Venezuela is a fairly new destination on the world charter circuit, deserving nonetheless attention among yachtsmen visiting the southern Caribbean region. From the moment that guests reach Venezuela, they will be astounded by the magical ambiance of the country, a true cradle of Amerindian and Spanish culture, where tradition is intertwined with modernism and where generations celebrate lively music, dance and succulent food. This undiscovered tourist destination boasts irregular bluffs rimming the northern coastline with magnificent stretching beaches, deep turquoise waters and sunny days all year round.
And is there any better way of discovering Venezuela’s shoreline than aboard a luxury charter yacht with Sunreef Yachts Charter?
Heaven on Earth
Every guest visiting Venezuela can literally expect the unexpected. Not only are there plenty of historical monuments to visit in Venezuela, but every corner has plush flora and fauna to discover as well as breathtaking panoramas to admire. Venezuelan grounds are abundant in coco beans from which top-quality chocolate is later produced, and year-round pleasant temperatures beckon for lounging around in the sun aboard your luxury charter yacht comfortably docked off one of the country’s Caribbean islands.
Land of rich biodiversity
What each visitor in Venezuela should know is that the country is home to an extraordinarily high number of national parks. Topping at 43, these protected areas cover slightly over 21% of the country’s territory. The Henri Pittier National Park was the first one- created in 1937 and initially baptized Rancho Grande, only to be renamed nearly 20 years later in homage of Henri Pittier, a Swiss scientist who sacrificed many years on studying the fauna and flora of the region. The park covers an astounding area of over 1000 km2 where visitors can admire both mountainous and coastal regions, the latter boasting magnificent bays and beaches to visit on your luxury charter mega yacht or luxury charter catamaran. Anchor off Bahia de Cata, Playa Cuyaguya, La Cienaga de Octumare or Playa Choroni and soak in one-of-a-kind panoramas of the south American continent.
While there is more than you can imagine that pleases the eye in Venezuela, magnificent landscapes are not the only feature contributing to the country’s magic. All of the national parks in Venezuela are home to unique bird species endemic to the area making the territory a dream charter destination for all amateur ornithologists. The Henri Pittier National Park alone is the natural habitat for more than 580 species such as the peregrine falcon or the helmeted curassow, to name a couple.
Nineteen times higher than Niagara
Charter guests wishing to visit inland and willing to spare some time to do so, should not miss the chance to see the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls. Reaching 3,212 feet, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the heart of the Canaima National Park and is nineteen times higher than North America’s fabled Niagara Falls. Dropping over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain and rushing into the Rio Gauya, the falls are an astounding cascade pumping daily hectoliters of water and promising unparalleled acoustic and visual sensations.
Isla de Margarita
Margarita Island is the largest island in the Venezuelan Caribbean state of Nueva Esparta located on the northeastern coast of the country. When Christopher Columbus arrived on the island in 1498, he was the first European to discover the coast abounding in pearls which later became a primary source of wealth for the Spanish Crown.
The coast of Margarita Island is lined with many quaint and remote anchorages for your luxury charter catamaran, luxury charter mega yacht or luxury charter powerboat, as well as trendy towns with all the amenities and luxuries that you will need during your stay. The island’s main city is Porlamar with two municipal beaches, whose population rises considerably during the summer. Porlamar is a free-port, a genuine Mecca for tourists visiting trendy boutiques and top-notch restaurants rimming the city’s avenues. Only a few miles northeast of the city lies another principal hub, Pampatar, an ancient fortified city dating back to the 16th century. The town offers not only ruins of colonial fortifications against pirates but also wide beaches, warm sparkling waters, towering verdant palm trees as well as high-end shopping just like in the neighboring city of Porlamar.
Beaches on Isla de Margarita
Clearly, one of the main reasons why tourists from all over the country and the region visit the island are its premium beaches. The most celebrated beach destination on Margarita Island is Playa El Agua, the island’s longest, widest and busiest beaches, a perfect stop for charter guests who are looking both for a fun and playful destination as well as ample local flavor. This stretch of land is bordered with humongous plush palm trees that shelter restaurants, cafes, boutiques and resorts. After a day of swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing and snorkeling, visit one of the waterfront bars for an evening drink or stop by a quaint restaurant for a typical island dinner.
Playa El Yaque is topping the list of Venezuela’s busiest tourist attractions and not without a reason. Shallow water and favorable winds make this destination popular among wind and kite surfers who visit this destination in large numbers. Pick-nicking is a must when you visit Playa El Yaque so let your expert charter crew pack a delicious lunch and join the locals in celebrating each moment spent among friends or family.
Isla de Coche
Located at the southern tip of Isla de Margarita is a smaller, yet no less original island of Coche. Just like her sister-island, Isla de Coche was discovered by Christopher Columbus at the end of the 15th century and later settled by colonizers who soon abandoned the island after the neighboring Cubagua was devastated by a tropical storm. The next successful settlement of Coche took place in the 19th century and the island rests inhabited from this point on.
Isla de Coche is ideal for mooring off one of the beaches and plunging directly into warm transparent waters of the Caribbean Sea. Charter guests will be pleased to visit some of the world’s premium beaches- wide stretches of white and gold sands almost seamlessly merging into the water.
