Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
The global site for cruising sailors
Sections
You are here: Home / Countries / Venezuela / An update for Venezuela sailing - November 2013

An update for Venezuela sailing - November 2013

By Doyle Guides — last modified Nov 04, 2014 09:25 AM
This report is taken from the Doyle Guides website.

Published: 2013-11-22 00:00:00
Countries: Venezuela

http://doyleguides.info/

An update for Venezuela sailing November 2013. We have spent several years sailing around Venezuela. Since August this year we sailed from Puerto La Cruz to Isla Tortuga, to Carenero, Los Roques, Las Aves, Bonaire, then return south to Punta san Juan, Ensa Cata, marina Caraballeda, Carenero, Tortuga and back to Puerto La Cruz. Sailing was good in both directions, it's a good route.

The guardia costa called us on VHF 16 many times during our trip to check if all was ok.

Caraballeda marina is not so good, there are sunken boats unmarked in the middle of the channel 2ft below the surface. We hit one! They have been there since 1999.

You cannot clear in to Venezuela in Los Roques, one can only clear into to Los Roques marine park, that is not the same thing. The only Island you can clear into Venezuela is Isla Margarita.

Due to the security problems in Porlamar anchorage, it is better to use the Marina Venetur near Pampatar. There is no water or electric but there is security.

The Guardia may come to you at any of the islands, they will ask questions and fill out a form. They will give you a copy, there is no charge, they are just keeping a check, but you are not cleared in.

If you are cleared in to Venezuela, one can stay in Las Aves as long as your papers allow. If you are not cleared in, but are on route, the coastguard will allow you to stay a few days, maybe more. Problems have arisen by people sailing from Bonaire or Curacao without clearing out and then spend weeks or months in Roques and Aves, when they are caught they have problems because of being in Venezuela without clearance or zarpes for a previous port. It is important to remember, Venezuela maybe a bit 3rd world in many areas, but they insist you clear in and out of their country upon arrival and exit, as does every other country in the world. Failure to do so is an offence and to rectify the problem, especially in a foreign language will be expensive.

You cannot clear in to Venezuela in Medregal Village, only in clearance ports mentioned in the Doyle guide, agents in the marinas can help for a fee, it should cost no more than 4000 Bolivares with an agent. This is for a 3 month or 6 month stay depending where you clear in. Renewal is cheaper. 18 months total is allowed, then you must clear out.

Anchoring overnight in the islands outside near Puerto La Cruz and Mochima is no certainlymore dangerous than anywhere else we have travelled in the Caribbean, and contrary to a recent update, many motor boats and some sail boats do anchor overnight. The fisherman are friendly, I prefer to anchor near a fishing village. Common sense precautions apply of course. Marinas are inexpensive with the exchange rate around 60 Bolivares to the Dollar. Local knowledge is important but listen to those who visit these islands and not stories from a friend of a friend.

Downtown Puerto La Cruz (Paseo Colon) and Plaza Mayor (Lecherias) is safe daytime or evenings, evenings the area is buzzing, great family atmosphere.

Outside the marina area of Bahia Redonda can be risky at night, daytime is ok, but don't go too far and don't dress like a tourist, no jewellery, Ipads etc just common sense.

Share |
Countries
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Ascension Island
Australia
Azores
BIOT (Chagos)
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bonaire
Bosnia
Bouvetoya
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Canary Islands
Cape Verdes
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Cocos Keeling
Colombia
Comoros
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor (Timor Leste)
Easter Island
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Subantarctic Territory
Galapagos
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Hawaii
Heard, McDonald & Macquarie Islands
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Juan Fernandez Islands
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Macau
Madagascar
Madeira
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marion & Prince Edward Island
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands
Nicaragua
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Marianas
Norway
Oman
Palau (Belau)
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Reunion Island
Romania
Russia
Saba
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
South Korea
Spain
Spanish Virgin Islands
Sri Lanka
St Barts
St Helena
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Martin
St Pierre & Miquelon
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Statia
Subantarctic & Southern Ocean Islands
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks & Caicos
Tuvalu
US Virgin Islands
USA
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Add/Update Your Business
If you would like your business to be listed, or the details are wrong, please update your business