Looking at the stunning picture above you would probably guess that it’s the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. It looks a lot like them, but this group of picture perfect islands is actually right here in the Caribbean. Say hello, or hola, to the islands of Los Roques, you will never want to leave.
Los Roques, a Venezuelan national marine reserve archipelago is among the least visited areas of the Caribbean, at least for us Americans. Located 90 miles north of the central coast of Venezuela, it consists of 40 coral islands sprinkled along with hundreds of smaller islets, sandbanks and flat sandy cays. Gran Roque is the only island with lodging options, mostly charming, small-scale posadas run by Italian expats.
With numerous beaches, this paradise is a haven for tourists (mostly European) to put their feet up and savor the sun and sand in style. Perfect for fishing, diving and snorkeling, Los Roques is a place waiting to be discovered. A day in Los Roques usually goes something like this: You eat breakfast at your posada, then have a boat shuttle you over to an uninhabited cay for the day with a picnic basket full of food, a cooler stocked with drinks, and a big umbrella. Or you charter a sailboat or yacht in Gran Roque and skip from one jewel-like cay to another.
Primarily, a bone fishery, Los Roques also provides great opportunities for snook, baby tarpon and permit during certain times of the year. Furthermore, it is place renowned for its small wade able flats which present wonderful fishing prospects or just floating around doing nothing at all. I’m not a big fishing type person, so you will find me either face down in the clear waters snorkeling or just limin’ with a cold drink. Someone else can catch the fish, I’m here to look at them and eat them.
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