Venezuela covers the northeastern part of South America. It is a
beautiful country, large enough to offer all kinds of landscapes
and climates. A country of rainforests, deserts, idyllic
islands, and Andean mountains so tall they are capped in snow.
There are immense areas of mangroves and savannas with table
mountains. Here you find the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel
Venezuelan society has been influenced by Indian civilizations,
Spanish conquest, and a long hard struggle for independence.
Today it is an independent country with a Spanish tradition. Oil
is a major resource and Venezuelans are technologically
advanced. There have been both economic and political problems
in the last few years, but the country has vast resources, both
human and material, and there is hope that things will turn
around at some point.
Many yachtspeople used to visit Venezuela to haul out and refit
their vessels. One of the big advantages of hauling here being
that the coastal area around Puerto la Cruz and Cumaná is
extremely dry, excellent for both drying out hulls and getting
work done. However, the political climate, lack of civil
society, and breakdown of te bsic ecomony means for many of us
it is off limits for now.
Which is shame. Venezuela offers superb cruising.
The offshore islands from Testigos through to Las Aves offer
spectacular away from it all cruising with idyllic beaches and
turquoise water colors.
The mainland has several magnificent national parks with
mangrove islands where bird watching includes parrots and
scarlet ibis. Many towns have marinas or anchorages, where you
can stay and enjoy the local culture and food.
It should be noted that currently security is a promlem almost
Keep in touch with the current situation on our
advisories page. and
since August 05
Medregal Village Marina & Haulout