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Los Roques A string of 300 islands seventy miles off the north coast of Venezuela, Los Roques was designates a national park in the '70s and has remained one the best kept secrets in the Carabbien ever since. In the past few years it has been transformed into a barefoot-chic getaway for fashion editors, Italian beach bums and Latina beauties , all in search of a low-key scene and some of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the planet. The national-park status means visitors and hotels are kept to a minimum, creating a feeling of exclusivity.

Home base is the island of Gran Roque-with a population less then a thousand- which is woven with dusty roads (no cars allowed) and punctuated by simple pastel-painted posadas (inns), storefront bars and pretty terraced restaurants.

Book a room at La Quigua, a cheerful and beautifully decorated posada. Or try Mediterraneo with some of the island's best food and particularly festive communal dinners. Most posadas are all inclusive. But this does not mean that you can't try the nearby rooftop restaurant for spectacular sea bass, perfectly crisp plantains and the sweetest of lobsters. You can't find this restaurant without the help of a local or a guide.

The day's activities revolve around boat trips to different islands with deserted beaches and crystal-clear water. Upon your arrival, tanned fishermen pull tender lobster and still-wiggling fish out of the warm, shallow water and begin grilling. Pristine reefs full of parrot fish, turtles and angelfish allow for amazing snorkeling and diving. And the twenty miles of barrier reef keep the waters immaculately calm, giving bonefishing aficionados some of the world's best hunting grounds.

Los Roques includes 300 tiny islands, virtually guaranteeing your own private beach. Highlights include Crasqui, a Robinson Crusoe-like mix of ultramarine water and powder white sand. Francisqui island it is great for snorkeling, Cayo Pirata or Agustin for a glimpse of how the remaining fishermen and pirates, if you believe the local lore, live among the mangroves. In Dos Mosquises famous for its turtle hatchery, is one of the many ecologically minded projects under way in the archipelago.

This destination is great ever for spending here the Christmas. Christmas Eve the entire community takes to the main square for dancing, eating and drinking. Don't be surprised when one of the many natty old men in beautiful cream-colored suits cuts in your own date and puts your dances moves to shame.

Image Source - venezueladigital.net

Los Roques Lists
Islands of Venezuela
Archipelagoes in the Caribbean Sea
North Atlantic Ocean atolls
Coral reefs

Tags: venezuela, exotic

Category: Travel  - ( Travel Archive)

Date Added: 17 December '07

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