Island "Pearl of the Caribbean"
about three times the size of Germany and houses approximately
22 millions of people. It is divided politically into
23 states; one of them is your vacation destination, Margarita
Island forms together with the islands Coche and Cubagua
the State Nueva Esparta. It belongs politically
and culturally to Venezuela, fact that distinguishes
it to the Large and Small Antilles. A shellfish
named Pinctada Margaritifera is to be hold responsible
for its nickname Pearl of the Caribbean. This shellfish
was an important factor for the local economy for more
than 500 years – into the 60ies of the last century.
tourism is the most important economical factor on the
Island. But clocks seem to turn slower here because of
the climate and the mentality. Smaller inconveniences
may happen, as in any country with its touist industry
in recent development. The natives make up for it with
charm, warmth and an incredible talent for improvising.
Island is about 40 km from the mainland. It is composed
by two parts of different sizes: the heavily populated
east with the central mountain range La Sierra and
the touristy sectors as Playa El Agua, Pedro Gonzalez,
Porlamar and Juan Griego and the almost unpopulated west,
the peninsula Macanao with its mile-long cactus fields.
Both parts are unified by a land bridge, that is the
heart of National Park La Restinga, a 10.700 ha large
salt water lagoon, where the mangrove woods have formed
serpentine canals and tunnels, some of them covered by
may discover the hidden beauties of the island in two
days by car or by bus. Let the island surprise you!
the way: Colon supposedly has seen the island, but he
never landed on it!