Thanks Camaraderie - even when including the self-same report from Mustang Sally, these reports make clear that I have been attempting to provide an accurate picture of trouble spots for cruisers in Venezuela, while fighting off innaccuracies and attempts to label an entire country the same way. It is clear that there were not four murders on Isla Margarita, nor any of Venezuela's offshore
islands during the summer of 2008 as was alleged. In fact there were none.
The two tragic murders during 2008 were in mid-November, 2008 at Isla Borracha off Puerto Cruz - an area that I and Anglooff have already suggested should be avoided; and, from mid September off the mainland - ditto.
The areas on Isla Margarita where violent attacks occurred are also anchorages
I have specified as having serious safety
concerns - Porlamar and Robledal.
All of this was done to provide some anchorage-specific information, acknowleding that problem areas exist in Venezuela. I would urge people to go directly to Noonsite (to which I had already referred) - in the commentary section you will find others who take issue with the assessment, now repeated, by the crew of Mustang Sally. I would also suggest that you read some blogs from people (Cruising to Calm) who found cruising Venezuela's offshore
islands to be the best part of their extended Caribbean cruise
and can't wait to return:
Ben's Birthday | Cruising to Calm
No, I am wasting my time. Those like Cheehako who have no doubt spent substantial time there would prefer using a wide brush to describe all of Venezuela in the same way - you know, as a 'Rogue' nation.
Anglooff's suggestion that the thread focus on anchorage/harbour specific posts, rather than a generic trashing of a nation (and my and his earlier efforts at pointing out areas that are both safe and
unsafe) are clearly also a waste of time. So here is an analysis that expresses an opinion based upon a depth
of analysis that the unsilent minority here should appreciate: Venezuela - BAD. Chavez - BAD. ALL BAD. VERY BAD. I am sure that you will find it both helpful and informative.