Caracas is the capital and the largest city of Venezuela and is located in the northern part of the country bordering the narrow Caracas valley on the Venezuelan coastal mountain range (the Cordillera de la Costa). Considered as fast-paced and cosmopolitan, Caracas is a progressive city with over 4 centuries of history buried beneath its glass-and-concrete monuments, oil-fueled affluence with signs of corrosion over modernism. It is considered as a major yacht charter destination, as most visitors come to visit the city before sailing further towards the amazing islands of the Caribbean. Caracas is the only city in the country where you will find a various array of cultural activity, numerous world-class museums or an eclectic cuisine. During a yacht charter break in the city, you will have the opportunity to taste the famous Arepa joints of Sabana Grande and also the Haute Cuisine of hubs like Las Mercedes and Los Palos Grandes. Most of the city’s nightlife offers clubbers, bar-hoppers and salsa aficionados and give to most visitors the opportunity to mingle with the city’s most famous die-hard partiers. As commerce is what particularly make the city bustle, and that shopping is a vocation for most caraqueños (the locals from Caracas), you can also prowl in the glitzy malls and sprawling street markets. Last but not least, complementing these attractions is a perfect sunny climate while on 900 m uphill, it is still considered as an ‘’eternal summer’’ and where the natural exuberance pleasantly contrasts with the urban fabrics.
During a yacht charter cruise in Caracas, you have the unique opportunity to discover the Frangipani blooming outside of the metro and some tiny frogs from the street side trees. The northern edge of the city is rather steep with the wooded slopes of the famous Parque Nacional El Avila, where you will find miles and miles of walking trails wind through the scented forests. However, despite the obvious attractions for visitors, the city of Caracas grittier side still predominates. The traffic is relentless and trash and some noises can somehow be unnerving. You will find some haphazardly built shantytowns creeping up the surrounding hillsides and some poor enclaves rubbing shoulders with some of the ritziest zones of the area. Most of the yacht charter cruises from Caracas are considered as a relaxing experience in South America. Caracas is the perfect yacht charter destination for those who are looking for a weeklong escape from the frenetic pace life in Europe. A yacht charter vacation in Caracas is devoted to relaxation, cradled in the sun and waves. It is often from Caracas that all the trips to further destinations begin. You can sail towards Gran Roque and reach Sarqui within 2 additional sailing hours. From Sarqui, you will have an option to head for an excursion in Espenqui Island which is surrounded by mangroves and is the favorite nestling place for numerous rare species of birds. From Sarqui, you can sail further to Cayo de Aqua which derives its name from its fresh water streams or ‘’cayos’’.
The sands of the islands usually absorb the rainwater and form a sort of pocket that has long been fundamental to the survival of the indigenous community living in the area. Cayo de Aqua is also considered as the most beautiful beach in the entire archipelago. Sailing further, you will reach Dos Mosquises where it is recommended to visit to the Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques (or the Los Roques Scientific Foundation), which is a marine biology center where many endangered species of turtles are raised. Then, you can depart for Carenero and seize the occasion to visit Langui and Felipe islands where you will find a calm water lagoon which is protected by mangroves. Yacht charterers who are seeking for some seaside activities can sail to Noronqui which is comprised of 3 islands with bays of secluded beaches and a calm central lagoon which is perfect for snorkeling, and may be swim with some turtles that occasionally come to lay their eggs. One more hour of sailing, you can reach Crasqui Island which is inhabited by a small group of fishermen. The island is famous for its expansive beach of white sand and crystal clear turquoise water where you can see some pelican performing some acrobatic dives as they fish for the Camiguanas swimming close to the beach. Another 30 minutes sail from Casqui Island, you can sail towards Rabusqui and visit its famous lagoon where you will have the opportunity to swim with the sea stars living in the area. You can head after for Madrisqui and enjoy some more seaside activities and back to Gran Roque for some shopping or catch the sunset from the ancient Dutch lighthouse.