The pristine National Park Archipelago of Los Roques is north of Caracas and is the largest marine park in the Caribbean. In the middle of a dazzling azure Caribbean ocean rises 50 islands, each with virgin white beaches, turquoise lagoons and marvelous coral reefs. It is one of the most beautiful natural areas of Venezuela. Los Roques, an archipelago of small coral islands, offers deserted white, sandy beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving along numerous coral reefs, bird-watching and excellent fishing, including some of the world’s finest bonefishing, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and kite-surfing to make this an ideal location for the water-sports enthusiast and for those who like soaking up the sun in paradise.
Gran Roque is the only island with a village on it, and it has a selection of small, brightly colored posadas on its sandy streets, many of which offer both lodging and dining. Los Roques Archipelago, declared a National Park in 1972, is made up of 350 islands and atolls of white sand beaches, an ever-peaceful sea, year-round pleasant temperatures and waters so transparent and so rich in tonalities that they take your breath away. With its numerous protected cays and varied coral reefs, El Parque Nacional Archipielago Los Roques is also one of the best locales in the world for scuba diving, and there are several certified scuba diving services/instructors from which to choose. For windsurfing enthusiasts, the constant trade winds and the relatively shallow waters of many of the cays offer unrivaled conditions to practice the sport. To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on the island of Los Roques, visit here. Now view our Isla Los Roques Travel guide to help plan your next Los Roques vacation!
Isla Los Roques Weather – When to Visit
Temperatures vary little throughout the year, however, they are a bit lower from December to February, when daytime temperatures are around 84/86 °F, and higher from July to October, when they reach 88/90 °F. The dry season is the best time to visit Los Roques. Tourism picks up around September, when the rains start to fade, and then slows by April. December, January and February can get pretty busy as this is when many locals take holidays, enjoying the slightly cooler weather. The Caribbean coast it is equally dry all year round, so a vacation here can be good anytime, although look out for freak storm warnings.
Los Roques Attractions
Gran Roque is the main island and population center, and has a distinct Caribbean feel. The sandy streets of the fishing village are lined with single-story, brightly painted concrete houses and the waterfront is packed with fishing boats and visiting yachts – all covered by a vast army of pelicans. Gran Roque has several massive rocky humps along its northwestern coast cliffs that plunge vertically into the sea. Climb the hill crowned with an old lighthouse, known as the Faro Holandés, for sweeping views over the village, islands, coral reefs and the crystal-clear turquoise sea.
Run by Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques, the research station and turtle sanctuary on Dos Mosquises is worth a visit. The Spanish-speaking staff will give an introduction to the station's work breeding several different types of marine turtle. The sanctuary charges a small entry fee, so bring some change along with you.
The highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls is a must-see for anyone in the area. The water cascades nearly 3,211 ft. with 2,647 ft. of free-falling water. Located in Canaima National Park, the falls are tucked away in a remote area of the park, reached by a long hike. Because of the remote nature of the falls, consider booking a tour, which will arrange your transportation to the park, including a boat crossing and overnight stay, so you only need to concentrate on the long trek.
Cayo de Agua
Swim in the clear, warm waters at Cayo de Agua. The remote island boasts white sand beaches with clean blue waters, and a long sandbar that stretches far out into the ocean. Do exercise caution on the sandbar, however, since the tide can come in quickly and make it difficult to return to shore. Free from bars and hawkers, the area provides a nice break from overly popular tourist locations.
For a good range of outdoor activities, visit Cayo Crasqui – Los Roques, located within a national park. Most popular among the island's attractions are its beaches, with a paradisal atmosphere and excellent coastal scenes of sand and sea. Practice your kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing skills, or head to one of the snorkeling and dive sites to explore the diversity of marine life in the waters that surround the island.
Things to Do in Los Roques
Ecobuzos is the best and most established dive operation on Gran Roque for . Rates include a full day of diving (two tanks), including a guide and gear. Your hotel will most likely pack you a bag lunch. Ecobuzos also offers package tours and certification courses. Telephone: 0295-262-9811 Web: Ecobuzos.
Steady trade winds, warm clear water and plenty of white-sand islands and sandbanks make Los Roques an excellent destination for kiteboarding. Oceanica Los Roques works with experienced certified instructors that can train you from beginning level to work on advanced techniques for the more experienced kiters. When you book a training course all equipment required is included. Telephone: 58-424-370-3405 Web: Oceanica.
