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Isla Margarita, Juan Griego, Venezuela - Sunset Island, Beaches & Boat Tours

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - January 2011   » View Photoset (20 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
From La Asuncion I took a bus to
Venezuela Photo - Simon Bolivar wall mural on the street in Juan Griego, Isla Margarita.
Simon Bolivar wall mural on the street in Juan Griego, Isla Margarita.
Juan Griego only 15kms away on the north west coast of Margarita Island passing through Santa Ana 8kms away. Juan Griego is known as a laidback place where there is accommodation available. The bay has fishing boats, visiting yachts and tour boats docked. There can be some very spectacular sunsets here also. On the way to Juan Griego the bus passed through Santa Ana. I didn't walk around, but a few things caught my eye like the paintings of important people along the walls leading into town.

City Tour

I arrived in Juan Griego, it was not the greatest of sunny days, a little rainy now and again. First thing I did was eat a hotdog for lunch in a nice little park. There is a monument to Dr. Francisco Antonio Risquez who was born in Juan Griego in 1856 while across the road I saw an interesting metal sculpture
Venezuela Photo - The fishing village end of Juan Griego beach with palm trees and boats, Isla Margarita.
The fishing village end of Juan Griego beach with palm trees and boats, Isla Margarita.
of a figure riding a 3 wheeled bicycle. I walked down the road towards the sea, the main streets have many shops. I came to the big park along the seafront behind the beach. The park is a large one with shady trees, benches to sit on and lamps. Like in Plaza Bolivar in La Asuncion there is a monument here to the heroine Luisa Caceres de Arismendi. A short way away is a statue of a man with a sword and a pair of binoculars, he is Juan Bautista Arismendi (1775-1841), a general in the War of Independence and was born on Isla Margarita.
Venezuela Photo - Colorful wall painting of an important man in Venezuelas history at Juan Griego on Isla Margarita.
Colorful wall painting of an important man in Venezuelas history at Juan Griego on Isla Margarita.
On a plaque near the wharf in the park it says that on this very beach on the 3rd of May 1816 Simon Bolivar disembarked his ship and goes on to say 'Homenaje del Refugi Pau Casals al Padre de la Patria'. I walked to the end of the wharf where there were a few boats docked that are used for taking people fishing and sightseeing. A block back from the beach I found the white gothic church Iglesia San Juan Evangelista which is a national historical monument. It was created in 1844 and built in 1850 and has dual towers. One has clocks on all four sides, it stands out dramatically from its surroundings. I continued along the waterfront past a woman making arepas to a nice park
Venezuela Photo - Important person painting on wall a few minutes before Santa Ana on the way to Juan Griego, Isla Margarita.
Important person painting on wall a few minutes before Santa Ana on the way to Juan Griego, Isla Margarita.
with pathways, bench seats, hedges and white lamps. In the middle stands a monument to a military officer who fought in the War of Independence, a man called Almirante Luis Brion (1782-1821).

Down at the Beach

I was now down on the beach, a cannon on a stone base sits in position over the sand pointing to sea ready for any pirate ships that may arrive. In the distance up on the hill I could see the Fort Galera overlooking the bay, but I didn't visit. I had seen the forts in La Asuncion and Pampatar already. Along the main road behind the
Venezuela Photo - Metal sculpture in Juan Griego of a figure riding a 3 wheeled bicycle, Isla Margarita.
Metal sculpture in Juan Griego of a figure riding a 3 wheeled bicycle, Isla Margarita.
beach where there are many shops selling clothing I came now to the fishing village end of the beach where all the pelicans hang out in groups on the boats, on the sand and beside fishing sheds. I visited one of these sheds, the man was proud to pose for a photo while holding a long snake-like fish. I am not sure what type of fish they were but they had razor sharp teeth. Behind the shed a bunch of pelicans fought over some fish scraps.

Back to Porlamar

Around about now I decided to walk towards the bus terminal to get back to Porlamar and then back to La Restinga where I was staying. Along the way just past a wall covered in colorful murals of Simon Bolivar and other important men I came to the Municipal Market, a place to buy vegetables and all kinds of stuff. When I got to the terminal I briefly thought about going north to see some of the beaches but no buses go up there, I had to take a taxi. I asked a taxi driver about it and decided it would be better to share the cost with a couple other people on my next visit to Isla Margarita. And yes there will be another visit. I took the bus back to Porlamar, about 25kms away.

     

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Map location: Isla Margarita - Juan Griego, Venezuela. Juan Griego is known as a laid-back place where there is accommodation available! The bay has fishing boats, visiting yachts and tour boats docked. There can be some very spectacular sunsets here also!
 A : Isla Margarita - La Asuncion - Venezuela 10 kms 10 kms straight distance | 24mins 24mins by car (13 kms) | 28mins 28mins by bus (13 kms) (13 kms)
 B : Isla Margarita - Pampatar - Venezuela 17 kms 17 kms straight distance | 35mins 35mins by car (21 kms) | 42mins 42mins by bus (21 kms) (21 kms)
 C : Isla Margarita - Porlamar - Venezuela 17 kms 17 kms straight distance | 35mins 35mins by car (29 kms) | 42mins 42mins by bus (29 kms) (29 kms)
 D : Isla Margarita - La Restinga - Venezuela 21 kms 21 kms straight distance | 39mins 39mins by car (41 kms) | 46mins 46mins by bus (41 kms) (41 kms)
 E : Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio - Venezuela 26 kms 26 kms straight distance | 45mins 45mins by car (46 kms) | 54mins 54mins by bus (46 kms) (46 kms)
 F : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 135 kms 135 kms straight distance | 3hrs 6mins 3hrs 6mins by car (158 kms) | 3hrs 43mins 3hrs 43mins by bus (158 kms) (158 kms)
 G : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 337 kms 337 kms straight distance | 6hrs 8mins 6hrs 8mins by car (437 kms) | 7hrs 21mins 7hrs 21mins by bus (437 kms) (437 kms)
 H : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 334 kms 334 kms straight distance | 6hrs 53mins 6hrs 53mins by car (510 kms) | 8hrs 15mins 8hrs 15mins by bus (510 kms) (510 kms)
 I : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 370 kms 370 kms straight distance | 8hrs 19mins 8hrs 19mins by car (533 kms) | 9hrs 58mins 9hrs 58mins by bus (533 kms) (533 kms)
 J : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 401 kms 401 kms straight distance | 9hrs 48mins 9hrs 48mins by car (598 kms) | 11hrs 45mins 11hrs 45mins by bus (598 kms) (598 kms)
 K : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 451 kms 451 kms straight distance | 9hrs 3mins 9hrs 3mins by car (635 kms) | 10hrs 51mins 10hrs 51mins by bus (635 kms) (635 kms)
 L : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 478 kms 478 kms straight distance | 9hrs 45mins 9hrs 45mins by car (691 kms) | 11hrs 42mins 11hrs 42mins by bus (691 kms) (691 kms)
 M : San Felipe - Venezuela 530 kms 530 kms straight distance | 9hrs 54mins 9hrs 54mins by car (717 kms) | 11hrs 52mins 11hrs 52mins by bus (717 kms) (717 kms)
 N : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 518 kms 518 kms straight distance | 10hrs 26mins 10hrs 26mins by car (750 kms) | 12hrs 31mins 12hrs 31mins by bus (750 kms) (750 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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