I would agree that there is much danger
sailing along the coast of Venezuela, especially the eastern part.
However we made the same trip last year and stopped in Los Roques and Les Avies which are around 60-70 miles off the coast and are absolutely beautiful. In fact I would say other than Cuba
it is one of my favorite places in the Caribbean
. Hundreds of islands with an absolute maze of reefs
, deserted beaches, wildlife and friendly people when you do actually see anyone else. We would go for days without seeing another boat. I also personally know 5 other boats that have made the trip in the last two years and they will tell you the same. I am unsure the people giving you advice have ever been there but they all seem to want to impart fear on this forum.
Again stay away from the coast but do not miss these beautiful islands.
It will provide you with a nice break and Bonaire
is short sail away.
I do not have the time for debate and people can say and do what they want but do send me a private message if you want any specifics.