The only Venezuelan carrier with English on their site and the best
flight database, although you might do better calling their English speaking reps
if you get an expensive quote on-line.
Have had a direct flight between
in Colombia (El Dorado
International Airport); also flys to Medellín (Jose Maria Cordova
International Airport), Ecuador Quito (Mariscal Sucre International
Airport) & Guayaquil (José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport); Peru
Lima (Jorge Chávez International Airport). For the Caribbean, take them to Cuba,
Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curaçao and Trinidad.
Although Aruba, Curaçao , and the 2 Dominican Republic airports of Punta Cana, Santo
Domingo are listed as destinations on wikipedia.org, the official web
site lists it as serving just 9 Venezuela cities in Dec-2006
Aruba, Curaçao, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago &
Miami ( as of 28 January 2007)
Avior Airlines is an airline based in nearby
Barcelona-Puerto la Cruz Venezuela. The new Miami-Barcelona flight
makes it possible to avoid Caracas airport
destinations and local contact info by avior
The government owned airlines is ambitious to ad more international flights, but
it took us much effort to discover the regular flight between PMV and POS was
freight only in Feb-2007, so we ended up on Aeropostal with 5 hour layover in
Caracas both ways for the rather short hop. International flights to Madrid
(Madrid Barajas International Airport); Grenada St. George's (Point Salines International Airport); Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain (Piarco International Airport) and
Bogotá Colombia (El Dorado
Does a shuttle between Caracas & Porlemar
Rutaca (Ciudad Bolívar, Porlamar, Puerto
Ordaz, San Antonio del Táchira)
destinations & contacts by
Santa Barbara Airlines
o Madrid (Barajas International Airport)
o Tenerife (Los Rodeos Airport)
o Funchal (Funchal International Airport)
o USA Miami (Miami International Airport)
+ Oranjestad (Queen Beatrix International Airport)
o Quito (Mariscal Sucre International Airport)
o Guayaquil (Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport)
(Canaima, El Yavi, Los Roques)
Aereotuy (Los Roques)
Sol America (Los Roques, Valencia)
DelCaribe Gen S Marino
IATA code: PMV
is difficult to find a way into Porlemar without passing through a Venezuela
airport unless you are on a charter. Several international airlines and dozens of charter carriers have service to Margarita from major European cities, as well as from Toronto, Montréal, Miami, and New York. Many of these sell “package” deals that can be a way of incorporating a holiday while looking for that dream home. Most international flights
connect to Porlamar by going through
Caracas/Maiquetia airport. Simon Bolivar International (CCS)
The German discount airlines
condor.com operates a daily direct flight from
FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL (FRA)
- PORLAMAR (PMV). The leading Venezuelan
airline Aeropostal offers direct flights from Miami to Porlamar
(Margarita) via Caracas everyday. Using the flightstats in December
2006, we could not locate any flights from other South American countries. The very cool, new-in-2006 travel tool
for flightstats.com is only as good as its
data, as it does not list Avior Flight, who fly to nearby Aruba and Curacao
from PMV. There were flights from Trinidad and Barbados,
but not bookable online. See your travel agent or call direct.
AMERICAN AIRLINES, UNITED AIRLINES, DELTA AIRLINES, AEROPOSTAL, AVENSA, CONTINENTAL, LANCHILE
SPIRIT - offer flights from Miami, Orlando, Houston, New York, San Francisco, San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Atlanta directly to Caracas. Then you can connect to Porlamar (Isla de Margarita) the same day or the next day, depending on your arrival time.
It was only in 2006 that American airports were reopened
to Venezuela Airlines so, as always, stuff happens and beginning by checking
for flights out of Miami [MIA] and
the fast growing nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport [FLL]
Try to beat fares from
this air fare comparison search engine
If you are arriving on a Friday, a
Venezuelan long weekend, Christmas, Easter, Carnival or during August it is
very important to have a pre-booked ticket to Isla Margarita (Porlamar) Del Caribe International.
Gen Santago Marino
in Solemar is
Margarita’s only airport.
Caracas to Porlamar: 12,350B's (around $6.50) paid in Caracas. Porlamar
back to Caracas 10,000 B's (about $5,-) paid in Porlamar and
international airport tax 86,600 B's (about $45) paid in Caracas when
traveling to the US. 40,000 B's paid in Caracas when traveling to
Europe. The taxes must be paid in local currency. These taxes are
subject to change without notice.
