sand dunes up to 30m high) lie a few kilometres to the north of Coro. It was designated a national park in 1974. The Médanos serve as a gateway to the windswept Paraguaná peninsula, while to the south are the easily accessible tropical forests of Sierra de San Luis mountains.

Paraguaná is Venezuela’s largest peninsula, originally an island, the constant wind and waves have gradually created a sandbar linking it to the mainland. The climate is generally dry with a period of light rain extending from October to December. The beaches on Paraguaná don’t compare with those of Morrocoy or Henri Pittier. Like most
other beaches in Venezuela they are quiet on weekdays and crowded on weekends. Sierra de San Luis boasts charming towns, verdant mountains, forests, waterfalls, caves and ‘simas’ deep vertical holes in the ground. There is a good choice of walking paths and birdwatching opportunities.

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