Pampatar is about a 40 minute drive from Margarita's Santiago Marino International Airport, via a fast highway.
Car rentals are available in Porlamar as well as in other parts of the island including at the airport and Playa El Yaque. Ensure that you thoroughly check the credentials of any rental agencies and ensure that they are licensed, have readily accessible office and an office contact number. Also ensure that you fully check the vehicle for any pre-existing damage including all lower body panels, the roof, and all window glass, before you sign the contract with any rental provider.
Learn Spanish, or pick up the first words necessary to get around while on the island.
Cela Spanish School, Calle Corocoro Qta. Cela Urbanizacion Playa El Angel, Pampatar (travel north east of the city to Pampatar), ☎ +58 295 262 8198, +58 412 353 3124, . The school is owned and managed by Sabine Loffler, PhD in Linguistics and specialist in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. The school has also a free on-line version where you can learn Spanish for your travel to Venezuela. Teaching is to 5 levels of ability and Spanish courses for special purposes such as medicine law and business are available. Courses are offered in small groups with a maximum of 7 participants and it is also possible to book one-to-one lessons.
Sambil Mall Food Court, Sambil Mall, . 10:00 AM-9:PM. The food court has something for just about everyone. There are well know American franchises such as KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, as well as more interesting local and international foods available within this food court. Everyone in your group can dine on something different while eating together as a group.
Casa Caranta, Avenida Joaquín Maneiro (Located on the main strip in Pampatar), ☎ +58 295-262-8610. 7pm-1:00am. Located in downtown Pampatar, this restaurant's principal inspirations are Italy, Asia, and the Americas. The menu changes regularly, is handwritten on large chalkboards and brought to your table. Live music most nights. Closed Sun during the low season.
Dolphin Restaurant, Avenida Aldonza Manrique (in the Playa El Angel section outskirts of Pampatar), ☎ 58 295 262 1662. Hours vary by season. Italian, seafood and international cuisine are the specialities. It is closed on Sundays.
Catabar (reservations recommended), Avenida Joaquín Maneiro (Located on the main strip in Pampatar), ☎ +58 295-772-7589, . Daily 7pm-midnight. A variety of international cuisine. The chef is from France and the presentation is what one would expect from a five star restaurant. Their desserts receive high praise from the local food critics. A wine list and cocktails are also available. There is a lounge and bar in the rear. The owner speaks English if help is required with the menu.
El Fondeadero, Avenida Joaquín Maneiro (next to the fort water front), . Enjoy waterfront dining while being served fresh seafood that was caught that day or chose from a variety of other dishes.
Tiffany's (on the outskirts of Pampatar), (located on the road behind Farmatodo). the only gay club in the island
Guesthouse La Casa De Maria, Playa El Angel, Calle Petronila Mata, Casa María A-38, ☎ 58 416-399-6435. A converted family home, now a guest house containing eight rooms. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, fan, small fridge, cable TV and self contained private bathrooms with hot water. Centrally located in a pleasant residential area, within easy reach of all services and activities. Public and private transportation nearby. Walking distance to shopping centers, supermarkets, pharmacies, liquor stores and restaurants. Breakfast included, except Sunday. Free Internet service and airport transfers.