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El Calvario

El Calvario (Calle La Planicie, Caracas) – this park (a.k.a. Parque Ezequiel Zamora) is located in the city center, several avenues west of Catedral de Caracas and Simon Bolivar’s birthplace, and within walking distance of Palacio de Miraflores (the official office of the Venezuelan president). Since it’s on top of a hill, there’s a lengthy, […]

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El Hatillo Jazz Festival

  El Hatillo Jazz Festival (Caracas) – in late October & early November, this Caracas suburb, which is known for its multi-color houses and hilly streets that go as far back as the 16th century, hosts this cultural event, which draws in Venezuelan and international jazz artists.

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Caracas Country Club

Caracas Country Club (Av. Principal del Country Club, Caracas) — located north of the city’s affluent Chacao district and not far from the mountains to the north, this golf club, founded in 1918 with 8,000 members. Landscaped by the Olmstead Brothers, this 18-hole (par 71) course is a green urban oasis that has been listed […]

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Estadio Nueva Esparta

Estadio Nueva Esparta (Av. Fajardo, Porlamar, Margarita Island) – this 16,100 seat stadium hosts mainly baseball games, and acts as the home of the Bravos de Margarita team (which is part of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League). The Caribbean Series, a baseball tournament featuring professional teams from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, and […]

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Bodyboard Pro Festival

Bodyboard Pro Festival (Playa Parguito, Margarita Island) – every September or October, this bodyboarding competition is held by the International Bodyboard Association (IBA) in conjunction with the Venezuelan Surfing Federation (FVS) and the Latin American Association of Bodyboarding (ALB). Both local and international bodyboarders compete in this event.

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Plaza Las Americas Shopping Center II

Centro Comercial Plaza Las Americas II (Av. Principal del Cafetal, Caracas) – this mall (located in the southeastern area of Caracas) has over 200 retailers under its roof (most of which are local brands). Along with such shops, a number of service retailers are here, too – from travel agencies to cell phone providers and […]

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Tamanaco City Commercial Center

Centro Ciudad Comercial Tamanaco (Av. La Estancia e/Calle Ernesto Blohm, Urb. Chuao, Caracas) – located in the Las Mercedes district of Caracas, this shopping center (whose grey exterior makes it look more like a hospital from a distance) has a sizeable number of retailers carrying international and regional brands, such as Aerosoles, BCBG Max Azria, […]

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Sambil Shopping Center

Centro Comercial Sambil (Av. Jóvito Villalba, Pampatar, Margarita Island) — located within the same boulevard on this vacation enclave, this is the largest mall on Margarita Island. Totaling 243 retailers, they include many of the same brands found in their Caracas outlet, the one difference being is that this outlet is located a short drive […]

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Costa Azul Shopping Center

Centro Comercial Costa Azul (Av. Jóvito Villalba, Pampatar, Margarita Island) –since Margarita Island is a tax-free zone, that means prices are around 15% to 20% lower than the rest of Venezuela. For that reason, it’s no surprise that a number of shoppers, including vacationers from other parts of Venezuela, visit this and other shopping centers […]

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Bora Bora Margarita

Bora Bora Margarita (Av. Raul Leoni, Marina del Concorde, Porlamar, Margarita Island) – this is a hot destination for partygoers in Margarita Island. Much of the crowd that goes to Bora Bora are college students. Of course, more mature visitors visit Bora Bora as well. In terms of live entertainment, occasional Latin artists are booked […]