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ISA World Bodyboard Championship

ISA World Bodyboard Championship – the La Jolla, California (USA)-based International Surfing Association (ISA), in conjunction with the Venezuelan Surfing Federation (FVS), held this event at Playa Parguito every October since 2012, in recognition of the growth of bodyboarding and other water sporting activities in Margarita Island. Many of the world’s best bodyboarders show up […]

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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding – the tour outfit Cabatucan Ranch (located 2 km. west of the seaside town of Guayacancito) provides visitors with horseback riding excursions at the more isolated western end of Margarita Island. Visitors have the option of going horseback riding by the beach, or in this area’s mountainous terrain. See Cabatucan Ranch’s website for […]

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Gran Casino Margarita

Gran Casino Margarita (Hotel Macano, Calle Los Uveros, Urb. Costa Azul, Porlamar) – this was formerly the Hilton Hotel, before former Venezuelan ruler Hugo Chavez nationalized it and changed the name to the “Hotel Macano”. The casino is still open, with over 200 gaming machines, and 35 table games (which consists of blackjack, Caribbean stud […]

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Estadio Nueva Esparta

Estadio Nueva Esparta (Av. Fajardo, Porlama) – this 16,100 seat stadium hosts mainly baseball games, and acts as the home of the Bravos de Margarita team (which is part of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League). The Caribbean Series, a baseball tournament featuring professional teams from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela, is […]

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Bodyboard Pro Festival

Bodyboard Pro Festival (Playa Parguito, Margarita Island) – every September or October, this bodyboarding competition is held by the International Bodyboard Association (IBA) in conjunction with the Venezuelan Surfing Federation (FVS) and the Latin American Association of Bodyboarding (ALB). Both local and international bodyboarders compete in this event.

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Centro Comercial Rattan Plaza

Centro Comercial Rattan Plaza (Av. Jóvito Villalba, between Pampatar and Porlamar) – this shopping center, which has existed since the 1990s, has around 80 retailers (including some international brands like Clarks, Nine West, while the rest are local outlets). There’s also a play area for school children, art exhibits, musical events, and even gourmet cooking […]

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Centro Comercial Sambil

Centro Comercial Sambil (Av. Jóvito Villalba, Pampatar) — located within the same boulevard on this vacation enclave, this is the largest mall on Margarita Island. Totaling 243 retailers, they include many of the same brands found in their Caracas outlet, the one difference being is that this outlet is located a short drive to the […]

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Centro Comercial La Vela

Centro Comercial La Vela (Calle Los Uveros, Porlamar) – this shopping center is smaller than Costa Azul and Sambil, but still has a good selection of retailers and a decent food court. There is some entertainment during the weekends.

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Centro Comercial Parque Costa Azul

Centro Comercial Parque Costa Azul (Av. Jóvito Villalba, Pampatar) –since Margarita Island is a tax-free zone, that means prices are around 15% to 20% lower than the rest of Venezuela. For that reason, it’s no surprise that a number of shoppers, including vacationers from other parts of Venezuela, visit this and other shopping centers in […]

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Tabaco Club Cigar Lounge

Tabaco Club Cigar Lounge (Av. Principal de Pampatar, Cento Comercial Galerias Primus, Pampatar, Margarita Island) – this is a haven for cigar aficionados – with cigars available from all the major cigar-making countries: from Cuba to Dominican Republic. Along with the lounge smoking areas, tapas and other Spanish delicacies are also served there, as well […]