Laguna de la Restinga

Laguna de la Restinga, Margarita Island: Address, Laguna de la Restinga Reviews: 4.5/5

Laguna de la Restinga
4.5
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Visit this natural lagoon in La Restinga National Park, which lies on the isthmus that adjoins the Macanao Peninsula to East Margarita and features canals lined with mangrove trees.
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Dmitru
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia23 contributions
Aug 2012 • Friends
As other reviewers have pointed out, the boat tour is fantastic. We encountered beautiful mangroves, pelicans, starfish and seahorses. I would recommend asking the driver to drop you off at the beach for a few hours then pick you up later.

The beach itself is good, but there's a restaurant there serving fresh fish, shrimp, seafood etc. This itself is great (try a plate of garlic fried shrimp with banana chips - delicious) but when walking in you'll notice some girls selling oysters. They will happily serve you a plate of a dozen oysters for $1 at your table - these were some of the freshest and most delicious I've had in years. Since they do not work as part of the restaurant - courtesy is to order at least something light from the restaurant as well. Beers are <$1 and frosty cold!

The beach itself is loaded with deck chairs and is comfortable. I wouldn't count on lifeguards as in Western countries but there were plenty of people swimming when I visited. This is a good place to observe gorgeous Venezuelan women while sipping on an icy cold beer.
Written August 20, 2012
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Steve S
Bognor Regis, UK749 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
get a boat trip out to the mangrove swamp and view the wildlife
coral snakes star fish lots of fish hiding in the mangrove roots and lots of bird life frigate birds and pelicans and much more
nice way to spend a half day out
get a boat with a roof the sun is strong
Written August 13, 2015
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chip60
Hereford, UK607 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
Took a relaxing boat trip. We saw various birds. Also starfish, crabs and seahorse. The views across the lagoon are good too. Good value trip.
Written March 10, 2013
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Trace299
Tobago163 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
It was a wonderful boat ride into the lagoon. Able to see corals, oysters and of course starfish. I enjoyed completely
Written July 24, 2012
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benny p
Copenhagen, Denmark47 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
very nice trip,lot of canals also ok beach outside la resting,very nice laguna,not long way from polarmar,very god place to visit
Written June 2, 2018
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Norma7610
Akersberga, Sweden112 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
This visit was part of a tour through the island, as such it was nice, a short boat trip in the salt lagoon. The water is not clear and you don't see much, some birds and a couple of small red starfishes, we also saw a crab munching on some oysters that grow on the manglares roots and a lot of jellyfish.
Written January 4, 2017
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SnowM_nn
Cincinnati, OH251 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
Arriving, you will already be in a marshy area, while you are getting your stuff together you can pear down in the crystal clear waters & see the water life. star fish, fish, jelly fish, you name it , it could probably be seen.

the boats are covered & open, So you do not have to worry to bad about the direct sun light. the mist of the water is enough to cool you off. & the surrounding mountains will take your breath away.

entering into several different marshes & getting a speech about each, will tell you a story of every thing around the area & history is top notch.

our TOUR stopped 1/2 way through, at the other end of the marsh to an open beach for about 2 hours, where you can drink until your stomachs are full & then eat fresh cooked fish from the locals & snack on shell fish & everything you see.

the WATER here is a bit choppy, but I do like it that way, it was fun to have some waves & this is where i learned the power of water & the crushing waves are something to be respected . & i LOVED it. the entire sand is covered sea shells, that I gratefully collected into an empty beer bottle.

once all done & out guides came back to pick us up, we went around the marsh a little bit more & got a beautiful sunset ride back to the home base.

they were VERY helpful with my disabled father. Every one there was quite nice & always would lend a helpful hand. that is something about the Venezuelan people I will never forget.
Written January 2, 2016
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dringothegringo
Manchester, UK136 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
Probably a tad generous with the four stars but I love pelican demeanour - their gobstopper eyes, their leisurely gravitas, their world weary flapping as they take off.
At La Restinga, you get very close.
Zipping down the charmingly named channels through the mangroves - variations on the Tunnel of Love - your four seater boat will skirt you around the birds' habitat. This morning, all the boys were hanging out in one section, the girls were exchanging tidbits of pelican wisdom in another, all totally I fazed by our intrusion.
The backdrop to La Restinga is glorious - Margarita's mountains - and the boat ride across the lagoon is exhilarating. But do go before 10am or after the heat of the day. Otherwise, the experience might not be quite so rewarding.
Written December 27, 2015
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Jose Luis A
Bogota, Colombia58 contributions
Nov 2014
This is probably the best place to visit when you where at the island.. The fauna and the lake it's so awesome.. Really recommend this place
Written November 27, 2014
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ReneFcoTorres
Caracas, Venezuela34 contributions
May 2014 • Family
Beautiful place of natural life, visit the lagoon is something you have to do, is an encounter with the natural ecosystem of the island of Margarita. You can see all kinds of wildlife while navigating in the mangroves. You need to rent a motor boat. The system is very well organized by local fishermen.
Written August 24, 2014
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