Isla de Coche, a Break From Routine

Sunsets at Isla de Coche

For another weekend we organised a little trip to the neighbouring Isla de Coche, a small island of only 55 km² that is also part of the Nueva Esparta State. We left Margarita Island early in the morning on a very crowded motorboat from La Isleta; thankfully the trip only took about 30 minutes because it was quite hot and loud. We didn’t have a reservation for accommodation so we went around looking for a place to stay; we were turned down from a couple of posadas before ending up at Posada Piedras Marinas where we stayed for the first night. The rooms were very basic and windowless but they were clean and the hostess was a very charming and authentic lady.

After sorting out the accommodation issue, we spent the day at La Punta beach where most of the hotels are. It was Saturday so the place was a bit crowded and there was a lot of loud music coming from the catamarans that bring people on one-day-tours. Thank God for noise cancelling headphones!  Later that night we had the best dinner of the weekend at El Bohío de Doña Carmen, a small restaurant in the main town specializing in seafood. I ordered the red snapper that came with rice, salad and plantains and, yes, it was as delicious as it looked!

Chilling by the pool

Since we wanted to be closer to La Punta beach we switched over to one of the all-inclusive resorts, Punta Blanca Ocean Club, to stay there for the next two nights. The rooms were big and comfortable, with outdoor showers from where you could see the stars and the moon above. There was also a nice swimming pool where I enjoyed drinking piña coladas while I watched the iguanas move slowly by. The only downside was the food, it was quite dull and there was not much variety but I guess that’s common in this sort of places. The hotel is the last one on the beach so it’s also far away from the catamarans’ crowds and noise; and right next to the good spot for kite surfing. It was really nice to go to the beach and watch people with their kites with the amazing sunset in the background. Overall, our trip to Coche Island was a nice break from the rush of daily life in Margarita and it was cool to sleep again on a bed in a private room instead of a sofa in the middle of the living room!

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