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Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela - Paradise Of Beaches & Crystal Clear Waters

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2014   » View Photoset (58 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Wow! If you are a beach and nature lover and you want to be in the most beautiful and amazing place full of secluded (or semi-crowded) beaches with crystal clean
Venezuela Photo - A garden of palm trees between beaches at Cajo Sombrero, Morrocoy National Park.
A garden of palm trees between beaches at Cajo Sombrero, Morrocoy National Park.
waters, then Morrocoy National Park is your ticket! I did a day trip to Morrocoy from Moron where I had spent the night and also returned there for a night after the day in Morrocoy. It's 40 minutes by bus each way and a hell of a lot cheaper than staying in Tucacas which is the town at Morrocoy. I had just spent a few days 4hrs north / west at beaches in Coro and Adicora which was really nice but Morrocoy was totally mind-blowing and pristine in comparison!

Arriving in Tucacas

I arrived at the bus terminal in Tucacas where there were a few people walking around selling boat tickets and tours at prices higher than what you pay at the waters edge, do not buy a ticket from these people. Next I took a taxi a few minutes to the boats at the dock.

Tour or Private Boat?

It works like this: Each boat can have a maximum of 7 people in it. The price to each island or beach is fixed and is split between however many people there are in the boat. They charge black
Venezuela Photo - Beautiful waterscapes around the island of Cajo Sombrero, Morrocoy National Park.
Beautiful waterscapes around the island of Cajo Sombrero, Morrocoy National Park.
market prices so you need to change your money on the black market. Generally it costs between $15-30USD per boat to go to each beach / island and return. If you divide that cost between up to 7 people it makes for a very cheap day in paradise indeed! You can hire a private boat for less than $50USD for 4hrs to take you on a little tour around some of the islands and beaches before you decide which beach or island you want to spend a few hours at. Then the boat comes back to return you to Tucacas later on. There is also a 5hr private boat option for around $65USD with the tour including several more islands and beaches.
Venezuela Photo - The crystal clear waters of Morrocoy, boat in the distance.
The crystal clear waters of Morrocoy, boat in the distance.

Islands and Beaches

The islands of Morrocoy are known as cayos, the beaches are called playas. Islands you can visit by boat are Cayo Las Animas, Cajo Paicla, Cajo Boca Seca, Cajo Pescadores, Cajo Sombrero, Cajo Los Juanes and Cajo Los Muerticos. The most popular beaches to visit are Playa Mero, Playuela y Playuelita, Playa Sur and Playa Norte.

Boat Tour of Morrocoy

I chose to take a 4hr private boat tour (with my girlfriend). We powered off from Tucacas and headed firstly to the island of birds (Isla Los Pajaros) where we saw birds in the trees above from the boat. We had a quick look, then powered off to Playa Azul to see all the people enjoying themselves there. We didn't stop but headed next to see the Cave of the Santisima Virgen, a shrine next to the water. A few minutes later we arrived at Cajo Los Juanes
Venezuela Photo - 2 women sell fresh seafood from a floating polystyrene board at Cajo Los Juanes, Morrocoy National Park.
2 women sell fresh seafood from a floating polystyrene board at Cajo Los Juanes, Morrocoy National Park.
where I jumped into the water and cooled off. This was quite a fun place, not a beach, just the edge of an island with shallow waters and a few boats with people. Vendors walked around waist high in water selling seafood and drinks from on top of floating polystyrene boards. The water here is just amazing to swim in! Next we headed off and had a quick look at Playa Los Alemanes before arriving at nearby Cajo Sombrero. At this point the boat driver asked which beach or island we had liked the best of the ones we had seen and which one would we like to spend the next 3hrs at before he came back to collect us.

Cajo Sombrero (Shady Beach)

We decided that Cajo Sombrero where we had just arrived looked pretty good. There were lots of people, was quite large and looked fantastic for swimming and
Venezuela Photo - Where white sands, emerald waters and palm trees meet - Cajo Sombrero, Morrocoy National Park.
Where white sands, emerald waters and palm trees meet - Cajo Sombrero, Morrocoy National Park.
exploring. Like most if not all other places at Morrocoy National Park, at Playa Sombrero you are hit with pure white sands, palm trees and crystal clean emerald and turquoise colored waters all around. In these shallow waters away from the sandy beaches lay coral reefs and complex ecosystems. I explored around the island. There are very few people once you get away from the main beaches. I love nature! Afterwards I headed back to the main beach. Well there are 2, one on each side of the island, can you say colored umbrella?