Remote and mysterious Cubagua
Welcome to the smallest island comprising the state of Nueva Esparta. This flat-topped island is rather rigid due to its dry climate and lack of verdant vegetation but Cubagua’s remoteness and unpopularity among tourists are the exact reasons why this location is unparalleled for kicking back and relaxing. The island is even deprived of streets and roads so the only way of moving around is by ferry or luxury charter yacht or catamaran, a dream solution for guests chartering with Sunreef Yachts Charter.
No luxury charter vacation in Venezuela is complete without a visit to the Los Roques archipelago. Located 100 miles north of the country’s mainland, Los Roques is best to view from aboard your luxury charter catamaran or luxury charter mega yacht. The sailing conditions in Los Roques are flawless and with clear skies and more than enough sunshine to caress your skin, it is not surprising that this Venezuelan destination is a favorite among visitors. Consisting of more than 350 islands, islets and cays, this immaculate archipelago is a maze of untouched corals gladly visited by experienced yachtsmen from all over the world.
Los Roques is an utter paradise for all avid fishermen who can expect to catch bonefish, barracuda, tarpon and Spanish mackerel, to name a few. Water sports are also popular among visitors to the region so take out your snorkeling, diving or surfing gear from the toy chest aboard your luxury charter yacht and enjoy everything that Los Roques has to offer!
While the Caribbean islands of Venezuela are a wonderful sailing ground for all luxury charter vessels, there are many more locations to visit in the country, including plush cities lining the mainland’s coast. One of these destinations best to be reached aboard a luxury charter yacht is Puerto La Cruz in the north-central part of the country. This bustling city boasts a population of close to half a million inhabitants and lives primarily off oil production thanks to one of the country’s biggest oil refineries situated there. On the other hand is the Mochima National Park surrounding the city with many beautiful beaches not to miss, such as Playa Conoma or Playa Arapito.
La Guaira, the gateway to the capital
La Guaira is a city located 20 miles north of Caracas and the country’s chief port. It was founded in 1577 and to this day it continues to export Venezuela’s main products being coffee, cocoa beans and tobacco. Throughout its history, the city was attacked many times by buccaneers and foreign armadas so it became necessary to transform it into a walled city.
La Guaira boasts a varied landscape of elegant powdery beaches lining the coast, marinas for luxury yachts and harbors for large ships, an elevated skyline of modern constructions but also mazes of colonial houses bordering the historic city center. Colorful facades and window sills as well as narrow cobblestone streets of the old town create a magical Old World ambiance that left strong footprints on local people.
Santa Ana de Coro, the region’s oldest city
In western Venezuela lies the city of Coro and its Port, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. The capital of the Falcón State is the oldest city of this Venezuelan district and it dates back to 1527. The city is worth a detour with a wide cultural tradition resulting from it being the first urban settlement founded by Spanish conquistadors who later pushed inland. Santa Ana de Coro was also the first German colony on the American continents, at the time named Neu-Augsburg, under the Welser dynasty.
Quaintly situated between the country’s coastal range and the Cordillera de Merida mountain range, this Heritage Site is a melting pot of cultures which is why there are so many historic monuments scattered around the city, including churches, cathedrals, colonial houses, streets, plazas and cemeteries. The omnipresent remarkable architecture carries both Andalusian and Dutch influence, brought to the city from nearby colonies of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
Visit Santa Ana de Coro for the day and you will not be disappointed with the time spent there. While your luxury yacht is comfortably docked on the coast with your expert crew preparing dinner in time for when you return onboard, only a short trip inland will separate you from Santa Ana de Coro, one of Venezuela’s true jewels.
Paradise for Lovers of Food
It could not have turned out otherwise but for Venezuela to become a true culinary melting pot thanks to the country’s enormous diversity from one region to another. Venezuelan cuisine is both traditional and modern and is influenced by indigenous inhabitants, Old World ancestors, African roots and more modern North American culture. Venezuelan meals are based on corn, rice, yams, plantains, beans and several types of meats, including beef, goat, rabbit, lamb or chicken.
Venezuelans are known for consuming large numbers of vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes, onions, eggplants, squashes and zucchini. Charter guests will discover all of these flavors during their luxury charter vacation either aboard the yacht through meals freshly prepared by their Chef, or in many traditional restaurants scattered about the country. Some of the staple dishes of the Venezuelan cuisine include cachapa (maize pancake), pasticho (a type of lasagna), pabellón criollo (Creole pavilion, a National dish) or torta de plátano (plantain cake). Apart from a wide assortment of local cheeses to choose from, the dessert menu is equally rich offering, among others, dulce de leche, quesillo (caramel flan), brazo gitano (type of rolled cake), torta tres leches (cake made from three types of milk) or torta de queso (local cheese cake).
One way to know the culture of a country is to listen in to its rhythms and what better way to do so than during your luxury charter vacation with Sunreef Yachts Charter? Music in Venezuela is a great example of expression of the country’s culture with music genres ranging from one region to another. There are many different types of music in Venezuela, both traditional and modern, and the musical expression is a perfect blend of African, indigenous, colonial, American as well as Caribbean influences.
Latino rhythms in Venezuela include salsa and meringue that in no time spread to other Caribbean neighborhoods, but probably the most typical music that originated in Venezuela is joropo, a rural musical style of African and European roots that resembles the European waltz. At the end of the 19th century, joropo became the country’s national dance. Joropo is of course not the only music genre in Venezuela as there is also folk, pop and rock, Caribbean as well as classical music.
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