From Caracas it can be cheaper if
you buy the ticket at the airport rather than booking direct. The flight
costs about $60 and and there are 3 airlines [Aserca Airlines,
Aeropostal, Conviasa] that make the trip to Margarita everyday. If
booking to (PMV) comes back higher than expected, try inputting (CSS) as
Airline Equipment charges Caracas to Porlamar:
Windsurf equipment: $40 each way
Kite equipment: $30
|Airport Tax rates vary at each
airport, but all have them for both Domestic and International
|Barcelona Airport - Gral Jose Antonio Anzoategui
Barinas Airport - (BNS)
Barquisimeto Airport - (BRM)
Canaima Airport - (CAJ)
Caracas Airport - Simon Bolivar International (CCS)
Carupano Airport - (CUP)
Ciudad Bolivar Airport - Ciudad Boliva (CBL)
Cumana Airport - (CUM)
Las Piedras Airport - Josefa Camejo (LSP)
Maracaibo Airport - La Chinita (MAR)
Maturin Airport - Quiriquire (MUN)
Merida Airport - Alberto Carnevalli (MRD)
Porlamar Airport - Gral Santiago Marino (PMV)
Puerto Ordaz Airport - (PZO)
San Antonio Airport - (SVZ)
San Tome Airport - El Tigre (SOM)
Santo Domingo Airport - Mayor Humberto Vivas Guerrero (STD)
Valencia Airport - (VLN)
destinations #1 Columbian Airline which has had direct
Porlemar service from Bogata.
avianca.com/ [English &
Flights from the U.K and the rest of Europe.
Britannia Airways, #1 charter airlines has direct flights
from Europe to Margarita, but this cannot be booked on their
British Airways offer scheduled flights from London Gatwick (LGW) in to Caracas international airport with the flight taking approx. 8-9 hours. You then need to get a connection to the Island. Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and others also offer the same, but you will have to check with them.
Charter flights are available with many airlines, and can offer a cheaper and direct alternative.
First Choice fly out of Gatwick & Manchester direct to the Island.
---Air transat flys out of Montreal / Toronto, Royal from
Toronto and Canada 3000 from Halifax.
---Condor as well as
LTU flies from Düsseldorf.
---Nordic Nea flies out of Copenhagen.
---Air Europa flies out of Tenerife / Madrid.
---Surinam Airways fly out of Georgetown.---Airplus flys out of Madrid.
---Martinair flys out of Amsterdam / Copenhagen.
Air Servicios Iscar, C.A.
International Airlines flying to Caracas International Airport
Taxis (Cabs) - There
are many taxi lines on the island.
There is a nearby taxi service that can take you at reasonable prices,
generally at fixed rates to wherever.
Take the ones painted in white with yellow license
It is also possible to rent a car or if you prefer, take a bus
ride as the locals do!
or 0295/261-6397, or
Gran Cacique Express
or 0295/239-8339 for schedules and fares, which change frequently.
|The Ferry is still considered to be the Island’s
main link to the mainland of Venezuela. The primary ferry station
can be found at Punta de Piedras, on the southern end of
The two primary ferry departure points from the mainland to the
Island are La Guaira (30 minutes from Caracas, on the coast),
Puerto La Cruz,
a few hours east of
Caracas, on the northern coast. The Venezuelan carnaval capital of
Cumaná and the gateway city to the pristine Caribbean beaches
northeast is also served by the ferries.
"You should always call
ahead to confirm times and fares.
I would point out that after dealing with thousands of tourists we
would still recommend that you take one of the 35 minute air
shuttles to Isla Margarita from Caracas, Venezuela - a lot less
hassle, about the same price and much faster."
Dan O'Brien operates
the Casatrudel B&B as well as an often updated informational
web site about Venezuela. He offers to answer questions by email in English or
weather. yahoo/ Porlamar
The Carnaval capital of Venezuela is Carapuna directly
across from Porlemar (PMV) on the Caribbean Coast.
can fly you to Carapuna or you can take the ferry as well.
Also on the
coast and near the border of Venezuela is one of South America's
greatest Carnavals in Baranquilla. Simplest route
is through Caracas on the #1 Columbian airline
Savvy travelers know can use wiki airport airline
listings to check for special deals or unexpired low
price seats on connecting flights. Here's some key
airports for Margarita Island.
Simón Bolívar International Airport (CSS)
More than half the flights to [PMV] Margarita Island and over 80% of the
international flights to Venezuela are here. Hard to avoid and often with an
overnight or long wait as well.
the premier gateway between the USA and Latin America
Airport [FLL] The fastest growing airport in
North America - also an important hub for Latin American
airport in Germany, serving as an important hub for international flights
from around the world; condor.com operates a
daily flight between (FRA) - PORLAMAR (PMV) #1 in non-stop
destinagtions 265 non-stop destinations & #3 in traffice
Piarco International Airport [POS]
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
International_Airport (GAIA), (IATA: BGI, ICAO: TBPB) in Seawell, Christ
Church on the island of Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean
Queen Beatrix International Airport [AUA,]
in Oranjestad, Aruba
Airport [BOG] Bogotá, Colombia
Barranquilla, Colombia Airport
Margarita Island-Porlemar Airport reviews-ratings_and_reviews at
"On return, after all the other procedures you are frisked on
the tarmac as you board the plane...even very young children."