Feelings of Joy

Swim time, just gorgeous, refreshing, paradise on earth, wow what a backdrop, floating on my back, this can't be real. I don't want to leave. I want to come back... OK, all things must pass. The boat arrived on time, we headed back to Tucacas and took a taxi to the bus terminal for a bus back to Moron.

Bus to Barquisimeto

The next day a bus 2hrs 15mins from Moron to Barquisimeto.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Morrocoy National Park (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela. Wow! If you are a beach and nature lover and you want to be in the most beautiful and amazing place full of secluded beaches with crystal clear waters, then Morrocoy National Park is your ticket!
 A : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 54 kms 54 kms straight distance | 55mins 55mins by car (63 kms) | 1hr 6mins 1hr 6mins by bus (63 kms) (63 kms)
 B : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 52 kms 52 kms straight distance | 56mins 56mins by car (67 kms) | 1hr 7mins 1hr 7mins by bus (67 kms) (67 kms)
 C : San Felipe - Venezuela 71 kms 71 kms straight distance | 1hr 32mins 1hr 32mins by car (128 kms) | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by bus (128 kms) (128 kms)
 D : Coro - Venezuela 160 kms 160 kms straight distance | 2hrs 34mins 2hrs 34mins by car (190 kms) | 3hrs 4mins 3hrs 4mins by bus (190 kms) (190 kms)
 E : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 89 kms 89 kms straight distance | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by car (200 kms) | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by bus (200 kms) (200 kms)
 F : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 124 kms 124 kms straight distance | 3hrs 10mins 3hrs 10mins by car (214 kms) | 3hrs 48mins 3hrs 48mins by bus (214 kms) (214 kms)
 G : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 145 kms 145 kms straight distance | 2hrs 26mins 2hrs 26mins by car (219 kms) | 2hrs 55mins 2hrs 55mins by bus (219 kms) (219 kms)
 H : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 2hrs 42mins 2hrs 42mins by car (244 kms) | 3hrs 14mins 3hrs 14mins by bus (244 kms) (244 kms)
 I : Adicora & Punto Fijo - Venezuela 209 kms 209 kms straight distance | 3hrs 30mins 3hrs 30mins by car (267 kms) | 4hrs 12mins 4hrs 12mins by bus (267 kms) (267 kms)
 J : Acarigua - Venezuela 172 kms 172 kms straight distance | 3hrs 9mins 3hrs 9mins by car (269 kms) | 3hrs 46mins 3hrs 46mins by bus (269 kms) (269 kms)
 K : Carora - Venezuela 205 kms 205 kms straight distance | 3hrs 27mins 3hrs 27mins by car (310 kms) | 4hrs 8mins 4hrs 8mins by bus (310 kms) (310 kms)
 L : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 274 kms 274 kms straight distance | 4hrs 28mins 4hrs 28mins by car (332 kms) | 5hrs 21mins 5hrs 21mins by bus (332 kms) (332 kms)
 M : Barinas - Venezuela 325 kms 325 kms straight distance | 4hrs 46mins 4hrs 46mins by car (434 kms) | 5hrs 43mins 5hrs 43mins by bus (434 kms) (434 kms)
 N : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 324 kms 324 kms straight distance | 5hrs 18mins 5hrs 18mins by car (464 kms) | 6hrs 21mins 6hrs 21mins by bus (464 kms) (464 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 Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela:

Hotel Marbella, Moron, Venezuela - Large Photo
Hotel Marbella, Moron, Venezuela (May 2013 - 1 night, August 2014 - 2 nights) - Well-priced and located right in the center part of Moron. I had tv, wifi and bathroom. Helpful staff. Recommended (2013). I stayed here again in 2014 but now they have no wifi, the rooms are kind of old and worn but it is still probably the best option in town and is very close to the shops.

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