Playa Parguito — this popular beach is located on the northeastern part of the island. Like Playa El Yaque, aside from swimming, visitors here also engage in water sporting activities – from windsurfing to bodyboarding. In fact, a major bodyboarding competition, ISA World Bodyboard Championship, has been held here every October since 2012. According to numerous water sporting enthusiasts, receives direct swells from the Atlantic Ocean, with waves that can reach 6 feet, averaging in the of 3-4 feet range throughout the year.
Playa El Yaque – this beach is located on the south side of the island. It is not as busy as Playa El Agua (for example) and the waters are calm (suitable for families with children). This beach also has hotels, restaurants and other amenities close by Because of the prevailing winds in this part of the island, windsurfing and kite boarding are among the activities that visitors engage in here.
Parque de Attracciones Diverland (near Porlamar) – for families vacationing in Margarita, this amusement park is a “must see” destination. A few minutes from Porlamar, occupying a few acres of land, the park’s large size makes it easy to notice from the road. Among its attractions are the “killer loop” roller coaster ride, bumper cars, bumper boats, wall climbing, trampolines, go karts, a haunted house, and other rides. Admission: Bs. 130 (adults over 35 years old), Bs. 250 (children ages 2-17 & adults ages 18-34), free admission to seniors over 65 years old. Hours: 10 am – 11 pm. See its website for more details: www.parquediverland.com.ve
Playa Guacuco – this is considered one of the better beaches at Margarita Island (not far from Pampatar and Porlamar). It isn’t as big a beach as El Agua or Parguito, but is less crowded, and has lots of tree cover. Even though the waves here are not as strong as elsewhere, some surfers and water sport enthusiasts still come here, too.
Playa El Agua – this is a popular beach at the northeast part of Margarita Island. It’s long, has lots of sand, with restaurants and other amenities (beach chairs, umbrellas, etc.), as well as areas to play seaside sports like volleyball. Swimmers should keep in mind that since this beach faces the Atlantic Ocean, the waters can get rough.
Playa Caribe (Juan Griego) – this beach is close to the town of Juan Griego (Spanish for “John the Greek”). There are several restaurants and bars near this beach. Deck chairs are available for rental, and water sports enthusiasts can rent out jet skis. This is a popular location to watch sunsets.
Parque El Agua Isla de Margarita (Av. 31 de Julio, El Cordón) – located in the northeast part of Margarita Island, this is a water park, for those families who want to do more than just swim or take in a suntan at nearby Playa El Agua beach. This 45,000 m2 facility has a variety of water slides, rides, swimming polls, and other attractions – enough to fill in an afternoon, if not the entire day. Admission: Bs. 290 (visitors 1.2 meters or higher), Bs. 240 (visitors below 1.2 meters) Hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm (low season), 10:30 am – 5:30 pm (high season). See the park’s website for more info: www.parqueelagua.com
Kite Surfing – visitors interesting in kite surfing during their days at Margarita Island may want to visit Playa El Yaque – considered by locals and visitors are being an ideal spot for this sport. Various local kite surfing schools are at this beach to provide both lessons, as well as gear for rent (if needed). Vela Windsurf is an outfit that travelers can contact for further info on these activities: www.velawindsurf.com
Isla Margarita Golf Club (Hotel Hesperia Isla Margarita, Playas de Puerto Cruz y Puerto Viejo) — designed by Spanish architects Lopez Oliveira & Jose Canales this is an 18-hole (par 70) public golf course that operates on a first come-first served basis (perfect for visitors). Because the land here is flat and open, golfers simply come here to practice. Access is free for guests at the Hotel Hesperia Resort.
ISA World Bodyboard Championship – the La Jolla, California (USA)-based International Surfing Association (ISA), in conjunction with the Venezuelan Surfing Federation (FVS), held this event at Playa Parguito every October since 2012, in recognition of the growth of bodyboarding and other water sporting activities in Margarita Island. Many of the world’s best bodyboarders show up for this event, which is likely to encourage more such competitions on Margarita Island in the future. Among the countries that participate in this event are Brazil (the 2012 World Team Champion), France, South Africa, Japan, and Venezuela.