Isla Margarita / Venezuela

last updated: 08.01.00

Location

Just off the Venezuelan coast, is the island of Margarita, which has become world renowned for outstanding Windsurfing. It's reliable wind has made it a mecca for recreational windsurfers. This coastal island is consistently windy, predictably inexpensive and culturally exciting - you feel as if you have really left home and descended upon an exotic and diverse Caribbean destination.

Sailing Conditions

The climate is incredible. Durring the day, the cloudless sky is warm and dry. The water consistently hovers around 26° C, but you might want to wear a shorty to avoid the wind-chill factor from the strong, solid trade winds. 

This is a typical trade wind location, with the wind nearly calm in the morning, building like clockwork troughout the course of the day. The peak winds occur between 3 pm and 5.30 p.m. . From mid-December through June, the wind will blow in the 15 knot to 25 knot range most days. The peak month are February and March, where 20 knot to 30 knot winds are the usual fare. 

At El Yaque, where the majority of people sail, the wind is sideshore and you can stand for the first 150 yards from the beach. This is an excellent place to wire your waterstarts or your jibes. Wear booties to avoid any foot injuries ! More advanced sailors can take advantage of the bump & jump conditions of the off-shore waters.

Climate

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Days with Wind over 4 bft. (18 mph) in % 87 93 77 83 93 95 95 87 86 68 80 74
Midday temperatures in °C 29 30 31 31 30 30 29 30 31 31 30 30
Water temperatures in Fahrenheit 26 26 27 28 27 26 26 26 27 28 27 26

 

El Yaque Beach

Great view from the roof of Hotel Atti

Where to stay

Hotel Atti

Newly built and under Swiss management. It is located 250m from the beach on a small hill with a great view over El Yaque. The 22 rooms all have a balcony or terrace , aircondition and private bathrooms.The caribbean style breakfast and dinner are served at the roof restaurant, from where you enjoy the spectacular view of the southcoast of the island.

 

Casa Rita

Perched on a slight rise above town, the Casa Rita offers spectacular view of the ocean. All 20 guest rooms face an inner garden courtyard and are surrounded by lush tropical gardens. All rooms have private balcony, bath with hot shower, air-conditioning, and ceiling fans.

El Yaque Beach Hotel

This hotel is home base for the Vela Windsurf Center and right on the beach just a few steps from the water. It offers deluxe 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with full kitchens and A/C in the bedrooms. Outdoor restaurant with great views of the sailing action, beach bar and on-site store.

Coche Speed Paradise Hotel

The Coche Speed Paradise Hotel is situated on Coche Island, opposite Margarita Island. It can be reached by motorboat from El Yaque in about 30 minutes. It is on La Punta beach, which stretches for 4 kilometers, and the capital, San Pedro, is about 2 km further along the beach. A beautiful bungalow-style complex. The main building contains a reception desk, rustic open-air restaurant and bar, souvenir shop and mini-market. The magnificent garden area boasts a pool with shady palms, paddling pool and deckchairs. There is also a mini-club (4 – 11 years) and children’s playground. 

Windsurf Paradise

The hotel is slightly more simply appointed; it has a pool with sun terrace, restaurant, bar and shop. The jacuzzi on the roof terrace, with its ocean views, is a wonderful way to relax. 

Where to learn

During the course of the the last three years, Vela Margarita has established itself as the best windsurf center on El Yaque Beach! In El Yaque, Vela has the premier location just below the El Yaque Beach hotel with convenient access to the water and the best beachfront in town.

The Club Mistral center is located on the ground floor of the El Yaque Paradise, you have the perfect combination of superb power days and brief spells of relaxation on the huge sundeck or at the beach bar.