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Los Roques

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Archipelago de Los Roques is a chain of islands and coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea about 166 km north of the Venezuelan mainland. Administratively, they are part of Venezuela's Federal Dependencies.

Understand[edit]

Francisqui, Los Roques

The Archipelago de Los Roques National Park spans 225,153 hectares of sea and land and includes over 40 cayos or islands as well as some 250 coral reefs.

History[edit]

Declared a National Park in 1972.

Landscape[edit]

Los Roques islands are usually calm, quiet, and usually deserted, which makes it great to be with your family alone. It has the main island, Gran Roque, which is a collection of small villa-style hotels which are small but comfortable. Los Roques is full of natural pools and beautiful fish.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The flora and the fauna of Los Roques Archipelago are the coral reefs that host some of the most beautiful underwater fauna and flora of the Caribbean. The park has exceptionally beautiful beaches of white sand and multicolor, crystalline warm waters which make it a diving, sailing and fishing paradise.

Climate[edit]

Hot and unforgiving. There is very little shade on the cays, and even sun umbrellas don't stop all the sun's rays. If you burn easily, be sure to slap on protection at all times.

Get in[edit]

By Plane[edit]

About a 40 min flight from Caracas in fairly small planes 12 seats , 4 flights every day to Los Roques , landing at the air strip on Gran Roque. There are also flights from Porlamar on Margarita Island.

By Boat[edit]

Private yachts stop off at the islands but there is no commercial ferry service.

Fees/Permits[edit]

Entry to the Park must be paid upon landing in Gran Roque. The latest prices were 10 USD for Venezuelans and 60 USD for foreigners ( Sep 2019). It's a great place for you and your family to relax and have fun.

Get around[edit]

The easiest but not the cheapest way of seeing Los Roques is by organising an all-inclusive tour from Caracas. If you arrange your own accommodation, your posada will probably find a boat that can take you out to the cays and may include it in the cost of your room. Alternatively, you can approach boat captains at the harbour area on Gran Roque at around 9:30 each morning. However you get out to the islands, almost all the boats, or lanchas, will leave you there all day and come back to pick you up around 4 pm.

On Gran Roque, the only vehicle is the rubbish cart, and everywhere can be reached by foot.

By boat[edit]

  • Yacht charter in Venezuela and Los Roques[11] A local and one of the oldest yacht charter companies in South America, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to luxury yachts.
  • SailingRoques[12] SailingRoques offers sailing vacations in the Los Roques archipelago of Venezuela, on board of the sailingyacht Soltana.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Turtle Sanctuary, Dos Mosquises, [1]. Run by Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques, the research station and turtle sanctuary on Dos Mosquises is worth a visit. The Spanish-speaking staff will give an introduction to the station's work breeding several different types of marine turtle. The sanctuary charges a small entry fee, so bring some change in your swimming trunks.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Snorkeling. Most of the beaches of Los Roques have some incredible snorkeling. Your posada will arrange for you to hire a mask and flippers, or try Oscar Shop just outside the airport.  edit
  • Diving. Los Roques are a paradise for scuba diving. A couple of places in Gran Roque offer trips and courses for beginners and refreshers.  edit
  • Windsurfing, Francisqui Abajo. You can hire windsurfing and kitesurfing kit from the centre on a small island in the Francisqui group, a short boat ride from Gran Roque.  edit
  • Kitesurfing. You can do kitesurfing at a couple of the islands. The sea is quite shallow around the islands so it should be easier to have an instructor with you and to get back up when you fall off.  edit
  • Hike. Take the small hike up the hill next to the 'town' on the main island for sunset/sunrise  edit


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Eat[edit][add listing]

Wonderfully fresh lobsters are available in season.


There only seem to be eight  proper restaurants on the island but they are all good.Some options of Restaurants in Los Roques  url="https://www.losroques.com/posada/index.php/es/enlaces" 

The Empanada place in the town square turns into a chicken/beef burger place in the evenings.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are five bars on the beach at Gran Roque that serve great cocktails just inches from the sea. The atmosphere is relaxed in the extreme - just melt into a beanbag with a mojito in your hand and watch the sun go down...

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Gran Roque, Los Roques


  • Posada Karlin, 414 287-7554. Basic rooms but with air conditioning and good food cooked by Perfecta. Bs.100,000 incl breakfast and dinner.  edit
  • Roque Lusa, Northern end of town. Bs.300 incl breakfast.  edit
  • Posada la Laguna, calle la Laguna ([email protected]), +58 212 9150666, [7].  edit

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Stay safe[edit]

Los Roques is the safest and quietest island in the entire Caribbean ,Crime is virtually unknown on Los Roques but you should still take normal precautions.

Get out[edit]

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