Los Roques Travel

The pristine National Park Archipelago of Los Roques is located 150 kms 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 Los Roques Travel guide to help plan your next Los Roques vacation!

Weather

Los Roques, a coral archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, belonging to Venezuela and equipped with beautiful beaches, has a tropical climate, hot all year round, but also semi-arid. 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 wind blows steadily all year round, tempering the heat. The amount of sunshine in Los Roques is good all year round, since clear skies prevail. At noon the sun reaches the highest point in the sky twice a year, around 20 April and 20 August, and remains close in the summer months, so it requires a suitable protection.  Los Roques is located in the southernmost part of the hurricane belt, which means that it is rarely affected, but not entirely sheltered. Hurricanes occur from June to November, but are more likely from August to October.

For swimming, the sea is warm all year round, as the temperature varies from 79 °F in the period from January to April, to 82 °F from August to November.

Best Time to Travel

Generally speaking, 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 particularly 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.

Getting to Los Rosques

Gran Roque is accessible from Caracas-Maqueteia International Airport, from where 40-minute flights can be taken on a daily basis. Airline El Sol de America or Transaven leaving from the National Airport in Maiquetia.
Flights from or to Margarita Islands is to Los Roques is also available.

Visitors from Europe, Canada, South/Central America, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia and South Korea do not require visa to visit Venezuela for up to 90 days. If your country is not listed, you must contact the Venezuelan Embassy or Consulate in your Country for application instructions.   Travelers may be required to show immigration officials proof of accommodation while in Venezuela, an adequate means to support themselves and an onward departure itinerary.

Getting Around Los Rosques

There are no passenger cars on Gran Roque — just a garbage truck, a water truck, and a handful of golf carts. You can walk from one end of the town of Gran Roque to the other in less than 10 minutes; you can hike to the more distant spots on the island in under an hour.  The only permanent settlement is on the main island of Gran Roque. There are some private vacation homes and fishermen’s shacks on some of the other islands, but for all intents and purposes, a visit to Los Roques implies a visit to Gran Roque.  Four crushed-coral-and-sand streets run lengthwise through the town, beginning at the airstrip on the eastern end of the island. The small Plaza Bolívar is just a block or so from the airstrip. The public dock is on the southern side of the island nearly smack-dab in the middle of town.

Must Do Places

Turtle Sanctuary, Los Roques Venezuela, things to do in Los Roques, Leeward Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Los Roques Travel, Los Roques beaches, best beaches of CaribbeanTurtle Sanctuary

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.

 

Angel Falls, Canaima National Park, Los Roques Venezuela, things to do in Los Roques, Leeward Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Los Roques Travel, Los Roques beaches, best beaches of CaribbeanAngel Falls

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, Los Roques Venezuela, things to do in Los Roques, Leeward Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Los Roques Travel, Los Roques beaches, best beaches of CaribbeanCayo 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.

Cayo Crasqui, Los Roques Venezuela, things to do in Los Roques, Leeward Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Los Roques Travel, Los Roques beaches, best beaches of CaribbeanCayo Crasqui

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.

Best Outdoor Activities

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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.  For more information call 0295-262-9811, or visit them on the web at Ecobuzos.

Oceanica, Los Roques Venezuela, things to do in Los Roques, Leeward Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Los Roques Travel, Los Roques beaches, best beaches of CaribbeanOceanica

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.  For more information call 58-424-370-3405, or visit them on the web at Oceanica.

Posada la Gaviota, Los Roques Venezuela, things to do in Los Roques, Leeward Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Los Roques Travel, Los Roques beaches, best beaches of CaribbeanPosada 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.  For more information call 58-212-415-7561, or visit them on the web at Posada La Gaviota.

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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.  For more information call 58-412-352-2950, or visit them on the web at Los Roques Paradise.

Angel Eco Tours, Los Roques Venezuela, things to do in Los Roques, Leeward Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Los Roques Travel, Los Roques beaches, best beaches of CaribbeanAngel 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.  For more information call 58-414-201-7077, or visit them on the web at Angel Eco Tours.

Top Rated Restaurants

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$$ – $$$  El Canto de la Ballena

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.  For more information call 58-414-333-4092, or visit them on the web at El Canto de la Ballena.

$  La Chuchera

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.  For more information them on TripAdvisor at La Chuchera.

$  Aquarena Cafe

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.  For more information call 58-414-131-1282, or visit them on Facebook at Aquarena Café.

$$  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.  For more information call 58-414-325-7814, or visit them on Facebook at Bora La Mar.