Posada La Gaviota
What better place to do a bit of kayaking in Los Roques, with its calm waters make the destination of choice for all athletes, including kayakers. No matter if you are alone or accompanied, in the same way you'll have fun as ever, you can also rent a double kayak and navigate to the rhythm of your partner. Telephone: 58-212-415-7561 Web: Posada La Gaviota.
Los Roques Paradise
Los Roques Paradise offers the newest and most innovative yachts in the National Park, made by world class builders. If you're thinking of chartering for the first time, you'll be glad you chose Los Roques Yachts, the company that was built on providing the perfect charter experience, the first time and every time. No matter what your level of sailing skill, we have a Crewed Yacht and Vacation Plan that's right for you. Telephone: 58-412-352-2950 Web: Los Roques Paradise.
Angel Eco Tours
Let Angel-Eco Tours introduce you to the natural glories of the Los Roques archipelago on one of its scuba diving adventure travel vacation package. Los Roques are the southernmost of the Caribbean islands and arguably the most spectacular. Telephone: 58-414-201-7077 Web: Angel Eco Tours.
Best Los Roques Restaurants
El Canto de la Ballena $11 – 30
Right on the beach in the heart of the village, the ‘whale song' is an excellent place for an evening meal. You'll get a varied and innovative selection of local dishes ranging from octopus carpaccio to an almost cake-like savory corn bread and wonderful fresh fish. Reserve ahead. Telephone: 58-414-333-4092 Web: El Canto de la Ballena.
La Chuchera $11 – 30
Stick around long enough and La Chuchera is where you'll meet most people on the island at some point. The food may not be cheap, but it's cheap for Los Roques. The beloved pizzas are served after 4pm each day, but there's a full and inventive menu to enjoy if you're not at the beach for lunch: try the tuna tartar. Web: La Chuchera.
Aquarena Cafe $11 – 30
This beachside cafe amid billowing palms serves sushi, cooked fish, hamburgers, pizza and salads. It's rather overpriced, but with gorgeous views like this, you might as well just put up with it and enjoy. Telephone: 58-414-131-1282 Web: Aquarena Café.
Bora La Mar $11 – 30
The chosen spot for sundown drinks and world-famous the island over for its piña coladas, Bora la Mar is a simple place run by a sweet Spanish woman. The kitchen needs to ease up on the salt a bit, but the food – just one choice per night, served on pleasant tables in the sand – is better than expected. Telephone: 58-414-325-7814 Web: Bora La Mar.
Best Los Roques Bars & Nightlife
Bora La Mar
The chosen spot for sundown drinks and world-famous the island over for its piña coladas, Bora la Mar is a simple place run by a sweet Spanish woman. The kitchen needs to ease up on the salt a bit, but the food – just one choice per night, served on pleasant tables in the sand – is better than expected. Telephone: 58-414-325-7814 Web: Bora La Mar
Play Los Roques
They offer shuttles to the islands, gear rental, classes and many water sport activities. Very nice staff, new gears and such a cool atmosphere. Cesar, Yoha, Vrinda , Rukki, Roberto and all the staff are so professional, kind and chilled out. Hang out in a great atmosphere, enjoy all of the activities and enjoy a cold beer! Telephone: 58-424-2715132 Web: Play Los Roques
Best Los Roques Hotels
Hotel Pasada Piano y Papaya Los Roques
Only 5 rooms at 30 meters from the beach. Services Included : • Reception at the airport in Los Roques • Luggage Transport Airport / Posada / Airport • Welcome drinks • rooms with bathroom and air conditioning. • Breakfast at the Inn • Safes in room • Free Internet Access • Personalized service 24 hServices By request : • Scuba diving ( courses for beginners) • Boat Excursions for all the island • Picnic lunches to take to the beach • Dinners at the Inn• Alcoholics Drinks • Laundry Service • Beach Towels • Relaxing massages.
Posada La Gaviota
Oceanfront property, just 25 meters form the beach. Have breakfast or dinner barefoot, your feet playing with the sand, it cannot get any better than this. “A piece of Heaven that floated to the Carribbean sea, come and make it yours”
Posada Mediterraneo Los Roques – VIP
Facing the beachfront in El Roque, Posada Mediterraneo Los Roques – VIP features a garden and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a tour desk, along with free WiFi.
Posada La Langosta
Posada La Langosta has air-conditioned rooms in El Roque. The property provides a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge for guests. At the inn, each room includes a closet, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at Posada La Langosta can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast.