Margarita is a truly beautiful and unique island situated in the southern Carribean, off the coast of Venezuela. The windsurfing hot spot of El Yaque is on the south-east coast, close to the airport. This place should not just be renowned as a freestyle mecca, but as a great holiday destination offering world class windsurfing conditions and an array of other varied and interesting attractions.
How To Get There
I travelled courtesy of Club Margarita on their package trip which includes flights, bed and breakfast accomodation, airport transfers, instruction and kit hire. I flew with First Choice Airways who fly direct from London to Porlamar. Flight time is around 9 hours and once at the airport I was met by a representative from Club Margarita who accompanied me on a 10 minute car ride to the resort at El Yaque.
Their centre is open from the beginning of November through to March /April. Prices range between £1000 and £1400 for a 14 night stay (that’s approximately 1400-2000 euro). The cheapest time to go is at the beginning of the season in November.
Go to clubvass.com for more info or phone 01920 484121.
Update: Unfortunately, Club Vass no longer operates in Margarita, contact Sportif (linkwww.sportif.travel) for accommodation, flights and rental and tuition bookings. Tel 01273 844919.
Windsurf Centres & Hotels
As well as Club Margarita, there is Club Mistral and Vela Margarita. Most windsurfers book through an agent like Sportif who then organise kit hire & instruction but you can take your own kit & book direct with the hotels if you wish.
Hotels on the beach:
Hotels within metres of the beach:
Isle de Coche: Hotel Coche Paradise is 8km offshore of El Yaque. It’s not as windy as El Yaque so most sailors tend to stay on the island for just a few days to experience the pancake flat water due to the wind being offshore. You and your kit go by boat from the harbour in El Yaque. Some El Yaque hotels & windsurf centres have a deal with the Hotel Coche so you can stay on the island and take their kit with you. Definitely worth a visit for a few days of peace & quiet and flat water!
Finally, don’t even think about sailing over there from El Yaque. If the sharks don’t get you, the windsurf instructors will!