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Isla Margarita, Boca de Rio, Venezuela - A Fishing Village

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - January 2011   » View Photoset (28 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Boca de Rio is 5 minutes west from La Restinga over the bridge that joins the western and eastern parts of Isla Margarita. It's a small but
Venezuela Photo - In Robledal far west on Isla Margarita, plaza and monument to Antonio Jose de Sucre (1795-1830), independence leader.
In Robledal far west on Isla Margarita, plaza and monument to Antonio Jose de Sucre (1795-1830), independence leader.
colorful little place where most activity happens around the seafront. In Boca de Rio is the museum Museo Marino de Margarita, their website is museomarino.com. Here is a page on another site with photos from the museum.

The Seafront & Main Street

Boca de Rio has a nice seafront that is good to walk along, you can watch the pelicans sitting around on the fishing boats and fishermen processing fresh fish or eat an Empanada from one of the stalls along the walkway. The town is full of colored houses in rows in the main and side streets, green and white, blue and yellow, pink etc. Along the main drag are a couple of parks, one is dedicated to firemen and has a monument of a fireman carrying a woman, it has different plaques on each side of the pedestal. The other is Parque Bolivar and is
Venezuela Photo - Man and boy ride bicycles in the street in Robledal on Isla Margarita.
Man and boy ride bicycles in the street in Robledal on Isla Margarita.
the nicer of the two parks, a large area with benches and trees around, night lamps, a Venezuelan flag and of course a monument to Simon Bolivar.

Lagoon, Mountains & Church

At the western end of town you can see the green lagoon, mountains and the church Iglesia Boca de Rio is located here. Boca de Rio does have some internet cafes and telephone services but they are not so easy to find, ask a local for directions.

Buses Along the Peninsula

There are buses from Boca de Rio going to Porlamar from the east end of town on the street corner, it takes about 30 minutes more or less. From the middle
Venezuela Photo - Plaza Bolivar in Boca de Rio, a nice area to relax on Isla Margarita.
Plaza Bolivar in Boca de Rio, a nice area to relax on Isla Margarita.
of town on the main street I took a bus further west towards Peninsula de Macanao. I didn't know what I would find there, but that is the idea of travel in the first place, to explore. It only took about 15 minutes and the bus had brought me along the coast to the far western side of the island passing through Boca de Pozo and ending up in Robledal. I wanted to keep going but this was the end of the line, it travelled no more past this point and turned around and headed back towards Boca de Rio.

Robledal

I got out here and walked around a while, it's basically a fishing village. The plaza beside the sea pays homage to Antonio Jose de Sucre (1795-1830), he was also known as the Gran
Venezuela Photo - Freshly caught fish of the morning sit on the bench at Boca de Rio, Isla Margarita.
Freshly caught fish of the morning sit on the bench at Boca de Rio, Isla Margarita.
Mariscal de Ayacucho, an independence leader and friend of Simon Bolivar. I chatted to some locals for a while while cooling down with a cold drink. On a wall I found a mural of Che Guevara that refered to Mission Ribas, a programme to educate the 5 million highschool dropouts in Venezuela. It is named after independence leader Jose Felix Ribas. I took some good photos in Robledal of some incredibly simple things - a boy riding a bicycle home carrying a fish in one hand and a man and boy riding bicycles along the street together. After an hour relaxing here I waited for the bus back east to Boca de Rio. The mountains that can be seen in the distance from Boca de Rio are close on the left side during the journey. All in all this was a good day. I enjoyed it!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio, Venezuela. Boca de Rio is 5 minutes west from La Restinga over the bridge that joins the western and eastern parts of Isla Margarita. It's a small but colorful fishing village where most activity happens around the seafront!
 A : Isla Margarita - La Restinga - Venezuela 4 kms 4 kms straight distance | 6mins 6mins by car (6 kms) | 7mins 7mins by bus (6 kms) (6 kms)
 B : Isla Margarita - Porlamar - Venezuela 28 kms 28 kms straight distance | 30mins 30mins by car (34 kms) | 36mins 36mins by bus (34 kms) (34 kms)
 C : Isla Margarita - Juan Griego - Venezuela 26 kms 26 kms straight distance | 45mins 45mins by car (46 kms) | 54mins 54mins by bus (46 kms) (46 kms)
 D : Isla Margarita - La Asuncion - Venezuela 32 kms 32 kms straight distance | 53mins 53mins by car (47 kms) | 1hr 3mins 1hr 3mins by bus (47 kms) (47 kms)
 E : Isla Margarita - Pampatar - Venezuela 38 kms 38 kms straight distance | 46mins 46mins by car (48 kms) | 55mins 55mins by bus (48 kms) (48 kms)
 F : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 111 kms 111 kms straight distance | 2hrs 50mins 2hrs 50mins by car (146 kms) | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by bus (146 kms) (146 kms)
 G : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 327 kms 327 kms straight distance | 5hrs 51mins 5hrs 51mins by car (425 kms) | 7hrs 1min 7hrs 1min by bus (425 kms) (425 kms)
 H : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 331 kms 331 kms straight distance | 6hrs 36mins 6hrs 36mins by car (498 kms) | 7hrs 55mins 7hrs 55mins by bus (498 kms) (498 kms)
 I : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 345 kms 345 kms straight distance | 8hrs 3mins 8hrs 3mins by car (521 kms) | 9hrs 39mins 9hrs 39mins by bus (521 kms) (521 kms)
 J : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 377 kms 377 kms straight distance | 9hrs 31mins 9hrs 31mins by car (586 kms) | 11hrs 25mins 11hrs 25mins by bus (586 kms) (586 kms)
 K : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 427 kms 427 kms straight distance | 8hrs 46mins 8hrs 46mins by car (623 kms) | 10hrs 31mins 10hrs 31mins by bus (623 kms) (623 kms)
 L : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 455 kms 455 kms straight distance | 9hrs 28mins 9hrs 28mins by car (679 kms) | 11hrs 21mins 11hrs 21mins by bus (679 kms) (679 kms)
 M : San Felipe - Venezuela 505 kms 505 kms straight distance | 9hrs 37mins 9hrs 37mins by car (705 kms) | 11hrs 32mins 11hrs 32mins by bus (705 kms) (705 kms)
 N : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 496 kms 496 kms straight distance | 10hrs 9mins 10hrs 9mins by car (738 kms) | 12hrs 10mins 12hrs 10mins by bus (738 kms) (738 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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