Cruising Guide to Venezuela and Bonaire

By Chris Doyle, updated by Oscar Hernandez (Venezuela) and George de Salvo (Bonaire)

First edition published 1994

This (4th) edition  published 2007

Format: 6 by 9 inches, glossy paper

Plasticoil binding for lay flat opening

304 pages  

Includes a small amount of advertising of great local interest

High-quality color photography

45 full-color aerial anchorage photos

Lots of full color photography

Over 120 full color sketch charts – most complete coverage available

Full GPS coverage, with waypoints that are directly downloadable from our GPS page

Updated on this web Venezuela  and Bonaire (includes reader updates, please send us yours)


I wrote the review below when we first published this guide. Nothing wrong with it, but  Venezuela has deteriorated from a security point of view fairly rapidly since then and not so many people visit by yacht any more, though a few still do and some places like Los Roques seem fairly safe. However, it is a problem keeping the guide up to date and our web updates (links above) should be read in conjuction with the guide.

Publisher's Review:

Since 1994 Doyle's Cruising Guide to Venezuela and Bonaire has set the standard for this area. This edition has been completely updated. It is the best selling guide to the area for the following reasons:

Excellent anchorage charts that are based on the authors’ surveys and are very clear and detailed. The government charts of Venezuela are not especially accurate or detailed so for many harbors the charts in this guides are either the most accurate charts, or the only charts available.

Aerial photos are included for most anchorages. Like all Doyle’s guides, it is beautifully printed in full color on glossy paper with lots of scenic photography.

The navigational information is clear and concise, with GPS waypoints. Doyle's guides are unsurpassed for their onshore information, and this book is no exception, with excellent sections on exploring, eating out, provisioning and services. 

This guide is is backed by this website that offers downloadable waypoints and updates as well as general information and links to local businesses for both Venezuela and Bonaire

We have a little local advertising in this guide, but not as much as we would like.

 About the author

Chris Doyle, a resident of Grenada, is a full time cruising guide author and spends over 6-months of the year sailing through the Caribbean, updating his books. He built his sailing survey catamaran Ti Kanot in Trinidad. He has been writing cruising guides since 1980 and in every area he covers, his books have become the best selling cruising guides. Chris also writes for the local waterfront newspaper Caribbean Compass.

  Customer reviews from Amazon:

Format: Paperback

During our sailing trip from Martinique to Venezuela we used this book especially because of the detailed and useful information about small harbours and beautyful beaches. I can recommend it very strongly.

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Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase

I have used excellent cruising guides by Chris Doyle while sailing in the eastern caribbean. This guide for Venezuela and Bonaire appears to be equally informative. The mini-charts are clear and provide enough guidance without being cluttered. The only reason I did not give the fifth start is that I have not used the guide in the waters for which it is written - perhaps next season.

Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase

Really well written and organized. This book lives up to the great reputation that Chris Doyle has built. A great blend of sketch charts, color pictures of areas depicted in charts and good local information. I have not sailed there yet, but I feel this guide will make it much easier.

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