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Submitted on Apr 05, 2020 Useful Info

How to get to Isla Margarita?

Isla Margarita offers a relaxed and peaceful time you are looking for. The island with soft white sandy beaches, crystal blue water, and beautiful natural beauty is located just a few steps away in the quiet corner of the Caribbean sea.

The best time to travel to Margarita is from late February to late March (driest months), occasional showers can occur during the night, but no hurricanes or storms as it sits outside the hurricane-belt.

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How to get there.

By Air

Several international airlines and dozens of charter carriers used to offer flights to Margarita's Aeropuerto Internacional del Caribe Santiago Mariño (PMV) from the largest European and US cities.

  • Currently (2020), because of the economical and political situation in Venezuela, getting to Margarita Island can take a little more effort. With no direct flights from North America and Europe, Margarita Island has become hard-to-get-to.

To get to the island, you must first fly to Caracas, Barcelona or Valencia, in Venezuela; Bogota, Cali or Medellin in Colombia, and from there take a direct flight to Porlamar on Margarita Island.

Porlamar is serviced mostly by the Venezuelan airlines (Avior or Estelar).


By boat

One of Margarita's main transportation links to the mainland is the ferry service. Tourists, locals, cars, buses, and much of the island's goods and stock travel by sea. Although it is a way more time-wasting and to be honest not much cheaper.

  • The main ferry terminal is at Punta de Piedras on the southern end of the island.

The main departure points for ferries to Margarita are

  • Puerto La Cruz and
  • Cumaná on the northern coast of Venezuela several hour drives east of Caracas. Many state buses daily connect Caracas to both Puerto La Cruz and Cumaná.

The bus trip takes approx 5 hours from Caracas to Puerto La Cruz, and 7 to 8 hours to Cumaná.

You need to get to -

  • Terminal Oriente, Caracas

There are two types of ferries running from Puerto La Cruz and Cumaná:

  • the older regular ferries, which take between 3-4 hours one way, and
  • the newer "express" ferries, which take around 2 hours one way.

Ferry schedules change all the time and you need to be flexible - it leaves when it leaves.


  • On weekends and during high season you need to pre-book your ferry ticket. The prices depend on the passenger class and ferry boat speed.