El Yaque Kitesurfing Holiday and Travel Guide

El Yaque

Venezuela

Why Visit?

Venezuela at the moment is probably one of the cheapest countries in the world. El Yaque on Margarita Island is one of the best spots for kitesurfing in the world as it’s windy almost all year round. You will find a vast range of riding conditions. Isla de Coche is located between Margarita and the mainland. You can do a downwinder 15km from Margarita to Coche or take a 20min boat ride. Coche is perfect for Freestyle kiting as the water is butter flat. El Yaque and Coche both have lifeguards on the beach. Unlike other spots in the world, in Venezuela, you won’t find a crowded kite spot at the moment.

Wind and Weather

The best wind season with almost everyday guaranteed wind is February till June. July is good most of the time. From October until January it’s also windy, but there can be a few days without wind during the week. It also rains in between but a lot less than all the other Caribbean Islands. Temperature is always between 24C-30C.

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Getting Around

I don’t recommend renting a car. It’s better to get a local driver. Streets often have no names and it can get pretty confusing, and you can get lost easily. Ask the kite school for a recommendation of a driver. There are lots of things to see on the island so it’s worth it. I recommend the National Park La Restinga. You can take a beautiful boat ride through the mangrove-covered canals there and have lunch at La Restinga Beach. I also recommend a hike in the mountains, visit one of the other 30 beaches on Margarita Island, and watch the sunset at the “Fortin La Galera” in Juan Griego.

Getting There

Isla de Margarita (Margarita Island) lies in the Caribbean Sea about 40 kilometres north of the mainland. Since 2010 there are no direct international flights to Isla Margarita anymore. You have to fly to Caracas Airport. The airport lies in Maiquetia, 30km outside of Caracas. The airport is safe as long as you stay inside. Follow the signs for connecting national flights. From the national terminal, there are plenty of airlines that fly to Isla de Margarita (Airport Code is PMV – Porlamar). It’s best to contact a kite school or local agency to help you book your national flight.

Airlines: http://www.laser.com.ve, http://www.conviasa.aero, http://www.aeropostal.com, http://www.asercaairlines.com

Food and Drink

The best restaurant in El Yaque is Sharks. They also have excellent drinks. Try the Barfly; it’s a passion fruit Caipirinha. There is also an Italian place in the main street in El Yaque. The pizza is ok but they have fresh gnocchi and pasta, and they make a magnificent Carpaccio. Deliras Food at the El Yaque Plaza makes great lunch. They have fresh juices, and their salads and burgers are splendid. If you like Sushi, I highly recommend eating at UMI Sushi in Porlamar (40min drive from El Yaque). The sushi there is cheap and amazing. So are the drinks.

Nightlife

The only late nightlife place in El Yaque is the Beach Bar. People usually have a drink before somewhere else (I recommend Sharks) and then party at Beach Bar. If you are adventurous, you can go out in Porlamar. My favourite place is Aartefatto (right next UMI Sushi). It starts around 11pm. They often have life bands or a DJ. It’s pretty laid back and depending on the day it’s either Rock, Reggae or electronic music. Other places in Porlamar are Green Martini, Ugly Tuna, Bora Bora.

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Surfing is also very popular. Best beaches are Playa Parguito and Playa Guacuco. You can also go Horse-riding (Macanao Peninsula), hike in the mountains, diving, snorkeling, take boat trips to other islands like Coche, Los Frailes, Cubagua, go shopping in Porlamar, SUP, Yoga, Mountain Biking.

Internet

Most posadas and hotels have decent internet.

Accommodation

Casa Viva
La Salamandra
The Winds
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Venezuelan bolívar (VEF)
Language
Spanish
Population
31,028,700
Capital
Caracas
Time Zone
UTC-04:00

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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in El Yaque?

El Yaque is the most popular spot as it’s almost always windy. The wind is side-shore. It can get gusty in the afternoon. February to April are the windiest months and the best wind conditions are early morning or late afternoon.

  • Wind: Side-shore
  • Waves: No, but choppy
  • Shorebreak: No

Coche is a dream for Freestylers or Beginners as the water is butterflat. Wind picks up around 10am. Sunset sessions are the best as kiters who come for the day from El Yaque leave around 4pm to take the boat back and you sometimes have the spot for yourself. The kiteschool has a rescue boat which makes it a safe spot for beginners even though the wind is offshore. Kite size is usually one size less than in El Yaque.

  • Wind: Off-shore
  • Waves: No
  • Shorebreak: No

La Restinga is a a wave spot. The waves a not huge so it’s a fun beach to practice on a surfboard. The beach has shells so be carefull rigging up your kites.

  • Wind: On-shore
  • Waves: Yes
  • Shorebreak: Yes

Araya is very similar to Coche. Butterflat water. The water temperature is colder. In February/March you often meet dolphins while kiting. Araya can be reached by boat from El Yaque in about 1.5-2 hours. The best way is to organize a group with 10 people through the local kite school in El Yaque. Araya is a very simple town. So don’t expect luxury. I recommend a 2 day trip from El Yaque.

  • Wind: Off-shore
  • Waves: No
  • Shorebreak: No

When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in El Yaque?

The windy months to go kitesurfing in El Yaque are January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December

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Venezuela

Currency
Venezuelan bolívar (VEF)
Language
Spanish
Population
31,028,700
Capital
Caracas
Time Zone
UTC-04:00

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