General Yacht Services

Servinauti, also known as Marina Paseo Col n or Marina Puerto la Cruz (V HF , 1) is right in the center of town. The security here is very good. They do not have many slips for cruisers and do not take advance bookings, but as they work on a first-come-first-served basis, you can usually get in if you wait a few days, racuities include showers and toilets. 1 here is water and electricity (110 120 v olt 60 cycle) on the dock. Their fuel dock is open daily 0800-1200 and 1400-1700. Before you come...

Water Sports

Just on the other side of the headland from Marina Club N utico El Morro is the Americo Vespucio sailing school founded 14 years ago by Umberto Constanzo. He has been teaching youngsters not only how to sail, race and maintain their boats, but how to do it exceptionally well. In 2000 one of his pupils, 29 year old Eduardo Cordero retook the title of World Sunfish Champion making him the only one to hold that title five times. And 17-year old Hector Vidal in 1996 brought home both the World Urn...

Info

I os Roques is a national park and you ue united to a two week stay. You will be charged a fee, these may well change but is we write it comes to about 2US per tool tor the boat and 12 US per person. vYi arrival you have to proceed to El Gran Roque and check with (in this order) Guardacosta, Guardia Nacional, Inparques and Autoridad Unica. You will fi id the first three along the beach to the u est of town, and Autoridad Unica at the airport where the fees are paid. You can identify the coast...

Playa Caldera

Playa Caldera (Cauldron Beach) is an outstanding half-moon beach of white sand over a mile long. Around noon rhe whole anchorage feels bleached and baked, heat shimmers and the houses look timeless and unreal. Distances become hard to judge. The fishermen's shacks ashore are used seasonally. A rough airstrip is used on weekends by people from Caracas who come in small planes to enjoy the beach. 1 am told thar after a day's boozing and sunning, some pilots like to -how off to rheir friends with...

Provisioning

Changing money is no problem at Italcambio across the street from Veracruz supermarket on Sucre and raseo Colon, or from Oficambio on Maneiro and Honduras, To get money from a credit card use the 24 hour machines scattered around or from some of the cambio ottices. The main shopping area is the town of Puerto la Cruz. The local market is the cheapest and best place tor tresh produce. You can also get meat and fish. It is open seven days a week from 0700 and the earlier you get there the better....

Security

Bonaire has had a few incidents over the last few years so you don't want to re-lax your vigilance completely, despite the peaceful nature of the place. Venezuela appears to have more problems per visiting yacht than the Eastern Caribbean. This is not only true of yachts getting robbed, but robbery in general including pickpockets and muggers ashore. Yachts are targeted, but not particularly, enezuelans' get robbed too You are most at risk for theft if you sit around for a long time anchored in...

Ashore

A small road runs behind the coast linking these vil lages and other houses. The people here live h fishing and cattle ranching. hen the wind starts to blow hard down the gulf, this part of the coast is protected from the worst of both wind and sea However, small wavelets do turn the corner and follow the coast down, build-my m size the farther they go. This whole stretch ot coast has a wide rather shallow shelf, making anchoring anywhere very easy. The water is often too shallow within a...

Sailmakers And Canvas Work

Mauricio Costanzo runs a first rate sail loft right in the center of town. It is called Kostan Sails (VHF 72). Mauricio speaks perfect English and Italian. He can build good sails for yachts up to about 56 feet and it you prefer you can order Banks sails through him. In addition to making and repairing sails, Mauricio does awnings, Sta-Lock Norserr iar Harken New England * NEW SAILS if SAIL REPAIRS if AWNINGS Calle Libertad, No. 98. Edif. Salerno. Mezz 2- A Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela Tel Fax...

Approximate

Catelmar Representaciones is one place for new electronics or any type of electronic repair. Another is Electronic-Radio Marine, Mr. Rasheed, the owner, speaks English. There are excellent hardware stores all over town, including Ferreter a Erro-centro, with fastenings, tools and an excellent stock of electrical fittings. Diproca not only sells hardware but keeps a good stock of oil and fuel filters, pumps etc. Mangueras Oporto is one of several stores specializing in hoses ot many t pes....

