Venezuela is one of the largest countries in South America bordering the Caribbean Sea between Colombia and Guyana. With more than 2000 kms of coasts on the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela and its archipelagos have a lot of secret spots with white sandy beaches, coconut palms and an underwater world that is home to five hundred species of fish and several different coral types surround these exciting islands.
Choose from our fleet of 43ft to 51ft sailing and motor yachts.
In Venezuela, chartering a boat has two requirements:
- The boat should be licensed by the Venezuelan authorities
- A Venezuelan « marineros » is mandatory aboard
As a consequence the only way of discovering the coasts and the Venezuelan archipelagos on a yacht without crew is by boarding in another country. You can board at Martinique or Grenada.
Venezuela is not well charted as the eastern Caribbean. That's another reason why we highly recommend to have a "marineros" aboard.
Marina & starting bases
There are two main bases and several main island groups to explore along the northern shore of Venezuela. Your sailing areas are:
Puerto La Cruz: at the east of the northern coast ,PLC is the center of yachting in Venezuela. You can easily fly from Caracas or Margarita to Barcelona Airport, 20 minutes from PLC. There are over than 6 marinas and you can find all the services for your yacht. The coast and offshore islands constitute the Mochima National Park, and PLC is also a good starting point for inland excursions.
The sailing area from Puerto La Cruz to Grenada included La Tortuga, La Blanquilla, Margarita, Mochima national Park, Los Testigos.
Los Roques: Access to the archipelago : a half hour flight from the international airport of Caracas to Gran Roque. Gran Roque are the only inhabited islands at the west of the offshore islands (except some fishermen on some islands) and the cruising area incorporates Los Roques and Las Aves archipelago if you stay more than 2 weeks.
Grenada: Grenada is the nearest rental base from Venzuela and you will find here the finest choice of yachts to prepare your cruise with or without crew.
International Simon Bolivar Airport, Caracas. Flights from Europe, USA, Canada and South America are available every day.
Weather and sailing conditions
Venezuela's northern coast and the surrounding islands have a tropical climate and experiences only two seasons, a dry season from December to May, and the rainy season from June to November (however, on the islands, rains are very rare).
The offshore islands, from Bonaire to Los Testigos in a regular trade winds belt northeast-southeast blowing between 15 and 30 knots. Along the coast the wind varies in direction, generally often blowing hard during the days and dies at night.
A westerly setting current flows throughout the area.
The whole area is considered to be south of the hurricane belt, which is why many people visit during the summer.
Bareboat Exp. Level
From 1 - easy to 5 - very experienced = 5. Warning, you can visit Venezuela with your own boat only if you enter the country aboard.
Diving and Fishing
Diving and snorkeling is amazing with brilliantly colored coral and reef fish. Request us to organize your scuba diving courses. Whale Sharks can be seen off the Venezuelan coasts. There are also lots of Marlins from May to September, as well as other game fish like Tarpons and Bone Fish. Spear fishing is forbidden in Los Testigos and Los Roques.
Spanish, and people working in tourism speak English, German and French.
US Dollars are used. Major credit cards may be accepted in hotels, restaurants and some shops.
Everywhere you will meet sympatric and helpful people. The Venezuelan coast reveals a succession of islands and wild coves each different from the other and is proud of Margarita, the capital of duty free and night life or of the archipelago of Los Roques which is known as a coral jewel. Since it is a marine reserve, the fauna is abundant and varied, which makes diving a real treat. While fishing, you will be protected from the surge of the open sea thanks to the large reef.
If you choose to do a complete cruise from Grenada to Las Aves and return (minimum 3 weeks) you will probably do one of your nicest and finest cruises.
Fly and spear Fishing (except Los Testigos and Los Roques.
Excursions and tours guide inside the country (Canaima Park and the Angel Falls, tropical rainforest, snowed-covered mountains and desert landscape).
Los Roques - Los Roques
Grenada - Testigos - Margarita - Tortuga - Los Roques - Grenada
Puerto La Cruz -Mochima -Tortuga - Puerto La Cruz
Puerto La Cruz - Mochima - Margarita - Puerto La Cruz
Puerto La Cruz- Los Roques - Puerto La Cruz