We currently live near Kingston, Ontario
- by the Thousand Islands at the mouth of the St.Lawrence River/Lake Ontario
. And Margarita Island is about 30 miles off the coast of Venezuela, just north of Tobago
and a couple of hundred miles south of Bonaire
. Great place to be during hurricane
season as the only hurricane in recorded history
was some 80 years ago.
The entire island is duty free, so it is also excellent for provisioning
. Since the price
is subsidized by the Venezuelan Government
is cheaper than anywhere on the planet - currently under 4 cents a litre. No, that is not a misprint! There is excellent and inexpensive health care
and a burgeoning yacht repair industry that takes advantage of the very low labour costs (about $12.00 USD a day for skilled labour).
The island has more beaches than any other island in the caribbean and a huge national park (Restinga) with a beautiful mangrove lined bay for anchoring
and a large full service
marina. Crime is much lower than mainland Venezuela (and many other areas in the Caribbean) and yachties are most definitely welcome. In fact, in the harbour off the capital of Porlamar, a local has set up a wifi
network for anchoring
yachts at reasonable daily/weekly/monthly rates. There is absolutely no industry on the island (except for the production of clay tiles) and hence no pollution; even the electricity is brought over from the mainland by submarine cable. It also now has an international airport
, 2 universities and a shopping
mall with over 200 stores.
Within 50 miles there are a number of small, unihabited islands with decent shelter and gorgeous beaches and the fishing
throughout the area is fantastic. It is definitely worth a try, as a number of recent articles in North American sailing publications have pointed out. In fact, last January's edition of Cruising World magazine had an article on sailing the islands off the coast of Venezuela and the American authors referred to it as their favorite cruising grounds in the entire Caribbean.
Anyway, we are hugely looking forward to the relocation and opportunity to explore the area in our cat during down times.
Brad and Jane