Emergencyconsuls And Embassies

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Ahi Wooden Boats

TS onaire is a charming, quiet and extremely clean island with a population of round 11,000 (2001 Census). The main tv nvn is attractive, with pastel colored build' ings and red tile roofs. It comes with a won-dertul selection of waterfront restaurants. This alone would rate it as a great port to visit, but when you throw in the attraction of some of the Caribbean's clearest water and easiest and best diving, you have an unbeatable combination. Bonaire is part of the Netherlands Antilles with...

Puerto Cabello

Puerto Cabello is a pleasant town with some charming walkways. The area around Paseo El Malec n is especially attractive with well restored old buildings. The main drag in town tor shops and restaurants is Avenida Bol var. Puerto Cabello is a ma-ior port and the largest natural harbor in Venezuela. It is said that the name Cabello (One Hair) was given because it was so well protected and secure you would only have to secure your ship with a single hair to make it safe. Unfortunately this huge...

Isla La Borracha

Isla La Borracha (The Orunk Woman is a dramatic and prominent island just o e 1200 feet high. South of Borracha is HI Borracho (The Orunk MarO and southwest of him ate Los Borrachitos (The 1 ittle Orunks). It you are sailing between 1 1 Borracho and Las Borrachitos w atch out lot the elusive three foot shoal that is said to lurk somewhere in the middle (see sketch chart page 141). The anchorage at Isla La Borracha is scenic with dramatic cliffs on the eastern side. The anchorage is rather small...

Fiberglass Polyspray Storage Boats Welding Lathe Work Sandblasting Mechanical Work Interior Structur

> ide of the bay, but do not hug the shore too closely. You can anchor right off the town. This is sometimes a lovely anchorage, espe- ciallv in the winter when the winds are north of east. However, in the summer months this bay is subject to a nasty chop so it is better to continue up into the first mangrove bay which is completely sheltered. There is a shoal that extends about 120 yards to the south of the mangroves on the western shore. hen you get about 200 yards from the entrance, swing...

Mochima

It is thought that Mochima is a sunken valley, making it long and deep like the fiords. It extends four miles into the surrounding hills. It is a magnificent natural harbor ot green hills and red rocks. Sailing in and out is much ot the pleasure, watching the ever-changing hill contours. Inside, the southern part is deeply wooded and during the rainy season there are frequent afternoon thunder .show -ers. The entrance is much drier with red rocks and cacm> covered hills. Apparently several...

Technical Yacht Services

Dinghy Hospital (VHF 71.) is on the > ide ot the boat storage yard at Bahia Redonda and is run by Linda Lanzon who worked with Caribe inflatables for 13 years and knows all about inflatable She-does warranty work for Caribe dinghie . They can repair all types of hypalon inflatables as well as PVC boats. They will also work on small outboards of all makes. Picking up your dinghy and delivering it back to you by sea or land is part o the service. Check them out also if you need a new or used...

Ashore At Higuerote

For more extensive shopping you have to visit Higuerote. Buses run frequently from near the town square but the dinghy trip is more fun. Access to the canal i- under the bridge. The current under the bridge can go either way and is usually -rronLZ. You cross the first bay and go straight down the canal. After a while you will start to see lovely homes along the water's edge. To get access to the town take the last turn on the lett, just before the end of the canal. Hang a right and follow round...

Vnk

Occasionally enough swell enters the bay to create a bit of a roll. Despite the cloudy water the anchorage is scenic and for rhose who wish to explore ashore there is a poor but picturesque fishing village. Tie your dinghy to the stone wall to the north of the village. Elsewhere thick, gooey, black silt lies close to shore. Punta Esmeralda is the last anchorage before Morro de Chacopata. We deal with that part of the coast in our next section. In the next...

Chimana Grande

Chimana Crande is just four miles from Puerto La Cruz but it is a thousand miles away in atmosphere, with peaceful bays, pretty red brown hills, mangroves, parrots It is so dry here that bugs are not usu-all a problem and the water is clear so you can find some fair snorkeling. The two best anchorages are Ci naga (Mangrove Lined Bay) and Ci neguita (Small Mangrove Lined Bay). These are both well protected bays with easy anchoring areas that are breezy enough to keep them cool. This large bay...