August 2005 By A Yahoo!
User from ENGLAND
|Make sure you have a reservation for your
first night on Margarita Island as you might be denied access.
This is because too many people decide to 'sleep rough
Small and you can be overwhelmed by too many drunk package
Venezolano de Industrias Aeronauticas y Servicios Aereos) is
the Venezuelan state-owned airline based in Porlamar on Margarita
Island. In the Caribbean they fly to from Trinidad's
Piarco_International_Airport and Grenada's
St. George's (Point
Salines International Airport) From Caracas they also fly in South
America to Columbia's
Dorado International Airport) and to Spain's
International Airport) They are a good option to check for
new routes as they are expected grow as the flagship international carrier
- Porlamar Bay
- Juan Griego
- Boca Del Rio
- La Restinga
- Laguna Grande
- Boca De Pozo
|"A trusted friend
recommended a the aerotaxi of a charming Frenchman based in
Puerto La Cruz: Jean-Luc Tersin. He flew us in his wonderful
6-seater Cessna 2006 and treated us to a low-flying tour of the
island before landing on the sandy airstrip: an experience I'll
never forget. Jean-Luc charges 200$ per flying hour, which is
the necessary time to get to la Tortuga and back"
|GETTING THERE: Frenchman
Jean-Luc Tersin, based in Puerto La Cruz, flies a 6-seater Airplane to
visit the island for $200. Phone: 281 2635181 - 0416 4827454 Email:
jeanluctersin at hotmail.com
Islas Coche & Cubagua
The entire state of Nueva Esparta is made up of Isla de Margarita and
two much smaller neighboring islands, Isla Coche and Isla
Cubagua. The pearl beds off these two islands were major sources of
wealth during the colonial period. Both islands are popular destinations
for day cruises, which bring folks to their pristine and nearly deserted
Isla Coche has some development and rolling hills. Their 7,000
inhabitants live on the fishing, operation of the salt mines and
tourism. The island offers windsurfing and kitesurfing.
From El Yaque beach you can see Coche Island in the distance. The
wind blows across the salt flats and beach, giving perfect, super-flat
water conditions - it is like sailing in silk. This is generally more
popular with Kitesurfers than Windsurfers.
was the first Spanish settlement in the Americas. Columbus had seen
locals with pearls and very soon a couple of his mates had found that
this island was where the pearls came from - and so they enslaved some
natives and forced them to dive for the oysters using the town of Nueva
Cadiz on the Eastern end of the island as a base. This exploitation
lasted almost 50 years until there was an earthquake and tidal wave on
Christmas Day 1541 destroying the town. It has never recovered.
GETTING THERE: Take a ferry from Punta de Piedras or a
lancha from El Yaque
Kiters Hostel Coche Island
shared rooms with a/c, shared toilets and
room temperature water showers. Our location means it's very
warm all year round!
Los Testigos, La Banquilla and Los Aves
Los Testigos, La Banquilla and Los Aves
are the groups of islands farthest away from the coast. Boat trips
can be arranged to all three from Los Roques and Margarita. These
islands offer world-class snorkeling and challenging deep-sea fishing en
route with plenty of dolphins to lead the way.
Los Testigos, 50 miles east of Margarita, is a group of three
islands with hikes through sand dunes and over rocks to spectacular
views from the lighthouse. The narrow strip of beach at the northernmost
anchorage allows the surf from the windward side to blast through to the
flat calm of the leeward anchorage.
La Blanquilla is about 60 miles north of Margarita and has a tiny
village and coast guard station on its south side. All around the island
are long beaches with colorful live reefs you can swim out to. Every
fish imaginable resides in these waters. Since La Blanquilla is very
remote, the coral is particularly healthy. The island itself is low and
full of cactus with many footpaths. Bird life abounds and it is one of
the few places in the world where you might spot a burrowing owl.
Los Aves is only for the most adventurous. Lying about 30 miles
west of Los Roques, there is no coast guard station and no village, but
the snorkeling is some of the best in the anywhere.
We offer special day trip to Los Roques
National Marine Park. This is a once in a lifetime experience!
Fly over in the morning, sail all day amongst beautiful pristine
islands, then return by plane to El Yaque in the evening. For
those that would really like to explore this pristine part of
the world, we do offer accommodations here as well.
Optional excursions to Coche Island:
Once a week we organize a day trip to Coche for fantastic flat
water speed sailing.
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