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We were there a couple years ago and loved it. There were numerous tents with the locals artwork, crafts, knick knacks, jewelry etc. It was a lovely area just to the right at the end of the pier. When you walked through that area it connected with a beach. We rented jet skis and had a great time. We never left that area by the pier and enjoyed ourselves. I don't know what the rest of the island is like but we felt safe and the shopping area and beach were very clean.

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We have been there twice with Princess. Keep in mind that many sights are a long drive from the port of El Guamache (~1 hr or more).


Back in 2000, we took a tour up into the hills above the capitol, Porlamar. We visited a historic villa, an old Catholic Cathedral and a fort. We also stopped at Porlamar for shopping. The vendors were so aggressive, we just wanted to return to the ship. The rest of the tour was excellent.


Then back in 2005 we just hung around the port area, and shopped. You can find a very fine Venezuelan Rum, Ron Santa Teresa. It comes in several varieties, but we especially like their orange rum. This was before the airline liquids rules made flying with alcohol more complicated.


If we get back to Margarita, we may go to La Restigna lagoon for a boat tour. We heard from passengers that it was beautiful. We've also heard good reviews of Isla Coche, a small beach island south of the port.





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