Scale In Nautical Wiles

LI UKmg bu.de to Venezuela & Bonaire When entering Puerto Real give good clearance to the eastern headland as a rocky shoal extends almost half a mile out. The depths over this shoal are mainly 10-16 feet, but there are shallower spots. (See our aerial photo.) Just north west is the quaint and clean village of Merito where two nuns who are in fact sisters, Maria and Beatriz run a tourist school. They are very welcoming and as they teach English to their students they would welcome visitors...

Marine Supplies Full Service Shop

Tel (599) 717- 5050, Fax 717- 4309 VHF 65A bbms bonairelive.com > 30 to 1700. Saturdays Sundays and holidays from, 0900-1300. If they are closed den you arrive, tie up at the gas dock. Plaza Resort Marina has 30 slips with iximum draft of 7 feet (7.5 feet at high i k and can take yachts up to 60 feet long. r act them on VHF 18. If you are over ot draft call for local knowledge. The c xs have water and electricity (127 220V, iC cycle) and some slips have cable TV and a phone Internet hookups....

Sebastopol Northwards

The clearest and easiest route is to sail northwards, keeping the middle dividing reet close on vour port side all the way to Espenqui. From here you can head o, Gran Roque. Up to Cuchillo you will see over the reel to the inside deep water passage. This passage stops at Cuchillo but the reef continues to Bpanqui. This reef is very eas to see and is continuous except for a e cut> into the inner passage near Cuchillo and Ariba. 1 lug the reet, parsing inside any off lying shoals along the way...

Harbor Master

Coast b Jav and you will have to navigate by eye. No current charts show the changes and we have not surveyed this area since the floods. To get a better angle to the wind in either direction you can sail out to Los Roques and back in again. This takes you much farther, but it you are ready for a few extra days in Los Roques, why not

Golfo De Cuare

Golfo de Cuare is a wildlife refuge and a marvelous place to spend a da oi two exploring, bird watching and fishing There are spectacular cliffs sculpted nto caves, caverns, walls and steep valleys ilong much of the southern shore. Once the whole area was under water and the Jt s ate limestone from old coral forma- > ns Vbout se en million years ago tec- tonic activity uplifted them to their present position. Acids, born by rain, have dissolved parts of the limestone, causing whole areas to...

Services

Astilleros & Varadero Del Caribe is run by Philippe Philippart, an ex pilot, diver and previously in the oil industry. It is located in Chacachacare next to the fish inc harbour. He has a 50 ton Travel lift, extra wide to accommodate up to 24 ft. beam. In addition he has a railway that will haul larger catamarans and tris. There is storage for about 100 to 120 boats, and a crane for mast work. He can also do all kinds of re pair work and major reconstruction, gelcoat peeling, electric,...

Chandleries

Xanadu Marine (VHF 72) is an excellent chandlery. It is run by Patti rrom the USA who cruised the Caribbean for 20 years with her late bus- band John in their Tayana 37 called Xanadu. They found themselves coming back to the beauty and culture of Venezuela year after year. The shop contains a wide range of gear from boat alarms to the popular AB and Caribe dinghies. Patti understands all her products from a GPS to antifouling. She will save you much pain by making sure you have the product you...

Carenero

Well protected harbor with many anchors _-e and mangrove channels. There is an impressive three-mile dinghy passage all the way through to the town of Higuerote. Bird watching in this passage is always gen d. but is spectacular at dusk and dawn. You can anchor anywhere you like, but the most c n-venient anchorage is north of the Club Bahia de los Piratas. As you approach this area you will see both Higuerote and Carenero. The entrance is straightforward, though you do not want to go aground on...

Customs And Immigration

Customs and immigration in Bonaire is simple and easy. Venezuela has a huge bureaucracy and it often seems like the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing. There have been many good changes recently, and I am sure there will be more in the years to come. When you get to Venezuela, official clearance charges are about 50 US, though some port captains and other official- may charge more. We advise using one of our recommended clearing agents (listed under the relevant anchorages) where...

