Los Roques Beaches

Última actualización: Martes, 28 Julio 2015 Escrito por Bruno Berroteran


THE Los Roques



In order to protect the ecosystems in the archipelago of Los Roques and establish a rational and limited natural resources, the Venezuelan government declared it a National Park on August 8, 1972. at the same time be provided and tribute to the centennial of the creation of the world's first National Park, Yellowstone, United States.

In considering the largest marine park in Latin America, with an extension of 36 km and 26.6 km north-south. Consisting of 42 keys (islands formed by coral reefs), is located 176 km north north of the city of Caracas, about 160 of La Guaira.

Undoubtedly Los Roques is one of the most beautiful natural areas of Venezuela. Birds abound: more than 92 species are available in the archipelago, 50 of which are migratory in North America.

The mangrove vegetation is red, white, black, buttonwood fish, purslane, and burdock saladillo boleo. While the park does not exist variety of terrestrial, but some are as exotic as the tree iguanas and lizards. The reefs are the main ecosystem with a great marine diversity which abounds in many varieties of fish and corals (the park owns 98% of coral species in the world), including sea fans, brain coral and fire coral. Also the lobster (which can only be caught from November to April) and botutos (currently closed) find an ideal habitat in Los Roques, main lobster production in the country. All these data confirm the enormous wealth that holds the waters of this archipelago, which Christopher Columbus described as "heaven on earth."


The archipelago of Los Roques is comprised of more than 300 sand banks and numerous reefs and coral reefs in clear turquoise waters. They have a management plan and regulations according to which applications are divided into seven zones: the recreation of managed natural environment, the primitive marine, comprehensive protection of historical, cultural, archaeological and paleontological heritage of services, and special use. Some of them are for tourism and related activities, other uses are restricted and to visit a special permit is required INPARQUES, this in order to protect the fauna and flora.

The beaches of Los Roques are places of dreams, where the waters warm and clear through multiple shades of blue, from almost white on the shore to the very dark in the deep sea change that is possible to see even from short distances (100 th 200 meters .) All the islands are barren, white sand generally devoid of vegetation due to both high temperatures, which average 28 ° C, as the low annual rainfall (the occasional rains occur during a short season matches September to January). Some cays have tourist facilities such as restaurants, health and schools of windsurfing and kiteboarding. Although the actual size of the islets regulates the volume of tourists that can accept each of them, closer to the coast are undoubtedly the favorites of vacationers, so far recommend if you are looking for absolute peace and loneliness.

Here are the most visited cays called playground.


Here are grouped three keys: Francisquí Up, Down Francisquí Middle Francisquí are the most visited due to its proximity to Gran Roque, just 10 minutes by boat. Its main attractions are the beautiful white sand beaches, particularly the Middle Francisquí south where the sea is flat calm. East of this island group is the swimming pool, a natural lake of about 6 meters deep with sandy bottom, ideal for snorkeling. The three islands form a peaceful turquoise lagoon is a great place for the anchoring of boats and yachts. Middle Francisquí has a pleasant restaurant offers fish, octopus and lobster.



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Located about five minutes southeast of Gran Roque, Madrizqui is one of the few keys that have private houses built before the archipelago was declared a national park. On its west side is a beautiful area with warm water and calm. A bank of sand between Madrizqui and fell walking Pirate allowed to pass from one island to another. Between November and April fell Plata receives the fishermen who come mainly from Margarita to the lobster fishing season, at the time, every Thursday at noon you can see fish and shellfish shipping.


25 minutes from Gran Roque are the three islands Noroquises usually very lonely. Noronquí Up, which has the advantage of the wreck of a sunken warship; Noronquí del Medio, the longest, and Noronquí Down, with the camp Gazebo, shelter teak Roquevé belonging to the inn. When guests of the inn are not on the beach you can enjoy these facilities.


This island of about 20 minutes from Gran Roque, has the largest formation of mollusk called queen conch throughout the Caribbean. In its beautiful beach, which stretches across the west side of cay find catering services and rental of kayaks and windsurfing. It is possible to camp on the key with permission of INPARQUES.


To go to the beautiful beaches of the cays that make up this area of restricted and therefore limited number of visitors, you need a permit to INPARQUES, which is issued free of charge at the offices of the institution in Great Roque. The following are some of the islands most important primitive marine area.


Located 30 minutes from Gran Roque, this large cay offered as a beautiful lake level peculiarities found in the north of the island and where you can snorkel. It has a small restaurant.

Water Cay

Located just 50 minutes from Gran Roque, is without doubt the most beautiful of the archipelago fell. It is a lonely island, dominated by the lighthouse west of Punta de Cocos, with beaches, restful dreams. It has no tourist infrastructure.

Two Mosquises

These two keys Mosquises North, the more lonely and without infrastructure, and Two Mosquises South. The latter is the Marine Biological Station, part of the Civil Científica Los Roques, where they do a captive breeding of four species of turtles that inhabit the archipelago: cactus turtle, hawksbill, loggerhead and green. His program also focuses on education, with the aim of raising new generations about the danger of extinction of species. This island is likewise a ranger station, a few bungalows for use by members of the Foundation and a private runway is also owned by the Foundation. Although South Mosquises Two has a quiet, sandy beach, in general the visits are related to the Marine Biological Station.


On the main island of the archipelago, with 3.5 km long and 1 km wide. It has a picturesque town of colorful houses and a runway. Unlike the other islands, Gran Roque is not full, its highest point, 110 m, is marked by an old Dutch lighthouse from which a superb view over the archipelago. In Los Roques are not big chains, but Gran Roque gives you everything you need to enjoy the park and lodging: more than 60 of the beautiful homes on this island has been converted into inns without losing its rustic particular, cover a wide range of possibilities in terms of types of services and prices. The simplest are the Posadas Los Roques, family houses where visitors are received with love and care. Then there is a good choice of inns standard level and higher. In general the service provided are excellent and complete. It is also possible to rent a beautiful cabin on a sailboat, an option reserved for adventurers willing to pay as much as one of the better hotels. Some keys provide the opportunity to camp, in this case is essential to have the authorization to Inparques.