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Isla Margarita, Porlamar, Venezuela - By Ferry From Puerto La Cruz

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - January 2011   » View Photoset (17 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

4 Hours by Ferry from Puerto La Cruz

From the Conferry terminal in Puerto La Cruz
Venezuela Photo - Colored old houses and streets of Porlamar, Isla Margarita.
Colored old houses and streets of Porlamar, Isla Margarita.
I made the 4 hour trip by ferry to Porlamar on Isla Margarita (Margarita Island). It was early morning in Puerto La Cruz. I woke before 6am and walked the 20 minutes west from the center of town to the ferry terminal and bought a ticket for $40 Bolivares one way (around $6USD). Before I boarded the boat my belongings were checked by the police and they asked me to play my guitar to show I could actually play and that it wasn't some kind of 'cover' for something else.

Conferry Ferry to Porlamar

The trip on the ferry from Puerto La Cruz is quite scenic passing by many islands along the way, I saw dolphins and pelicans. The ferry was quite empty and I was able to sprawl out on a bench seat and rest for a while. The ferry arrived in Porlamar, people with cars drove off the ship and onto the jetty to shore.

Co-op Taxi into Town

I caught a co-op taxi van which is the cheapest
Venezuela Photo - A co-op taxi van from the ferry to Porlamar cost 5 Bolivares and took 20 minutes.
A co-op taxi van from the ferry to Porlamar cost 5 Bolivares and took 20 minutes.
option into the center of Porlamar and found myself a budget hotel one block from Plaza Bolivar. From the ferry to the city center is 28kms and cost $5 Bolivares.

Walking Around the Center

Next day I set out to have a look around and explore the city a little. The place is full of life in the central streets with food for sale, stalls and shops, the houses around the center are in colors of pink, blue, green, orange and yellow, many have little shaped designs on the front. Plaza Bolivar is large with tall trees,
Venezuela Photo - The passenger deck on Conferry on the way to Porlamar.
The passenger deck on Conferry on the way to Porlamar.
people relax during the day and drink black coffee. The white and gold church Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari stands at one side of the plaza. In the grounds is a monument to Rev. Brother Elias Maria Sendra and nearby is a monument in bronze of 4 women dancing in a circle holding hands and is called La Ronda by Francisco Narvaez. Porlamar offers fancy shopping in the area around Av 4 de Mayo where there are a lot of imported goods.

A Dramatic Twist

It was about now while I was walking around the shopping area that my visit to Isla Margarita took a dramatic twist. I was sitting down having a cold drink when a young lady nearby caught my eye. I said 'hola' and we sat and chatted for an hour, she invited me to visit
Venezuela Photo - La Ronda by Francisco Narvaez, monument of 4 women in a circle holding hands in Porlamar.
La Ronda by Francisco Narvaez, monument of 4 women in a circle holding hands in Porlamar.
the place where she lived with her family on the island. The next day I took a bus from Porlamar to La Restinga where there is a lagoon and national park. I didn't plan to, but I ended up staying there for 2 weeks living in a house at the beach with a family of fishermen with free board and food!

Buses Around the Island

There is a bus terminal about 5 blocks from Plaza Bolivar that has buses going towards the western regions of the island like La Restinga while buses going to La Asuncion, Pampatar and Juan Griego leave from around the plaza and down the road from the church on various street corners.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Isla Margarita - Porlamar (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Isla Margarita - Porlamar, Venezuela. From the Conferry terminal in Puerto La Cruz I made the 4 hour trip by ferry to Porlamar on Isla Margarita. It's the main city on the island and by bus you can get to all the other places!
 A : Isla Margarita - Pampatar - Venezuela 12 kms 12 kms straight distance | 24mins 24mins by car (17 kms) | 28mins 28mins by bus (17 kms) (17 kms)
 B : Isla Margarita - La Asuncion - Venezuela 11 kms 11 kms straight distance | 39mins 39mins by car (28 kms) | 46mins 46mins by bus (28 kms) (28 kms)
 C : Isla Margarita - Juan Griego - Venezuela 17 kms 17 kms straight distance | 35mins 35mins by car (31 kms) | 42mins 42mins by bus (31 kms) (31 kms)
 D : Isla Margarita - La Restinga - Venezuela 24 kms 24 kms straight distance | 27mins 27mins by car (32 kms) | 32mins 32mins by bus (32 kms) (32 kms)
 E : Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio - Venezuela 28 kms 28 kms straight distance | 33mins 33mins by car (37 kms) | 39mins 39mins by bus (37 kms) (37 kms)
 F : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 126 kms 126 kms straight distance | 2hrs 54mins 2hrs 54mins by car (149 kms) | 3hrs 28mins 3hrs 28mins by bus (149 kms) (149 kms)
 G : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 320 kms 320 kms straight distance | 5hrs 55mins 5hrs 55mins by car (428 kms) | 7hrs 6mins 7hrs 6mins by bus (428 kms) (428 kms)
 H : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 317 kms 317 kms straight distance | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by car (501 kms) | 8hrs 8hrs by bus (501 kms) (501 kms)
 I : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 373 kms 373 kms straight distance | 8hrs 7mins 8hrs 7mins by car (524 kms) | 9hrs 44mins 9hrs 44mins by bus (524 kms) (524 kms)
 J : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 405 kms 405 kms straight distance | 9hrs 35mins 9hrs 35mins by car (589 kms) | 11hrs 30mins 11hrs 30mins by bus (589 kms) (589 kms)
 K : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 454 kms 454 kms straight distance | 8hrs 50mins 8hrs 50mins by car (626 kms) | 10hrs 36mins 10hrs 36mins by bus (626 kms) (626 kms)
 L : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 483 kms 483 kms straight distance | 9hrs 32mins 9hrs 32mins by car (682 kms) | 11hrs 26mins 11hrs 26mins by bus (682 kms) (682 kms)
 M : San Felipe - Venezuela 533 kms 533 kms straight distance | 9hrs 41mins 9hrs 41mins by car (708 kms) | 11hrs 37mins 11hrs 37mins by bus (708 kms) (708 kms)
 N : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 524 kms 524 kms straight distance | 10hrs 13mins 10hrs 13mins by car (741 kms) | 12hrs 15mins 12hrs 15mins by bus (741 kms) (741 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.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Isla Margarita, Porlamar, Venezuela:

Hotel Familiar, Porlamar, Venezuela - Large Photo
Hotel Familiar, Porlamar, Venezuela (January 2011 - 1 night) - A horrible place a block from the plaza, everything about it was horrible and they charged me too much for the privilege. The manager decided to have band practice in a room downstairs at midnight. I think this hotel in general is used 1hr at time by various people.

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