Bars & Nightlife

Bora La Mar, Los Roques Venezuela, things to do in Los Roques, Leeward Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Los Roques Travel, Los Roques beaches, best beaches of CaribbeanBora 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.  For more information call 58-414-325-7814, or visit them on Facebook at Bora La Mar.

Top Los Roques Hotels

Villa Caracol

This Gran Roque, Venezuela Villa Caracol lodge posada is located in the Los Roques National Park. Features include a full board, free WiFi, and rooms with minibar.  Free aperitifs and small handheld foods are offered during a nightly cocktail hour on the trrace. Guests have a choice between a Continental, American, and Creole breakfast. Dinner includes 3 courses.  Two large terraces, a restaurant, and a shared lounge are available for all guests. The lodge can also arrange free luggage storage and an airport shuttle for a fee.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Villa Caracol.

Posada Va Pensiero

Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Posada Va Pensiero offers pet-friendly accommodation in El Roque. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Posada Va Pensiero.

Posada Caracol

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Posada Caracol offers accommodations in El Roque. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Posada Caracol.

26 Comments

  1. Andy

    This entire website is fantastic. Love the way you put it together. And soooo much info!!!
    Really cool the way you have the FB, Twitter etc. media buttons floating. Nice touch!!

    I could get myself in trouble seeing all these destinations!!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree Andy, it is like walking into a vacation candy store! 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  2. rakesh Khngjrakpam

    Wow!!! it looks so romantic! Verbally you have painted a beautiful picture for me of the Los Roques Archipelago and all of the islands around there. I love all the information, and everything I need is right on your site, so I can start planning. Thanks!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Rakesh! Glad you enjoyed!

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  3. Tanya

    Wow, I am ready to travel. I had no idea there were so many beaches. Beaches are seasonal in many places, but it looks like you have the right knowledge for the right time of the year. I am been wanting to visit the Caribbean Islands, but just wasn’t sure where or when. Seems like any time is ideal 🙂 I love the Los Roques Archipelago! I am ready to go there now. Thanks for the abundance of information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome, and yes you can go to the islands in the Caribbean pretty much any time of the year and get beautiful weather. Only in the hurricane belt, do you need to make considerations for the weather. Thanks for visiting Los Roques Travel.

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  4. Matt

    BOOK ME A FLIGHT NOW!!!
    This place sounds amazing. What a great looking website, very fresh look to it and lovely imagery. You can get everything you need to plan the ideal itinery. Me being an animal lover would love the turtle sanctuary. But in all, would go to most places there. You’ve really thought a lot on the layout of the website. It draws you in straight away. Definitely somewhere I might look to go to in the future. Thanks for the read.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Matt, and so glad you enjoyed visiting. It will compel you too book soon you know! Los Roques is that kind of unique and amazing Caribbean island destination. I am glad you enjoyed visiting BeachTravelDestinaitons.com!

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  5. Dan

    Hey, thank you for such an in-depth post on Los Roques. I am actually heading to Caracas for a visit, and a friend said I should also visit Los Roques which I had never heard of. What a nice place to add to my itinerary! You have an abundance of information that is very helpful, even with the planning of my trip to Caracas. My trip is planned for February, so looks like it might be a little busy in Gran Roques, but so worth it. I am really interested in scuba diving there, and Angel Eco Tours looks like the company I will be contacting so that I can get that pre-arranged. I think that kayaking would be so wonderful too. You have given me some new ideas for my trip. I will be contacting you again once I am finalizing my plans. Thank you so much!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      That is an ideal way to go….visit Caracas and then make a day tour…or two to the Los Roques Archipelago. The diving is top notch in the area, and you will find it to be amazing. Sounds like you have a lot of your trip pre-planned. And yes, you are more than welcome to contact me. I can help you get some great rates as well. Thanks for visiting Los Roques Travel!

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  6. Eric Chen

    Gorgeous website! I am looking to go on a vacation soon and this website is just the right place for me to be. The design is very soothing for someone who is tired and ready for to leave the busy city life and off to paradise!  Just what I have been searching for and everything in one place!  Now I even have more decisions, as I go thru your site.  So many wonderful places to pick from.

    Definitely a recommended website for me and my friends!

    Thank you,
    Eric

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I know, there are so many beautiful beach destinations.  I guess once you have narrowed it down to where you would like to go, the Caribbean, the U.S., or what not.  Let me know and  maybe I can help you decide.  I would love to help plan your dream vacation!

