SettingSail - I see you checked the others on Noonsite. The other marinas
are generally less expensive than Bahia Redonda - with the exception of MARIMARES - that has been the most expensive - nice hotel
type facilities. PMO, Vespuci, seem to have more of the Euro sailors - not big on amenities - all of the above dockage is Med style with ownships tackle out in the channel - (they will foul badly and quickly...) Bahia is all side tie or stern to with side docks. There is one further up-channel from PMO with a travel lift
and good workmen - just can't remember the name.
Things to bring to VE that aren't listed in the guide books
are: a copy of the dinghy
bill of sale
, a copy of your outboard
bill of sale
, and a "dingy driving licence." The canals are heavily patrolled and the Guardia can be very particular on any given day. You must carry this documentation
when underway via dinghy
- of course, life jackets and a signal device (whistle...) Sometimes the canals are closed to traffic. Enforcement seems to be more strict around holidays - $$$ to bail out the dinghy which will be held by the Guardia personnel.
There is a rundown facility to the East about 30miles - Marina Cumangota located in the city of Cumana. Much cheaper than PLC and "Tony" will greet you and take care of all your paperwork for a reasonable price
. Just farther away from a useful airport
for your travel.