Los Roques

Los Roques archipelag at Venezuela
Los Roques archipelago at Venezuela

One of the best Venezuela attractions – Los Roques or the chain of Caribbean islands is a perfect place to relax and spend your holidays and explore one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world – Venezuela. Los Roques is located very close to the coast of Venezuela.

If you travel to Los Roques, make sure you visit the coral reefs and explore the white sandy beaches that stretch for miles. The most spectacular sight is the aquamarine color Arabian Sea that gushes on to the white sandy beaches.
If you are left all alone on these islands, you get a feel of being shipwrecked and being left alone on the islands. This can be an adventure by itself.

Recreational activities at Los Roques

Among the chain of islands, as many as 42 islands are inhabited. There is a lagoon nearby. Some of the activities you can participate in when you visit one of the best Venezuela attractions – Los Roques include –

  • Sunbathing
  • Beachcombing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing
  • Walking down the beaches
  • Touring coral reefs etc

Los Roques was assigned the status of a National Park in the year 1972. The main aim of declaring it as a national park was to render protection to the marine ecosystem. The marine ecosystem comprises seagrass beds, coral reefs, and mangroves mainly.

More about Los Roques National Park
The National Park of Los Roques covers approximately 221,120 hectares or 546 acres. It is at a distance of 128 km from La Guaira port. It is the Caribbean Sea’s largest marine park. It attracts tourists from different parts of the world. It is fascinating especially for tourists who like adventure and have an appetite for taking risks.

Interesting facts about Venezuela attractions – Los Roques

The National Park protects the coral reefs
Los Roques National Park is home to 140 Molluscan species, 61 coral species, 60 species of sponges, 200 crustacean species, and 280 species of fish.

You get to see as many as 92 species of birds. Among them, there are many migratory birds too.

Earlier fishing was the main activity on these Caribbean islands. Of late the local people have actively participated in tourism activities. Moreover, few lodges present inside the national park were accessible and bought by ones who could afford them.

Currently, there are more than 50,000 tourists traveling to this part of the globe every year. Several inns and lodges have come up in close proximity to the Los Roques National Park. The local people are doing brisk business. The local inns are referred to as “posadas”. Adjoining areas of Gran Roque have more than 1500 residents and is increasing with every passing year.

Tourism has also given rise to employment in Los Roques. People belonging to the age group 18 to 70 years are the ones that are employed directly or indirectly in the tourism industry.