The famous Pirate Island
The Island of Tortuga, which in fact is one big Island and 3 smaller ones, is located some 50 miles west of Isla Margarita.
This Island used to be a hide out place for Piratas during the 17th. century, but today it is uninhabited with some fishermen living here in the fishing season. It is a beautiful Island with long white sand beaches and lots of interesting bays and places to visit.
This map was found in the Archivos National de Venezuela, it shows a Dutch fortress from 1668, well protected on the high plain, with its natural harbor in front.
Tortuga has some of the most beautiful bays on the south shore only a few persons have been there. A calm day and a good dinghy is important since there is no anchorages for bigger boats.
In the revolution time with Simon Bolivar, treasures was hidden by rich Spanish families here, in an attempt to save their most valued treasures, many big anchors can be found here and a wooden chest was found there 5 years ago with silver plate by the local fishermen, its the only Venezuelan Island where sweet water can be found in natural caves.
Today it is a deserted island, where a few fishermen lives in the lobster season, specially the southern part of the Island have some beautiful lagoons and landscape, not found anywhere else in the Caribbean..
Trips to Tortuga: Departure from either Puerto la Cruz, Margarita or Bahia de los Piratas.
Trips by sailboat from Margarita:
Sailing to Isla Tortuga: 4 days / 3 nights.
Leaving from Porlamar Margarita Yachting Marine at 6:00 pm. In direction of Isla Tortuga 45 nautical miles magnetic course 270º, estimated time of navigation 10 hours, to arrive at Cayo Herradura at dawn.
A stopover can be done at the National Park of Mochima on the way back to Margarita. It is well worth discovering this National Park by boat.
First class attention of Captain Marc and his crew onboard Audrey is included as well as meals, snacks and open bar (national drinks) during the trip.
PRICE: $ 400 – p / person (min. 3 adults, max 6, children under 12 years 50%.
Diving is optional. Add $45 per person per immersion.
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Weekend trips with the Mini cruiser to Isla Tortuga:
Departure every Saturday morning from Bahia de Los Piratas in Carenero 2 hours drive from Caracas.
Includes: Tent, airbeds, water, ice, stove for cooking, fishing gear, beach toys and waterskiing.
You bring: Food and drinks and bed lined + personal belongings.
Price per person: 2 days / 1 night $65.
(Minimum 20 persons)
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