The Beaches of Margarita Island or Isla Margarita
Manzanillo & Guayacan
Beaches near Playa El Agua, Isla Margarita, Venezuela
Playa Manzanillo, Margarita island
Playa Manzanillo is very close to Playa El Agua, Margarita Island. Just follow the main road to the North, past Bodegon Johny, and in about a mile you will see Manzanillo Bay with it's fishing boats. This Margarita beach has no tourist accommodations however there are a number of restaurants where you can get a beautiful fish meal and have a couple of beers for prices generally much lower than at Playa El Agua or the other tourist beaches of Margarita Island. Most of the restaurants are locally owned and do NOT open at night. They all rent umbrellas and chairs and will be happy to keep you well supplied with Polar (Venezuela's best beer) and Cuba Libres while you sun yourself.
The ocean is normally quieter here than at Playa El Agua and is a few degrees cooler due to the different currents. As it is a protected bay this is where the fishermen moor their peñeros (open fishing boats) and often draw the nets full of fish up on to the beach. This can make for some really interesting photos. It's also a great spot to see the sunset for most of the year.
We have a few pictures of
one of the
restaurants at Playa Manzanillo
Playa Guayacan, Isla Margarita
If you follow the main
road past Playa Manzanillo a couple of miles you will not only treat yourself to
a drive along some of Margarita Island's most beautiful rugged coastline you
will arrive at the small fishing village and beach called Guayacan. When we
first came to Margarita Island in the mid 80's you could only get to this
village by boat. The road was paved in the late 80's which opened up this quaint
There is a small local restaurant that has very good meals, salads and even wine in addition to pop, beer, water, etc. This is also a place where they pull the fishing nets up on the beach and where there are kids always ready to pose for a photo. The people are very friendly to tourists so just relax and enjoy your time there.
The photos of Playa Guayacan are courtesy of Joka Bloemgarten
We hope that you enjoy these
beaches and all the other
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