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Boat owners throughout the region will take you fishing in their small wooden peñeros. Bargain for the best price—the going rate is about $5 per person for a half-day excursion.
The friendly staff at Macite Turismo offers full-day trips to Isla Tortuga for barracuda fishing. Centro Comercial Paseo Mar, Calle Sucre at Paseo Colón, Puerto La Cruz. 0281/265–5703. www.maciteturismo.com.