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Venezuela Cruising Report

By doina — last modified Jan 30, 2007 11:27 AM

Published: 2007-01-30 11:27:44
Countries: Venezuela

From Trinidad or Grenada, sailing West to Venezuela, the best stop is in LOS TESTIGOS that is not a port of entry but it is possible to drop the anchor for a few days. There is a coastguard base on the bigger island, they are very friendly.

At PORLAMAR, is. Margarita, from August 2006 there is a port police office and is easier to do the check in and out. There is also Juan Marina that can do the formalities for you and of course it will cost a few bolivars more. Many yachts are anchored in Porlamar bay, but there is also a Hilton marina a few miles east of Porlamar. This marina has no facilitis for yacht and is far from the city.

We have sailed in the beautiful Venezuelan islands for three months and we never had security problems. Of course the dinghy and outboard must be lifted every night.

We sail with our dog Trudy and after the restrictions we had in the Caribbean islands, we feel more relaxed with our westie in Venezela were there is no problem for the pets if they have all the vacinations.

Los Roques are still a paradise for the yacht. In Gran Roque there is a possibility to buy fresh food and pay the nacional park tax to the Guardia National.

In Bahia Redonda Marina at Puerto la Cruz, our S/Y Jancris, 56 ft. long, pays 15 Euro per day including water and electricity (230 or 110). The marina is very good and very safe in all weather conditions.

January 2007

S/Y JANCRIS Nicoletta and Alfredo Giacon