The Caribbean Coast: Places to Explore

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  • Cumaná

    The oldest European settlement on South America's mainland, Cumaná was founded by the Spanish in 1521. Most of its colonial buildings were destroyed by a string of earthquakes that devastated the...

  • La Guaira

    In 1999 heavy rainfall resulted in horrific mud- and landslides that crippled the region between Maigquetía and Naiguata; some reports say that up to 30,000 perished. This swath of land includes...

  • Puerto La Cruz

    The region's main tourist hub, Puerto La Cruz has attractive waterways reminiscient of those found near wealthy communities in Florida, lined with marinas and lovely villas. Visitors flock to the...

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