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We did dock at Isla Margarita with Sea Princess during Easter 2008. I think we were on the South West side of the island. The docks were industrial but there was a lovely beach and little market leading to it next to the docks. Beach very clean. Unfortunately the main city/town was at least a 60 minute drive away (and quite expensive by taxi unless there are a few of you) and there didn't seem anything local to do. It isn't a popular island to visit for cruise ships (they just dock there because at the time we went fuel was cheaper than water!) and I would advise booking through your cruise line for excurisions.
OV2 did dock at Isla Margarita last year when we were on this cruise. Most went to the beach via a really nice market. Some of the people we met had a nice day at the botanical gardens however some who did thier own thing said it was very expensive and they were a bit nervous about getting back in time as it was a good hour to the nearest towns etc.
We are on OV2 and dock at Caracas we are a bit worried about what to do there, understand it is not very safe but the ship doesnt seem to offer a trip we are interested in.
Can you do your own thing here.
Sorry can't help. I know Venezuela is not supposed to be particularly safe but can't comment as i have never been. Perhaps you should ask the question on this site, there must be people who can help?
Hi Janey. Been there twice - docked last winter, by tender this year cos a Pullmantur cruiser was occupying the only berth, but its all the same place, Punta de Mangle (not kidding, Google it worldwide & scroll down to Photos & Videos & you'll see a taxi with ov behind)). Off the ship, or tender, to an interesting selection of souvenir stalls, bar, etc, super beach close by without leaving the secure area, taxis at port gate. Beyond is a small & seedy industrial area, then desert. So for a quiet easy day, stick to stalls/beach.
But, esp if you're on a 7 day cruise (not calling at Caracas), you really ought to see more - options include the ship's "Party Bus" at about £34 pp, or a taxi at port gate for just $75 for up to 4 passengers, to Playa Parguito (lively beach). Or to Porlamar (main town) is a little cheaper and the "real" Venezuela, but is otherwise uninteresting. Return time should be well under an hour, but allowing at least an hour is sensible. We used taxis both times (sharing with other passengers, as easy as other destinations) Can't agree that its expensive, I rate it one of the cheapest calls on the itinerary. Yankee dollar no prob except perhaps in Porlamar. The island is rather grubby, but safe enough. But La Guaira (port for Caracas) is grim, as are parts of Caracas, & I agree with everyone that for Caracas, a ship's excursion is easily the best bet. The "museums" gives you the best tour of the city, others enjoyed the "jeep adventure", all include the quite spectacular cablecar. Hardly "Caribbean", but interesting & safe. Have a great time, Chris.
Thanks for the info. it's helped me plan the day in Isla Margarita. We are going to Caracas but we will do the trip up the cable car with the ship. We are going on 11th February so not long now. Thanks again Janey.