Resort Guide: El Yaque, Margarita, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

What’s a typical day with Club Margarita?

Once you have recovered from jet lag, a typical day will involve a lazy and big breakfast served from about 7.45 - 10am followed by a 20 second stroll down to the centre.

The centre opens around 9.30am and the centre manager, Benny, can be found in the office, pen and white board in hand setting out the day's conditions and coaching.

Kit and instruction: The centre boasts an impressive collection of 2006 Fanatic boards and Gaastra sails. With the boards there is everything from the beginner variety through to freeride, the freestyle skates, freestyle/wave to full on wave boards. You really are spoilt for choice at the amount of new and good kit on offer. The same can also be said of the quiver of sails which go from 4m to 8m.

The instructors at the centre (Benny, Colin and Ollie) are all level 5 qualified and also awesome sailors and have the expertise to teach any level. Instruction takes the form of 2 hours a day / 6 days per week which includes on and off water coaching and video feedback.

Taking advantage of the coaching and windsurfing you then have all day to enjoy the conditions until the centre closes at 5.30pm . This coincides conveniently with happy hour which opens at the bar next to the centre (and in fact every bar on the beach) from 5 – 7pm where you can get any number of cocktails for less than a pound and where the beer is even cheaper! I would however add a word of warning that the booze out here is comparatively stronger than its English equivalent so pace yourself and remember to eat if you want to last the duration! (Ashamedly on my first day I was witnessed staggering back to my hotel at 7.30pm after one to many mohitos!). Dinner is then available in any number of restaurants followed by more drinking and dancing at either Gabi’s, Havanna or Los Piratas until the very early hours – which seems a good point to segue into a review of the Nightlife out here…

Nightlife & Restaurants

The nightlife can be as low key or loco as you choose to make it. Most evenings throughout your stay Club Margarita organises social events with the team of instructors which can mean meeting for drinks, dinner or any other number of activities. Should you wish for a quiet night there are plenty of good restaurants which serve a variety of cuisine, including latino and Caribbean flavour food. As regards price you can generally eat out for between £5 and £10 depending on your food of choice. For the budget windsurfer (which includes myself) I often ate at Gerry’s restaurant where I could have cheap pasta and generous Cuba Libras for £5 a night! Another good option is Gabbi’s Grill which has a barbeque every night with fresh fish and meat.

After eating, as mentioned, above there are numerous drinking dens and even a pole to try out your sexy dancing at Havannas if you’re drunk or brave enough!

Non-windsurfing alternatives

Should you get fed up with windsurfing (?!?) or the wind is light on a particular day there are plenty of activities and attractions to keep you busy.

Have a go at kitesurfing with Margarita Xtreme. This club is run in conjunction with Club Margarita by the very cool and funny Murray Sampson who boasts a 100% success guarantee rate! Murray heads a highly qualified and experienced team of instructors with a variety of packages at reasonable rates.

Alternatively, there is surfing, diving and snorkelling, quad biking, horse riding, and go-kiting amongst other things which will all keep you occupied!

And for the explorer there is also a variety of unique trips which again are organised through Club Margarita. This includes everything from visiting Isla de Coche, through rain forests and Angel Falls, all in all pretty spectacular. Admittedly on my visit I didn’t do any of these things as I was there to windsurf but the options are always available.