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Isla Margarita, Venezuela Travel Information

According to softwareleverage, Isla Margarita is an island off the coast of Venezuela (South America). Isla Margarita, together with two smaller islands (Coche and Cubagua), is part of the Venezuelan state of Nueva Esparta. The capital of Margarita Island is La Asunción. A number of major cities on Isla Margarita are: Porlamar and Pampatar.

Isla Margarita is known as a sun-drenched destination. The island has a versatile nature with mountains, beaches and lots of greenery. Isla Margarita attracts many tourists all year round who come for nature and beaches. The big cities respond to this tourist flow with large shopping centers, luxury hotels and many entertainment venues. On the coast you will find beautiful white sandy beaches with clear blue water. Here you can dive and snorkel. Isla Margarita is also known worldwide as a wind and kite surfing destination. See allcitycodes for area codes of countries in South America.

Where is Margarita Island?

Travel information of Isla Margarita

Official name: Isla Margarita
Continent: South America
Area: 1,150 km²
Capital: La Asunción
Country code: VE, VEN
Population: 436,900 inhabitants
Form of government: Federal Republic
Highest point: 920 m (Cerro Grande)
Distance (Amsterdam – La Asunción): 7,612 km
Flight time: approximately 10 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: All non-essential travel to Isla Margarita is discouraged.
Current color code: Orange. Due to this status, a partial negative travel advice
is in effect for Isla Margarita.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Isla Margarita that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Isla Margarita, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Isla Margarita. For separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Isla Margarita?

Weather and climate
Isla Margarita has a subtropical climate.
Temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees all year round. Peaks of 36 degrees can occur in the summer months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Isla Margarita can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
January, February, March, April and December are the best months to travel to Margarita Island. This avoids the rainy season.

Spanish is the official language on Isla Margarita.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival at Isla Margarita.
A visa is not necessary if you stay on Isla Margarita for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Venezuela (also for Isla Margarita):
Dutch consulate on Isla Margarita:
Embassy of Venezuela in the Netherlands (also for Isla Margarita):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Isla Margarita it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
On Isla Margarita people pay with the Venezuelan Bolívar (VEF).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs on Isla Margarita can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Isla Margarita are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -49% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (55% cheaper), food (33% cheaper), imported beer in catering (45% cheaper), cigarettes (75% cheaper) and public transport (96% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

It is customary to tip on Isla Margarita. If no service charge has yet been included in the bill, tip approximately 10%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 6.5 hours earlier on Isla Margarita.
During our winter time it is 5.5 hours earlier on Isla Margarita.
Isla Margarita has no difference in winter time and summer time.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Margarita Island on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Isla Margarita you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Isla Margarita.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Isla Margarita.

Electricity On Isla Margarita you may need an adapter plug and/or converter
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets on Isla Margarita can be found on our electricity page (under Venezuela).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Isla Margarita can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Isla Margarita can be found on Abyznewslinks (under Nueva Esparta).

Websites from Margarita Island end

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Isla Margarita is 0058 or +58.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Isla Margarita? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Isla Margarita.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Isla Margarita.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays on Isla Margarita can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Isla Margarita, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Isla Margarita?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Isla Margarita. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Isls Margarita can be found on Protected Planet.
Isla Margarita is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Isla Margarita? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that Isla Margarita may not be imported and/or exported.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Isla Margarita.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know…
…There are no direct flights between Europe to Isla Margarita?
…Isla Margarita has no taxes?
…Isla Margarita has more than 50 beaches?
… Isla Margarita attracts many tourists especially around Christmas and Easter?
…Isla Margarita’s economy mostly revolves around fishing and tourism?

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