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Hello -- can anyone shed light on these islands? I have been looking into Los Roques for travel this coming winter. I've traveled to and loved islands like Anegada, Barbuda, and Anguilla (way back before all the resorts arrived!). Los Roques was recommended to me last year when I was on Anegada by a guy who had sailed all over the Caribbean. Generally we prefer the privacy and flexibility of a villa rental to staying in a hotel. This does not seem possible on Los Roques. I want to find out if staying in a Posada is a nice experience for a week+, what do people do at night (I know the answer is not much, but are there at least a couple bars and restaurants?), and how does one get around. Is it safe to travel there via Caracas these days? Any thoughts anyone can share would be GREATLY appreciated.

Many thanks in advance!!

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    Michael: I´ve been several times in Los Roques, so I may answer some of your concerns.
    Los Roques is a national park, of 365 small islands or keys about 120 kms.north of the coast of Venezuela. As a national park you won´t find big hotels or facilities like fancy restaurants , casinos or shopping. There are lodges or posadas were you can stay in the biggest of the islands called Gran Roque were the airport is.
    The best of those lodges are Macanao lodge and Malibú lodge were we stayed last July. This 2 lodges have AC rooms and/or fan in the ceiling and are very clean. The rest of the lodges are more simple. The food in Malibu lodge was excellent given the fact that the owner is italian and a very good cook. It has 10 rooms.
    From the Gran Roque, they take you to the nearby keys by boat to spend the day in the most beautifull beaches you can imagine, all very clean, unpolluted, uncrowded and natural. You can snorkel, swim, walk arround or just relax. I don´t know what you like to do while traveling to a beach place, but certanly this is a relaxing trip. I think, in my humble opinion, that maybe 7 days is too much but that depends on you. Actually you can go everyday to a diferent key and explore, if you like to do that.
    About nightlife, in the lodges we have been, they include all the meals but there are several simple but nice restaurants and bars in front of the sea. But all is very quiet at night and we usually walk arround after dinner watching the stars and then go to bed early. If you like big and a swinging nightlife this is not your place.
    Finally, to go there you take a plane from the international airport in Caracas. These are props that varies in size from 8 to 20 or so pax. I would recommend 2 companies: Avior or Aereotuy. You may check by google.
    Any other question please ask!

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    Hi, My family, 3 teens, are going to Venezuela June 29 for 12 days. We would like to avoid problems as much as possible and we would like to leave Caracas as soon as we arrive at 9:30 p.m. and head out to cheap but nice hotel somewhere not too far away. Thinking of renting a car. Really wondering if we can drive to all these places like Los Roques instead of flying. We are very "green" at travelling and on a very tight budget. This was an opportunity that came up that we just couldn't miss but money will be a great big issue throughout our trip. We are Canadians. (not that it means anything ?) Any information that might lead to our planning "the perfect" itinerary will be so very greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Hi Michael-
    Being from Venezuela I am able to share some facts about Los Roques. These are a cluster of islands part of one of our world renowned parks. If your are looking to go away to a spa-like vacation, then this is your place. Los Roques has several "posadas" or bed and breakfasts which go from the most simple ones to a somewhat exclusive, I would recommend staying at Malibu, Macanao Lodge or Acquarela, which I consider the best around. These might be the most expensive ones but they deserve its price, considering the rooms (all with A/C), service (excellent!) and food (mostly italian). If you're a beach bum like myself, then this a great place to spend a few days at; do some snorkeling, scubba diving or maybe try out some proffesional fishing.
    Days are mostly sunny all year round and temperature does not change ever (very hot during the day and comfortable at night). Very few spots to have a drink after dinner, lounge-beach bars just in front of the pristine beach.
    Los Roques is not an affordable place to visit,considering it is national park; I would only recommend taking flights from 2 national airline carriers (Avior,with small but very well maintained aircrafts or Santa Barbara)
    In conclusion, I would definetly recommend visiting Los Roques at least once in your lifetime.

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