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Margarita is a small south American island, located just off the coast of Venezuela. The genuine friendly vibe, created from the south American roots ensures a feeling of warmth and welcome.
The commonly used name 'Pearl of The Caribbean' refers to the long, white, sandy beaches, and crystal clear flat waters. Also making it a freestylers heaven, and is home to many of the top freestylers in the world!
El Yaque was originally a small fishing village, but it's perfect wind and water conditions were discovered by windsurfers, who flocked form far and wide, and built the town around their beloved sport. It is a place where you can completely unwind, and submerge yourself into windsurfing.
The array of amazing trips and tours around Margarita make it the base for some unforgettable adventures!
Our spot in El Yaque is perfect for everyone, there is no better to place to learn, and young kids can enjoy the shore break free shores. No matter whether you want to practice beach or water start, gybes or freestyle moves - in El Yaque beginners and advanced will find ideal conditions for making progress in windsurfing. Whilst non windsurfing family members can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and get involved with some of the extra activities.
El Yaque holds perfect, safe, conditions for kids keen to learn how to windsurf, there is no shore break, and the shallow water means the instructors can be by their side helping and encouraging the whole way.
For children too young to windsurf, there's not a lot of other activities for them to participate in, and there aren't any kids clubs. Generally El Yaque is more geared up for couples and singles looking to throw themselves into relaxation and windsurfing.
El Yaque is a friendly place for kids, but you should definitely be aware of the lack of kids entertainment, and therefore it is definitely not the most ideal destination.
In El Yaque you will find a spot with some of the highest number of windy days in the world, and on top of that, the spot definitely has the highest wind guarantee from December until May. In the summer months the wind is less strong. During winter it blows with a force of 3-5 Beaufort in the morning and after midday thermal conditions intensify the trade wind to a force of about 4-7 Beaufort. The spot itself is over 1 km long and with a steady sideshore wind from the left.
The wind blows across the salt flats (salinas) and beach, giving perfect, super flat water conditions. It feels like sailing on silk. Coche is ideal for both kiting and windsurfing; however it has recently become more popular among Kitesurfers.
The constant offshore wind, direction is from the east, blowing at a speed of about 12 knots in the morning and gradually building to around 25 knots in the afternoon.
There are a bunch of other activities in El Yaque, for non windsurfing partners, the odd no wind day, or when you just want a break from windsurfing. The other watersports include Paddle Boarding, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and kitesurfing.
The night life of El Yaque follows the traditional Latin American Merengue which is sure to get you dancing. However being built around the watersports, the emphasis is mainly on chilling out in the bars, people chatting about their day on the water, and nursing their blistered hands.
Nearby is Polemar which is a sophisticated city, around 20 minutes away in a taxi. There you will find an array of bars and night clubs, all very reasonably priced.
Alongside the reliable wind and warm atmosphere to draw you to Margarita, the adventures that surround the island take you to places with beauty you can never forget.
Here at Planet we specialize in creating tailor-made trips, and love the adventurous opportunities around Margarita which allow us to put together an awesome itinerary. It is a really good idea to give us a ring if you’re interested in a tailor-made adventure, for more information and examples of itineraries. A typical trip could include:
Los Roques is an archipelago (small cluster of islands) containing outstanding beauty, a truly spectacular place!
In 1972 it was made a national park, so it’s natural beauty above and below the water remains unspoilt, with tourism heavily controlled.
The small airport is situated on El Gran Roque is where you arrive by a small aircraft. From here you can book trips for the following day to the other islands, and have a choice of around 12 different tours to choose between.
Los Roques promises stunning underwater sight for divers and kitesurfers will be equally ecstatic after a session on the crystal clear waters. Although the wind in Los Roques is not the same reliable strength of El Yaque, when it does blow be sure to have your kit on you, ready for a session amongst dolphins and turtles.
A visit to the incredibly interesting, and beautiful national park Canaima, would definitely be on the cards. Involving excursions to some of the many spectacular sights, including the worlds tallest waterfall ‘Salto Angel’ translating to ‘Angel Falls’, measuring a whopping 1002 meters, that’s 15 times higher than Niagra Falls! The most adventurous way to visit the natural wonder is by white water rafting from Canaima lagoon, and finishing up at the foot of Angel Falls. This is only possible during certain times of the year.
From Canaima Lagoon you can take a ‘Curiara’ (traditional hollowed out canoe) and experience and up close look of the other waterfalls in Canaima, and see awesome views of the ‘Tepuis’ which are flat topped mountains.
The extreme landscape of the national park makes for some challenging trekking, including a trek to the top from the tiny village of Uruyen, which takes three days on rough tracks.
The adventurous activities in Canaima are endless!
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