Los Roques Venezuela.
Los Roques a National Park, The Archipelago Los Roques is located 85
miles north of Caracas (the capital of Venezuela) and 180 miles West of Margarita Island. This
has over 350 islands and keys of coral reef origin with white coral sand
beaches and crystal clear blue-green waters.
Roques is a perfect sailing ground with a steady breeze blowing all year
around, there is plenty of beautiful bays and natural lagoons to anchor in.
water is always warm and with an incredible underwater scenery, the
perfect setting to enjoy snorkeling or swimming after after
a wonderful cruise.
old Lighthouse on grand Roques.>
Archipelago comprises of huge rocks and coral reefs surrounding a central
lagoon therefore it is always calm waters no matter how strong the wind is a
unique area for sailing.
main island is Gran Roque, move the mouse across the top of the map, to the very northeast.
Gran Rogue with its unpaved landing strip and its permanent
fishing village and small hotels or posadas as they are called. Los Rogues
Archipelago was declared National Park in 1972 in order to protect wildlife
in its terrestrial and aquatic areas, specially its many species of birds:
Pelican, Frigates, sea gulls, white herons + many more. The underwater world
is abundant with Red snappers, King
Mackerel, Groupers, Turtles, Carites, Lobster, Botuto or Queen Conch and
hundreds of different species of Crabs.
Roque you find the islands of Francisky here you have two
island joined by a strip of sand creating a huge natural lagoon, La piscina
is one of the greatest places for snorkeling with is protected clear waters.
life on the islands of Franciskey.>
the southwest is the island of Crasqui here it is possible to rent
windsurfers and hobie cats at favorable prices. Crasqui has the largest
formations of conch seen anywhere in the Caribbean.
eastern part of the barrier reef with it is a large area of mangrove trees
takes you to Boca Sebastopol the very southeastern part of the archipelago.
A fast and smooth beam reach with full sails takes you there. Other places of interest
is to the very southwest, to the islands of Dos Mosquises and Cayo de Agua.
Here the Foundation Scientifico has its turtle farm maintained by the authorities of Los
island of Carenero to the northwest is worthwhile a visit, Isla Carenero probably has the most beautiful anchorage in all of
the Caribbean according to Donald M. Street*
and others who have visited the Island.
one of the few fishermen who still lives in Carenero.>
and Cayo Sal, with its blue lagoons and dazzling white sand its ideal for
swimming, snorkeling, fishing, skin diving, or just anchored close up
enjoying the warm crystal waters.
Sarkey has the most beautiful lagoon with a perfect reef for snorkeling and
swimming, fishing is excellent just in front of the island.
and explore for yourselves, most of the small islands do not have a name and
when the tide is low, new ones appear.
Roques has it all... discover the rest and enjoy what the Caribbean was like
30 years ago.
Roques, where human and nature meets.
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is the best choice "Posada or sailboat"?
street is the author and writer of the cruising guides to the Eastern
Caribbean. He has sailed in these waters for more than 30 years.