El Guamache (Margarita Island) Port of Call
Cerro Autana, Venezuela © Fernando Flores
Located in the Caribbean, just north of Venezuela, El Guamache serves as a port to the Isla de Margarita (Margarita Island). Originally lured to the island by the giant pearls off its coast, tourists now visit Margarita Island to enjoy its gorgeous beaches, friendly culture and exotic goods.
At the port there is a small booth with tour operators and information, as well as some vendors selling souvenirs. Cruise passengers can rent jet skis at the port, as well as paddle boats and banana boats. There are no attractions within walking distance of the port and a car or taxi will need to be rented to explore the island. Drinks and snacks are available from a number of bars. From El Guamache, the nearest town is Porlamar.
Isla Margarita Tourist Office: +58 295 262 1333
There are taxis available from the port, and a few tour operators offer tours to the island's main attractions.
There are some great beaches to visit in the areas round Porlamar, particularly Playa El Agua. After relaxing on the beach, shopping is the prime attraction of Margarita Island. At the port, La Punta Commercial Boulevard has an array of exotic souvenirs and tasty foods on offer to passengers. Nearby, Porlamar's famous avenues of Santiago Mariño and 4 de Mayo offer fine colonial architecture and elegant shops.
El Rancho De Pablo - excellent seafood with outstanding views
Dolphin - Italian food served in an unbeatable atmosphere
El Mercado De Conejeros - arguably some of the finest local cuisine available on the island
Arepas (fried or baked corn pancakes)
Shopping is a very popular activity in Porlamar. La Punta Boulevard, at the port, is a long promenade with vendors offering an array of local crafts and souvenirs, including hand-painted pottery, pearl and shell jewellery, woven baskets and stone figurines. The Santiago Mariño and 4 de Mayo avenues in Porlamar have top-end boutiques, while the Sambil Margarita shopping mall has a variety of trendy retail outlets.
Handmade cigars and local chocolate on La Punta Boulevard
Go swimming with the dolphins (tours available at the port)
Discover the lush and exotic flora and fauna of Parque Nacional Laguna de la Restinga
Take a jeep safari to the more remote areas of the island
Visit La Galera, an historic Spanish colonial fort
Go windsurfing at world-famous Playa El Yaque