National Park

natural parksBeing the biggest National marine park in the Caribbean. The Archipelago of Los Roques. Tourism has replaced fishing lately as the main economic activity. Locals were not involved in tourist activities until 1992. Today more than 40.000 travelers visit Gran Roque every year and accommodate in any of 75 available lodges or small hotels, locally called Posadas.

Today - Gran Roque has more than 800 permanent residents and its tourism services are now finally having an overhaul thanks to the new Government and Jefatura.

turismo 2,0 Located 90 miles north of Caracas the capital of Venezuela, the archipelago of Los Roques is one of the biggest National Parks in the Caribbean, with impressive white sand beaches, warm and crystalline blue waters and of abundant flora and marine fauna.

The archipelago includes 22,120 hectares of sea (bigger than the US Virgin Islands), and counts more than 350 totally virgin islands including small barren sand banks and reefs that converge in an adorned central lagoon with mangles and live corals all over.

In the Gran Roque Island (the village of Los Roques) you find small lodges (Posadas) offering accommodation with all included.

A true relax away from the overcrowded destinations of the todays Caribbean.

You can also charter a sailboat fully with crew, full board and open bar, or you can also choose to spend the night in tent on the solitary islands of Francisqui and Craski nearby.

Los Roques is an ideal destiny for a relax in a locally managed Posada, onboard a yacht, sailboat or catamaran, or to practice fly fishing, diving and snorkeling. Plan your next weddings here, spend your vacations with all the family in a rented house only 20 meters from the beach or simply enjoy the sea, the beaches and the sun with your best friend. An aspect that makes of Los Roques a dream destiny is the gastronomy, mainly with fresh fish caught the same day that is served to you. Enjoy your daily lobster prepared to you by the local inhabitants with the special flavor that distinguishes this to the rest of the Caribbean.

Getting to Los Roques. With the new stable Online 2.0 reservation software ready for you to use, and with the best prices and guidence only found on the Islands and here in venezuela ...

Caracas, Maiquetia is the major gateway to Los Roques. From there, it's just approximately a 35 minute flight to Los Roques. From the U.S. or Europe, carriers that fly to Caracas from either New York, Miami or most big European cities include: American, United, Delta, Luft Hansa, British, Air France, TAP, Continental, and Conviasa - Aeropostal.

Next to the Simon Bolivar International Airport is the domestic national terminal where you can take the flight to Los Roques with LTA (or let us know and we will include you flight reservation with your accommodation), with several flights during the day, starting at around 6:30 A.M in the morning.

There are rooms available in Posada Eva!!! great option with attractive tariffs and delicious food with personal attention. Voted as most popular Posada in Los Roques by visitors of LosRoques.travel - year 2008... Get the best price here!.. You can also add Bonefishing to your vacation with Eva's own fishing expert and boat with all included please ask for a our special compo Contact.....

Eva has constructed a new lodging, and is now the newest lodge on the Island....

Sailboat Frida is available in Exclusive for 4 guests $1280,- per night with all included. All cruise, no limits to the Islands: Franciski, Madriski, Craski, Noronki, Cayo De Agua, Dos Mosquises, Sebastopol and much more virgin islands! Special master suite ideal for honey mooners!

fullday tourMake your visit to Venezuela an unforgettable journey through the most amazing virginal places! Combine Los Roques with many other destinations full of joy and exuberant nature as Los Llanos, Amazonas, La Gran Sabana, Margarita, Choroni, Mochima, Morrocoy, Angel Falls and much more. Ask for a quote now!

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Top Voted on the Island

Macanao Lodge

Macanao Lodge, Los Roques- Macanao Lodge -

We just spent a week at Los Roques, staying at the Macanao Lodge. We had looked into staying at several others; La Gaviota, Natura Viva, Mediterraneo and Acquarela. A venezuelan friend who was going to be joining us had heard that Macanao was well worth the extra cost as it was reported to be far and away the best posada in Los Roques. We got the full package, breakfast, lunch, dinner, transport to local islands and a beachfront room. We got a good price at just under $200/person per night. This was about $25 more than the others.

The setting is magnificent, Los Roques is truly beautiful and Macanao is a very well appointed posada. The food was good but not great, The rooms are spacious enough and are very attractive, the dining area and lounge are also very pleasant. There is an empty decorative pool and waterfall in the courtyard, it would be nice if it had water in it, being empty gave the lounge a little of a feeling of being past it's glory days. Water however is VERY expensive on the island as they make it by desalinating seawater.

Breakfast was a choice of eggs or pancakes although we did get to have some emapanadas one morning as that was what the kitchen staff was preparing for themselves. The eggs are served with a choice of arepas (a flat venezuelan biscuit) or toast and the pancakes with aunt jemima. There were always two types of juices to select from, one being a melon the other was almost always papaya. The coffee was not very good.

Lunch was better than most of the other posadas from what we could tell. If you went to a close in island they would send a boat to deliver a hot lunch, usually a steamed fish of some sort, a salad, an orange and oreo cookies. If you went to a far island they would make a ham and cheese sandwich on white bread for you to take with you. In any event they would always send you off with a large cooler full of ice, water, soda and beer. We didn't see any other posada do that. We had so much we would freely share with others and still have leftover drinks.

Dinner got progressively better each night and was always fish served with an overcooked vegetable side both covered in some sort of duck/soy sauce. The desserts were the best part of the meals and were truly outstanding. If you like you can pay extra and order a lobster dinner which was just o.k.

When you come back in from a trip to the beach in the afternoon there is usually a snack waiting on the bar, shark empanadas and pound cake were two that I remember.

Where this posada lacks is in service. For the reputation that they have for being the best and most luxurious they really don't go out of their way to make sure that everything is taken care of. We had to wait a very long time in the lounge on our first day there as we arrived on the morning flight when all the planes fly in and had to wait for our room to be ready at the end of the day when the previous occupants flew out at the end of the day. I would have expected that while we waited that there would be lounge chairs on the beach or the rooftop deck to relax in. All they had were decrepit canvas sling chairs for the beach and straight back wooden deck chairs on the rooftop lounge. Just a few poadas down was a mid range lodge that had chaise lounges and bean bag chairs out on the beach. While waiting for the water taxi in the morning or just sitting in the lounge no staff asks if you would like a drink or anything. They just kind of leave you alone more like a bed and brakfast than a lodge or hotel. Most of the staff are very friendly though some are indifferent. Do not expect 5 star hotel treatment where everyone is making sure that all your needs are taken care of without having to lift a finger.

If we were to do it again, and we intend to we would not get the full package. We would just get the room, brakfast and lunch. Transport to other islands and dinner we would get elsewhere as that is very easy to do. After walking the streets and seeing all of the different posadas we would be inclined to try Natura Viva as it looks really nice and they have a restaurant with an impressive menu. Bequeve really stood out since whenever we walked by the smell of their food wafting out of the kitchen into the street was very enticing. Their transport boat is also the nicest of any of the boats there, a full cover (for the sun) padded seats and Honda engines that don't put out as much exhaust as other outboards. Bequeve is not on the water but is close enough and is on a very nice tree lined street. Their lobby looked very comfortable. La Gaviota looked nice, we met some brazilians that were staying there and liked it very much. Also met some folks staying at Botuto that enjoyed their stay there with no complaints about the food or service as other reviewers have posted here.

To sum up:
Los Roques is magnificent and worth the trip, Macanao is better than most but not as good as it makes itself out to be just don't expect to be pampered and you'll have a great time.

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