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22nd January 2007 06:08 AM
Guest
RE: Need advice - windsurfing margarita

I am from Venezuela and live now in USA thanks to Chaves. I go to Margarita every year or 2. for my opinion the best place to stay is El Yaque Paradise (http://www.hotelyaqueparadise.com), there are several places to go in Venezuela that are spectacular if you have the time try to go to Canaima ( it???s in the middle of the rainforest great waterfalls, wildlife , once in a lifetime trip. Go to this web address for more info: http://www.natoura.com/?OVRAW=venezuela&OVKEY=venezuela&OVMTC=standard.
Also you should try to go to Los Roques , is and archipelago located 100 miles from the coast, great windsurfing ( the same hotel from el Yaque runs a rental place there). Good for family, great snorkeling, fishing, etc. and is safe very small population and most are fishermen and or European tourist. http://www.los-roques.org/

Be careful in Venezuela the crime rate is extremely hi and the government does not care. I am living in the USA thanks to the mess created there by Chaves it a shame he has all the power and resources to fix that beautiful country. Instead he destroys the country, corruption, crime, government burocracy, and many others has gone south exponentially.
22nd January 2007 02:47 AM
Guest
RE: Need advice - windsurfing margarita

Hi there

Thanks for input. This is kind of info I was looking for, your posts (Paul and Thomas) make me reconsider my vacations plan ;-(
I want to avoid situation of really bored family on the beach.
What do you recon for feb-march holidays - good windsurfing and some quality time with family.

regards

Milosz
21st January 2007 06:02 PM
RobSwift
RE: Need advice - windsurfing margarita

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Guest
are political commentaries really necessary ??I know parts of the USA where i can get robbed and kidnapped or shot very quickly, ghetto areas.
So look in you own backyard yankee, you sound like another paraniod ethnocentric american
hugo doenst like bush, so now hugos and his country are all now bad ...
its all rather sad really, but hey dont hate hugo too much, he hasnt stopped selling oil to the USA yet !! and yes the US gets alot of oil from him!!
If I sent people into various neighborhoods of Boston or N.Y. at night, I'ld give them some warning. It's not really politics, but rather just good advice.
20th January 2007 04:36 AM
Guest
RE: RE: Need advice - windsurfing margarita

Milkosz,

My advice - go to a good hotel in Egypt, where you will find more alternatives for your wife and kid to spend free time. Go to Dahab etc.. You will spend a similar amount of time on the water despite worse wind statistics, as in Margarita your wife will be bored to death and will not let you windsurf.

In Margarita, you will therefore be visiting every second day the mentioned Aquarium with your wife and kid instead of windsurfing.

Thomas
19th January 2007 01:00 AM
Guest
RE: Need advice - windsurfing margarita

They have a marine museum / aquarium on the island that could be fun for kids, but it's not in El Yaque. Your wife and kids could take a taxi there or something while you windsurf.

When I was in El Yaque, there were lots of kids of all ages and nationalities playing on the beach and swimming in the shallow water near shore. So if your kids like to play on beach they should be pretty happy.
19th January 2007 12:39 AM
Guest
RE: El yaque for family

I have been there 12 times. Haven't seen many children (between 2 and 10 years).

In El Yaque there is not much to do for non-windsurfing family, except perhaps play in the sand / pool. There are no playgrounds, entertainment teams or something like that. El Yaque is very small. The sun is burning strong, so protect your children. Hotels are simple and small. Most hotels have (small) pools; there is no supervision.

Perhaps a better place to go to with your windsurfing buddies.

Paul
Netherlands
12th January 2007 10:43 PM
Guest
RE: Need advice - windsurfing margarita

Hi

Thanks for info guys.
I was looking more into: if there is sth to do in el yaque apart windsurfing ? Meaning especially for my non-windsurfing wife and 2,5 year kid. If anybody's been there with families ?

Regards

Milosz
11th January 2007 10:07 PM
Guest
RE: Need advice - windsurfing margarita

james sorry i blasted you my bad, and kudos to you for setting the right tone , there just so much negetive these days , and here i am being kinda negetive as well.
i have not been to venezula so i guess ill take you points as you have been there.
i ahve been to the dom rep and i guess other than not having any oil its just as bad government wise ... a kind of general anarchy exists in places there socially lets just hope the "haiti aspect doesnt spill over.
i guess the anti bush guys like chavez do get kudos just because they are anti bush...
and that in itself isnt a reason to like chavez.

11th January 2007 11:34 AM
James
RE: Need advice - windsurfing margarita

Oops, sorry. I didn't mean to sound so negative about Venezuela. It really is a great place. And yes, the USA can be dangerous, too.

I'm not against Chavez because he doesn't like Bush. I don't like Bush either! I just worry that the anti-Bush propaganda and scapegoating that Chavez puts out might create some anti-american attitudes that could make Venezuela a less safe place to be as a tourist. Though most people I met in Venezuela were friendly, there were some signs that not everybody loved us, i.e.

http://public.fotki.com/windjames/venezuela06/welcomesign.html

Before I went to Venezuela, I actually thought Chavez might be a cool guy because he is the first leader of Venezuela who has ever tried to appeal to the poor people and make things better for them. But everyone I spoke with in the country said that despite Chavez' big talk about socialism, he wasn't helping the poor so much as he was just helping himself to ever more power. And in the meantime crime and corruption were getting a lot worse. Everyone I met had stories about being robbed, sometimes that very same day, and many of them had also been kidnapped or carjacked. Just last week some of my parents' friends were hiking in the jungle near Caracas when they were robbed at gunpoint and tied to trees in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately one guy (a surfer) was able to wiggle out of the ropes and untie the others so they didn't die of starvation or get eaten by ants.

So while no place is perfectly safe, I think it's fair to say that one ought to exercise a little extra caution these days in Venezuela.
11th January 2007 09:02 AM
Guest
RE: HUGO ??

are political commentaries really necessary ??I know parts of the USA where i can get robbed and kidnapped or shot very quickly, ghetto areas.
So look in you own backyard yankee, you sound like another paraniod ethnocentric american
hugo doenst like bush, so now hugos and his country are all now bad ...
its all rather sad really, but hey dont hate hugo too much, he hasnt stopped selling oil to the USA yet !! and yes the US gets alot of oil from him!!
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