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.
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.
Declared a National Park in 1972.
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
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.
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.
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.
Private yachts stop off at the islands but there is no commercial ferry service.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.