Playa Manzanillo

Playa Manzanillo, Margarita Island: Address, Playa Manzanillo Reviews: 4/5

Playa Manzanillo
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Playa el Agua, Venezuela6 contributions
Nov 2012 • Family
My wife, three-year old daughter and I have just had one of the best days at the beach. We are currently staying near Playa El Agua, which has a pretty strong surf, not really ideal for my daughter. We have been checking some of the beaches in the area and found that those to the west of the north point of Margarita island are much more suitable not only for our small child but also for us.

Arriving by taxi (fifty bolivars from Playa El Agua) in the late morning we were dropped off just meters from the north end of the beach. As is typical (so far) at the smaller beaches on the island we were quickly met by someone offering lounge chairs in front of their restaurant. We checked their price and as we have learned to do, thanked the man and said we would take a walk before making a decision. So off we went.

The beach (about a quarter of a mile in length) like many others we have seen here was slightly rounded with rocky hills at each end. There were many small fishing boats swaying on the gentle waves, there were a few near or on the north end of the beach, some in for repairs. A handful of restaurants with shaded lounge chairs stood about twenty to thirty yards from the sea. Palms or coconut trees (excuse my ignorance in regards to types of trees) shaded the beach near the open dining areas. Only a few people were on the beach when we arrived.

The beach itself sloped slightly down from the restaurants out to a few meters from the sea where it took a steeper angle down. The waves, which were not very big broke right at the shore. The sand was rather light grey but very soft and crab holes could be noticed here or there as we walked. One crab later proved to be a point of entertainment for our daughter.

We checked the menus and prices for lounge chairs from 3 of the restaurants and chose to spend the day in front of the Blue Marlin restaurant which was about halfway down the beach. The prices were reasonable and they had the metal framed open tent set ups over 2 lounge chairs, a plastic dining table with upright chairs. We quickly attached our small backpacks to the chairs (prevention against any grab and run experts, which wasn't necessary here) I went for the water to see how suitable it would be for my daughter to play. The water gets deep fairly quick but it was still possible to stand about ten yards out. The water was quite warm, the surf was mostly nothing more than small swells which broke just at the beach itself. Later we noticed that the north end seemed a bit more suitable for small children, but this was just fine and we were really pleased with it. No rocks, a few shells, the water seemed clean, perfect for swimming.

We had a really nice day, we weren't worried about our things wandering off and could really relax. Only a few beach vendors came by offering necklaces or carvings. The mixed seafood for two was very good, as well as the chicken nuggets (real ones) and lime frappes. The restaurant owner's son Nelson (an English substitute for his real name that I didn't understand) served us throughout the day and was prompt and friendly. Our total bill for the day was about 350 bolivars (at the current unofficial exchange rate that would be around 30 dollars).

As the day progressed more people arrived, some foreigners, some Venezuelan tourists, and some local children who were having a great time and were quite pleased to pose for a few photos. The sinking sun in the late afternoon made the place even more picturesque and was a good excuse to get out my camera one more time before leaving.

I am not an expert on Margarita island, today marks the end of our second week here, so I don't know if it is the best the island has to offer, but all in all it was a really pleasant day and we will be there again soon.

One word of warning: Our venezuelan mobile phone could hardly get reception there, I did make connection long enough for the taxi driver who took us there to get my call and he just came to pick us up because he saw I tried to call him. I suppose it wouldn't have been a problem to get a taxi anyway, but I am not sure.
Written November 10, 2012
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New York City, NY76 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
Beautiful clear water with a nice view. It's also not as popular as other beaches so therefore there are less people and less things to do.
Written December 17, 2016
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London, UK47 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
nice beach, it was quiet lat december. Very clean and clear water. worth the drive from porlamar. Reccommended
Written February 22, 2016
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Caracas, Venezuela261 contributions
Jan 2016
if you want to stay away from the "cool" beaches, this is your best option. Beautifil, with all services you´ll need, and quiet. There´s a new restaurant operated by a german guy, which looks promising
Written January 11, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
This one seems to be the base for some local fishing operations. Still an attractive beach though and popular with families with young children.
Written September 23, 2014
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Porlamar, Venezuela57 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
You do not come here for swimming, this is the coldest beach on the island... not much to walk on the beach either, but during the week it is very calm and you are not bothered by too many loud locals like in most other popular beaches...
Written March 11, 2014
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