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  7. Dale

    WOW! This place looks amazing. I love travel and am always on the lookout for awesome places to add to my list, and this one went on there straight away.

    Surprisingly, it wasn’t because of the weather or beaches either. It was the ‘must do places’ that caught my eye.

    Firstly, I love turtles and I went to a sanctuary in Cyprus once so I’d love that.

    Secondly, Angel falls! I want to go and see that ASAP!

    Great post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Dale and yes, I agree that both the Turtle Sanctuary and Angel Falls are must sees and something that you would not miss while visiting Los Roques.  I think the remoteness, the quietness, and the tranquil setting set is far apart from other Caribbean Islands.  They do have a lot more than just gorgeous beaches for sure.

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  8. mrsdehm

    Awesome website! I love the vacation destinations, there’s a ton of them. I have been trying to find a Caribbean destination, and your site has all the information I need in one location.  I have been reading about many of the different destinations, and Los Roques stands out to me as a unique beach destination that I would love to visit.   Your website has all of that information has everything I need to start making my plans.  Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much.  I am glad you have enjoyed visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com and I would love to help plan you trip to Los Roques.  I can help you find the best deals on airline tickets and hotels.  Just shoot me an email to let me know the particulars.  Thanks for visiting Los Roques Travel.

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  9. asmithxu

    This sounds like such an amazing place to visit. There is so much natural beauty. Visiting Angel Falls sounds like such a fun adventure and I like your suggestion of booking a tour to get there. It seems like you would be able to enjoy Caracas and Los Roque on the same trip, if you are visiting from outside of the country.

    I am wondering how long of a flight it would be if I am visiting Caracas and want to fly to Los Roques for a few days?  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree that Angel Falls is an amazing site to see.  I know that you would enjoy the uniqueness of the Los Roques Archipelago with all the amazing islands.  It is going to be about a 9 1/2 hour flight from Caracas to Los Roques.  So depending on how much time you are taking for your vacation, that can determine for you if you want to spend time on both Caracas and in the Los Roques Archipelago.  So much to see!  Thanks for visiting Los Roques Travel.

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  10. Daniella

    My family is spread over the four corners of the world. So we don’t see each other much, and we were thinking of organizing a nice family trip. The Los Roques islands looks fantastic, and I discuss this perfect beach getaway with my brother and sister, and show them just what a perfect it would be for us!  I am sure they will love it!

    Just a question, please. When is the best time to get the best deals?
    Thank you very much!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      September to Aril is their tourism season, so anytime off season is going to get you and your family better deals.  I think you would all have a fantastic time in the Los Roques Islands.  Thanks for reading!

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  11. H Phomrong Maring

    You have given a detailed explanations on travel and its usefulness. Los Roques is an amazing sounding place.  I have been looking for a vacation spot in the Caribbean, and you have given me so many choices, not just with Los Roques.  I see that you have also traveled most parts of the United States.  I am looking forward to looking thru your website at all the beautiful destinations, and then deciding on my next vacation.  If you had to pick a spot in the Caribbean for your next vacation, which one would you pick?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much and I am glad you have enjoyed reading BeachTravelDestinations.com and all about Los Roques Travel.  If I had to pick a destination, boy that is a tough decision.  I guess living in the hurricane belt myself, I am going to want to go somewhere that I can leave that worry behind, because that is the time I am going to want to travel.  I would really love to go to Aruba for many reasons, and am already planning that trip!

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  12. Eric Chen

    Great recommended locations. I’m actually from Califormia, so I was particularly interested in the beaches there. But, after seeing Los Roques and looking thru all of the beaches, the things to do and the places to see.  I have now decided that I need to broaden my scope and plan a trip to the Caribbean.  Will it be a long flight from California?  

    The pictures on your website are absolutely gorgeous. It makes me realize it is time to take a vacation. Thanks!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      If you are going to head to Los Roques which is part of Venezuela, then the trip will be about 8 hours to get you to Venezuela.  From there you can visit numerous Caribbean islands.   I guarantee you that the experience will be well worth it.  California beaches are awesome, but nothing compares to the islands in the Caribbean 🙂

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  13. Andrea

    Ohhh this really makes me want to take a vacation on the beach right now. Love your website, lots of great pictures. Can absolutely plan your whole vacation through your website. I especially like all the things you can do and the best gear to bring with you. Definitely saving this for when I need my next vacation.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Andrea,  I am glad you enjoyed visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com.  Look forward to having you back when you start planning!

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