Isla Margarita (Margarita Island) is the largest island of the Nueva Esparta State
in Venezuela, situated in the Caribbean off the north eastern shore of Venezuela.
The State has two other smaller islands: Coche and Cubagua. The capital of Isla Margarita is La Asunción located in a river valley of the same name. Primary industries are tourism, fishing and construction. Population is about 425,000 and it covers an area of 1,150 km2.
The biggest city on the island is Porlamar, which is known as a commercial center and flourishes with shops. Climate is very sunny and dry, with temperatures from 24 to 37ºC.
Isla Margarita has numerous beaches, ranging from solitary to crowded. Playa El Agua in the north is the most popular, with 4 km of fine sand. Playa El Yaque is internationally known as an excellent location for windsurfing.
Venezuelans from the mainland enjoy duty-free shopping and, of course, the beaches. Vacationers crowd the island especially during Christmas time, Easter week and the summer months.
Attractions of Isla Margarita are:
Basilica Virgen del Valle, the basilica features the "Virgin of the Valley,"
an image of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Pilgrims from Venezuela and around the world come
to pay her homage.
Laguna de la Restinga, visit this natural lagoon in La Restinga National Park, which lies on the isthmus that adjoins the Macanao Peninsula to East Margarita and features canals lined with mangrove trees.
La Playa El Agua, a gorgeous tropical beach where, as locals boast, the sun shines for eleven months of the year.