Boto Blanku Marine Services

09 00-1500, Closed 12 00 - 1300 Sundays and Holidays Closed Bonaire finally has a real boat yard. Dutchman Jon Blonk has invested almost a million dollars in his facility, which is located on the waterfront next to the power and water plant (WEB). He has a long concrete ramp that extends into deep water. Hauling is by trailer. He can handle boats with up to 4.5 ft. draft and 30 tons on that ramp. Fiberglass is the specialty at the Blonk Boatworks. He builds fiberglass motor launches and...

Bahia Redonda

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Manna i rrrennacionaL gt 4 quality yacht club with full amenities mmmp m Security, comfort, friendly bilingual staff HHPS - national yachts welcome Ideal location within Venezuela's best cruising zone Puerto la Cruz. 7000 Km2 of calm seas 35 islands. No hurricanes ever. Created by sailors for sailors Av. Tajamar N 1. Centro N utico. El Morro Tourist complex. Puewrto La Cruz. Venezuela Tel fono 058-281 267 7412 263-1362 - Fax 058-281 267 7810 - VHF Channel 71 email brmi cantv.net web...

Chandlery

Auto Boat Center, Puerto La Cruz. 0281 286 8802,7322. Email CMC. Puerto La Cruz, 0281 263 5853, F 0281 263 5409 Email El Imperio Marino, Puerto La Cruz, T F 0281 286 2472 La Casa del Pescador, Porlamar. 0295 263 9305 La Cruz Nautic Shop 081 63 04 19 , F 081 63 17 36, omcca telcel.net.ve Margarita Sailing Services, Porlamar, 0414 797 8858, Email Marine Store, Tucacas, 0242 83 21 20 Nauti Hogar, Cuman , 0293 466 3804, F 0293 466 3518 Nautic Center, Puerto La Cruz 0281 286 1911, F 0281 286 3829,...

La Blanquilla

As a day sail, but be prepared to use your engine if the wind drops. Blanquilla is low and cannot be seen until you are within a tew miles, but it is easy to see Los Hermanos Rocks. They are about six miles east of Blanquilla and cover about six miles in a southerly direction. The largest one is 600 feet high and is easily seen from afar. Tortuga is low lying and you cannot see it until you are within six or seven miles. Tortuga is also only about 60 miles rrom Puerto La Cruz, so you can also...

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Plaza Resort Manna 266 Venezuela's Offshore Islands 219 Isla South coast anchorages 220 Playa Isla Playa Caldera 223 Los Cayo Las East Los Northeast Los Roques 238 Sarqui, Espenqui amp Crasqui 240 Sarqui Western Los Roques 243 Cayo Dos Aves de Barlavento 2 Anchorages at IsIh Sur 2SO Isla Oeste Anchorage 251 Aves de Sotavento Aves de Sotavento, North pa t 25S Approaches to Mangrove Ba Ibt

General Index

Albanil, 131 Americano Bay, 221 Anchoring, 34 Angel Falls, 38-41,183 Arepas, 43 Armed robbery, 22 Anjba, 262 Ave de Barlavento, 248-253 Aves de Sotavento, 253-257 Avoid Bajo Sabana, 194 Ayacas, 43. Bah a Bergant n, 157 Bah a Chuspa, 194 Bah a Comona, 155 Bah a Guanta, 156 Bah a La Buche, 192 Bah a Manare, 145 Bah a Matacua, 144 Bah a Pertigalete, 155 Bah a Petare, 151 Bah a Puerto Cruz, 200 Bah a Tinajones, 131 Bah a Valle Seco, 151 Bajo Caracas, 146 Bajo de la Cabecera, 230 E ajo La Crucesita,...

Gulf Of Paria To Guiria

The southern side of the iulf of I'aria to Guiria- An ea cruise from Trinidad. The northern side of the Gulf of Paria to Morro de CI ls-copata and the offshore islands of Los Testigos. The islands of Margarita, Coche and Cuba ua to the northern side of Peninsula de Araya. Cumana and the Golfo de Cariaco to the western side of the Peninsula de Araya 5. PUERTO LA CRUZ amp MOCHIMA From Mochima through and including Puerto la Cru . This includes all the Mochima National Park. 6. ISLAS PIRITU TO...