When it comes to bird watching, purchasing, and diversity of activities, Isla Margarita is the obvious champion. The island can be reached readily either via a regular ferry from the mainland city of Puerto La Cruz or through several daily flights. Local culture is mostly Venezuelan, but has a substantial laid back Caribbean vibe. As a result, Margarita can be not significantly more dangerous than most destinations in Venezuela.
It does have some lovely beaches, but spotting scope comparison frankly can’t touch Los Roques or La Tortuga in terms of raw beauty. What it lacks in remoteness that is breathtaking and unaffected allure of the two island destinations that are other, it makes up for with the appeal of a larger island with a vibrant culture, an extensive array of purchasing opportunities, and wide-ranging activities for non-birders.
Should your travels consider you to Isla Margarita, the site guide below should provide you with a starting place to work with.
Playa El Yaque has fast grown to among the highest beach destinations in Margarita from a sleepy village, thanks to the discovery of consistently near perfect conditions for kite surfing and windsurfing. Thankfully, this boom has not yet gotten out of control, and is mainly restricted to the region immediately next to the shore.
And of course, birding.
With such diversity of habitat, along with the close proximity to the mainland (Margarita lies just 14 miles north of the coast), avian diversity is high. Some 209 species consistently occur, including one globally threatened species (Yellow-shouldered Parrot) and several other rare species who have strongholds in Margarita.
As one walks uphill away from the shore, paved routes begin to develop into dirt tracks, many which wander far from township and into comparatively intact thorn scrub and forest habitat. Some roam along the coast east of town and deadend in some little pockets of sand that make for incredibly secluded private beaches. Others head north towards the airport, and weave through stands of acacia, cacti, and desert washes. All are good for dry-state birding.