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.

Finally after 7 years the online reservation software dream finally has become a reality.

So welcome, to the real web 2.0 with all of its benefits, including Los Roques Freinds.

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The build-in slideshow is fine now, Generally I would say we are ready now for a production site, so please let us know if you find any bugs.

I have checked the new paxsoft software in windows explorer 12 and it is running perfect including firefox (no small bugs anymore).

Also I have checked it with different screen resolutions including laptops, with 1 2 and 3 rows,. All is fine.

I'm delighted to announce that the biggest rewrite of losroques.travel since version two is finally coming to an end. Version 2.5 has just been released and I'd like to recap some of the changes that have been made between 2.5 and 4.5.

Los Roques BeachesTravelers are impressed with Venezuela's tropical Los Roques islands' coral reefs and amazing virgin beaches.

Los Roques is an Italian enclave in Venezuela's Caribbean, surprising given Italy's distance and the difficulty of getting here. Even though Los Roques has some of the best kite-surfing spots in the world, the beaches are why most of us are here. The majority of the posada owners in Los Roques are Italian, as are the tourists. There are only a few Americans and lately people from Brazil and Argentina. El Gran Roque (or the Big Rock) is the largest island in the archipelago of Los Roques. It's the only inhabited island, about 160 kilometers north of mainland Venezuela and a 35 minute flight from Caracas. Reflecting the popularity of the island among Italian tourists, the restaurant menus include risotto and fish carpaccio. It is now possible to get a decent espresso in the morning.

Venezuela VacationVenezuela soon again - the class A destination of the World.

Venezuela is located on the northern coast of South America where it meets the Caribbean Sea. Stretching over a surface of 916050 Km2 with over 45 national parks, Venezuela offers any kind of landscapes from white sandy beaches to desert like zones and ancient table top Mountains (The Lost World), the Los Andes mountain chain and extensive virgin jungles. Venezuela shares 3000 kilometers of its northern coastline with the Caribbean having the longest Caribbean coast line and more Islands than any other destination in the Caribbean.

When Christopher Columbus arrived on his third trip to the new world in 1498 he found a virgin and fertile country. He called it Little Venice when seeing the sophisticated lake settlements of Indian huts on stilts, reminding him of Venice. Christopher wrote in his diary that he had found the garden of eden (The paradise).

In 1898, when oil was discovered near Lake Maracaibo and today Venezuela is the third largest producer and exporter of crude oil in the world. This development has led to the opening up of an extensive infrastructure of transport and communications systems, making some of the most distant territories easily accessible for visitors, and lately Venezuela has become a very rich country.

Los Roques Semana SantaLos Roques islands boast coral reefs for diving, protected lagoons for kite & wind surfing + dazzling white beaches for sun worshipping.

When Spanish explorers arrived at Lake Maracaibo in what is now Venezuela, the natives were living in huts on stilts and using boats shaped like gondolas, which reminded the Spaniards of Venice. They promptly called the area Venezuela - Little Venice. Eventually, the name was adopted for the large land mass surrounding the lake.

These days travelers make a beeline to Venezuela's tropical Los Roques islands. These denizens of Rome, Milan and Venice don't cross the Atlantic just to visit a country named by Spanish explorers to honour an Italian city, though. There are far more reasons to spend a week or two in Los Roques.

Los Roques boasts some of the best coral reefs in the world for diving, consistent winds and protected lagoons for kite- and wind-surfing and dazzling, white-beach-lined cayes (sandy islands) that attract sun bathers and fly fishermen from around the world.

The majority of the posada owners in Los Roques are Italian, as are the tourists. There are only a few Americans and no other Canadians. El Gran Roque (or Big Rock) is the largest island in the archipelago of Los Roques. It's the only inhabited island, about 160 kilometres north of mainland Venezuela and a 40-minute flight from Caracas. Reflecting the popularity of the island among Italian tourists, the restaurant menus include risotto and fish carpaccio. There are a disproportionately large number of places in this tiny town where you can get a decent espresso. There's even a bocce ball court.

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Top Voted on the Island

Posada Caracol

Most beautiful location on Island - poorest service ever- Posada Caracaol -

(Do not mix it up with VILLA Caracol - same group but different location)

The location of the Posada Caracol is maybe the most romantic (awesome sunsets with a lot of birds and pelicans) and most beautiful on the island directly on the beach (even if the airport is close). The food was delicious (very friendly cook - the soul of the house) and the boat for the trips to the islands is very modern and safe. We liked very much to have the possibility to eat on an own table to have some privacy - a thing that you do not find in many other posadas (big tables with all guests).

On the other hand, compared to the price we paid (a european five star hotel price) the service was very poor and repeatedly very disappointing - never experienced like this on our 5 months trip to South America.
By asking for information or help we mostly felt like disturbing. The trip to an island that was not included in the price had to be organized by ourselves after having the information from the manager that there is no trip to this island (which was not true). Within our 5-days-stay we had 4 days cold shower water and also reparing the shower-sink took several attempts from our side. As the crew leaves sometimes already at 9pm there was some kind of hurry during the dinners - they clean up your tables when not even finished. It has to be said that the waitress was very friendly but seemed to be obliged to follow the instructions of the management.
At our departure day we had the instruction from the manager to leave the posada at 4pm after the paying procedure with her. Even at 4.15pm she did not show up and we had to check out with the cleaning lady. Later at the airport, the manager showed up to welcome new guests and she handed us over the receipt. She not even said goodbye or sorry for not having appeared before. Maybe she just did not like us, although we always tried to be decent and correct.
There could be mentioned many other examples that should not occur in such a luxury place. And, interestingly, other guests mentioned similar experiences.

We hope that this report will strongly improve/adapt the service quality and management philosophy at Posada Caracol. If not, the price and what you get are definitely not in an equilibrium.

However, los Roques is one of the most beautiful spots we have ever seen on earth and going there is like spending some days in paradise!

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