Los RoquesVenezuela mainland. Administratively, they are part of Venezuela's Federal Dependencies.
HistoryDeclared a National Park in 1972.
LandscapeLos Roques islands are usually calm, quiet, and usually deserted, which makes it great to be with your family alone. It has the main island, Gran Roque, which is a collection of small villa-style hotels which are small but comfortable. Los Roques is full of natural pools and beautiful fish.
Flora and fauna
ClimateHot and unforgiving. There is very little shade on the cays, and even sun umbrellas don't stop all the sun's rays. If you burn easily, be sure to slap on protection at all times.
By planeAbout a 40-min flight from Caracas in fairly small planes, landing at the air strip on Gran Roque. There are also flights from Porlamar on Margarita Island.
By boatPrivate yachts stop off at the islands but there is no commercial ferry service.
Fees and permits
On Gran Roque, the only vehicle is the rubbish cart, and everywhere can be reached by foot.
- Yacht charter in Venezuela and Los Roques: Explore Yachts is a local and one of the oldest yacht charter companies in South America. It can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to luxury yachts.
- Sailing Roques offers sailing vacations in the Los Roques archipelago of Venezuela, on board of the sailing yacht Soltana.
address: Dos MosquisesRun by Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques, the research station and turtle sanctuary on Dos Mosquises is worth a visit. The Spanish-speaking staff will give an introduction to the station's work breeding several different types of marine turtle. The sanctuary charges a small entry fee, so bring some change in your swimming trunks.
SnorkelingMost of the beaches of Los Roques have some incredible snorkeling. Your posada will arrange for you to hire a mask and flippers, or try Oscar Shop just outside the airport.
DivingLos Roques are a paradise for scuba diving. A couple of places in Gran Roque offer trips and courses for beginners and refreshers.
Windsurfingaddress: Francisqui AbajoYou can hire windsurfing and kitesurfing kit from the centre on a small island in the Francisqui group, a short boat ride from Gran Roque.
Wonderfully fresh lobsters are available in season.
phone: +58 424 1803 634
phone: +58 412 310 1962
phone: +58 412 310 1962The only posada located in a little, charming desert island, only 3 room beachfront property
Posada Karlinphone: +58 414 287-7554Basic rooms but with air conditioning and good food cooked by Perfecta.
Posada Piano y PapayaVery nice guest house.
Roque Lusaaddress: Northern end of town
phone: +58 212 9150666address: calle la Laguna
phone: +58 414 282 61 315-star service.