MARGARITA ISLAND is situated 90 miles westwards of Trinidad & Tobago and 25 miles north of the continent Venezuela. Within the Caribbean you can find direct connections between Trinidad - Tobago, Grenada, Barbados and Los Roques
Margarita is a duty-free zone and is therefore very popular
for shopping with visitors from the mainland and other
caribbean islands. Mainly summer
and beach clothing, alcohol (excellent Rum!), cigarettes,
pearls, jewellery and perfumes are sold at good prices.
If you are looking for typical souveniers
then you should go for hammocks, pottery, wickerwork
by Indians of the Amazons.
There are three commercial areas in Margarita. The first one is the market “Nuevo
Mercado Municipal de Conejeros” located in the western part of Porlamar.
One part of the market offers food where the tropical fruit and the fish
sections are worth seeing. Separated by a big parking lot you will find
hundreds of little stands where you can buy just about anything and at
very reasonable prices that can be further negotiated.
And if you still haven´t had enough, then visit the shops along Avenida
Santiago Mariño and 4 de Mayo. Here you will find the fancy boutiques,
jewellers and perfume shops. Shopping might be somewhat more expensive
in this area but the superior quality makes up for it and especially the
brand-name articles are sold at much better prices than in Europe or the
Should you decide to rent a car and drive over the island,
do not forget to stop in Santa Ana, a small village between Asuncion and
Juangriego, to look at hammocks and drive through El Cercano to find local