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... He seemed to know also exactly where the birds would be and took us to a white Heron who fishing on one of the little islands and to a blue Heron who patiently posed for us while we took photos. They must be used to tourists and were not perturbed by us clicking away. Ashore we spotted an iguana and lots of little crabs making their way out of the mangrove. There was nice little market nearby where I purchased a lovely pink ...
know if it keeps underemployed sailmakers in business or they just recycle them
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Pleasant beach but nothing to write a blog about!
While waiting for a taxi back, got a lift from Almando, a
friendly parejo salesman and parttime guide, to Playa la Galera, a lovely
protected crescent of sand really good for swimming as no waves. Nabbed another
palm tree ...
... Yaque you don’t need to go to Porlamar – take the public bus
that leaves on the hour (or slightly earlier!!), every hour during the day, to
the main highway(7 bsf) where you can get a collective minibus direct to
Juangriego terminal(10bsf). From there a collective taxi from stand 14,
labelled La Galera, will for 6 bsf get you to Hotel Patrick, though it is
actually not far and if you knew where you were ...
... beach bordering the lagoon was dirty & glass strewn, then
there were several more baylets to cross, each with its own challenges, be they
being built up to the waters edge, guarded by vicious dogs, with mucky creeks
to cross or weed strewn with pockets of very soft (but not quite quick!) sand.
The beach proper though was well maintained, the water reasonably clear, with
even a few fish visible when swimming!
Enjoyed sampling a couple of the local beers ...
... the late (after dark) arrival time and the fact I had no local currency had pre-booked the accommodation & taxi from airport. It soon became apparent, given current exchange rates, what a rip off the $10 taxi ride had been, but in the end it was a good job I had played it safe.
Despite knowing my arrival time and his insisting that, as he lived on premises, he was always there, he had gone to the bar and got totally rat *****. ...
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Its all int eh food
We have just got back today, we had a lovely holiday my only comments wouold be the following
1. Food was always cold unless you received your meals via the grill chefs i.e. eggs in the morning and burgers at lunch.
2. They regularly run out of white wine and brandy in the pool bar, this did not please us one bit.
3. Some of the excursions are not worth the money but you can make your own mind up.
But from what I can see from the other reviews I would agree.
Isla caribe and chill
isla caribe is excellent , food good, no upset tummys, beach lovely, staff good ,if you want quiet and relaxed brill, if you dont, dont go and spoil it for us that do go to malia or similiar
Bastante aceptable;ideal para descansar
Hemos estado nueve años veraneando en Venezuela (5 en Margarita), y el hotel es bastante aceptable si vas con una idea de descansar y olvidarte de todo. Se ve q el hotel es nuevo y todavía le faltan cosas por mejorar (pequeños detalles), pero el personal se esfuerza en ello.
la playa no es muy grande pero es muy tranquila (quizás tenga demasiado oleaje) ; se puede pasear sin ningún tipo de problema y, salvo la zona del hotel, el resto está totalmente vacio.
No hay duda q hay mejores hoteles en la isla, pero este es una muy buena opcion para descansar con la familia sin ningún problema.
Wonderful Isla Caribe
The Isla Caribe is worthy of 4 star rating. Spacious rooms with lovely views of the mountains and sea (or the pool if you prefer). Quite at night so you can sleep peacefully. Very clean hotel - staff always sweeping and cleaning and we had fresh towels every day.
Very friendly staff. Good choice of food - main restaurant and grill bar - as is the Al a Carte. No problem with upset tummies or mosquitos..
I've been meaning to write a review for the Isla Caribe for months now. My sister and I travelled to Margarita with First Choice (excellent longhaul service, pity about the extortionate price for water on the flight) in late November 2006.
On arrival to the hotel, we were instantly delighted that we'd paid a little more to stay at the Isla rather than the Pueblo, on visiting the Pueblo we found it to be quite stifling hot with no wind getting into the hotel complex, the Isla on the other hand was much more open to the ocean which allow a beautifully refreshing breeze to reach you by the pool.
Our group were apparently only the second lot of First Choice guests to stay at the Isla and though the hotel still had some construction work going on, it wasn't at all intrusive. Like all new hotels the Isla experienced some teething problems during our stay, for us most notably it was the mould on the ceiling of our first room, we went to the reception and explained the problem (very much amusing the manager with our attempts to explain mould in pigeon Spanish) and to their credit they had us changed to another room within an hour which was fine as we sat in the lobby bar and had a few drinks while we waited :) Later in our vacation the TV stopped working, again the reception manager was excellent - a smile the politeness gets you everywhere!
Clearly there is a problem with the Air Con in certainly all the ground floor rooms (by the end of the two week stay our room was showing signs of mould on the ceiling), its inability to handle the humidity is the cause of the mould and bowed furniture - it's a teething problem which I'm sure will be rectified as the hotel gets more established.
The room's were kept very clean and were large, though beware in the bathroom, they're open plan and right next to the door into the room - if the maid enters the room whilst you're taking a shower you could both have a bit of a shock! The greatest delight with the room was the abundance of water pressure/hot water in the shower (on our previous trip to Margarita in a different hotel we often had little water pressure in the shower, cold water or no water at all.)
Since the hotel is a fairly small complex, sunloungers and table's at meal time could be an issue, during our first week people were reserving them over night then not bothering to use them during the day which cause frayed tempers amongst some of the guests. By the second week the lounger situation seemed to have sorted itself, I'm guessing the sunbed horders had returned home.
The food at the hotel was pretty good, breakfast probably having the least selection, but all in all only the fussiest of eaters wouldn't have found something to suit. My only negative regarding food was that the bread was kept uncovered allowing flies to land (particularly at breakfast). The most positive aspect of the food was the beef cooked to order at the BBQ - delicious!
The bar staff were excellent (again a smile and politeness gets you everywhere), their knowledge of cocktails isn't as good as Mexico; so if you like a particular cocktail perhaps note the ingredients and show them how to make it, the staff were very amenable to this.
From an entertainment point of view there wasn't much (though again I'm sure this will improve as the hotel becomes more established) going on in the evenings; we'd already read reviews mentioning this so took plenty of travel board games and cards. The animation team were lovely, just so few in numbers that there was no way they could adequately look after the guests in both the Isla and Pueblo, hence the amount of activities in the daytime were fairly low.
If you spend the whole two weeks at the hotel you could get a bit bored and having been to Margarita for a week previously we knew that we wanted to do some of the excursions.
We booked a two day trip to the Orinocco Delta, Canaima falls and Angel falls (magical tour, well worth the money. According to the rep we need not have taken Anti Malarials - wish we hadn't as the Maralone made both my sister and I quite ill), an insightful trip around Margarita Island (I'm surprised more people don't take this tour as it was excellent and our guide Miguel was superb) and a snorkelling day trip to Isla de Cubagua (another fantastic day!!!!). I'm sure we could have booked these trips independent of First Choice for cheaper, but frankly we couldn't be bothered with the hassle. It's worth noting that if you're not keen on flying or small spaces the flights for the Delta trip may be a problem for you. My sister and I loved the flights in the 12 seater Cessna and the pilots were first class, but it might not be for everyone.
All in all Margarita is a marvellous destination, cheapest in the Caribbean by far and probably the least discovered by Brits too - it's also off the hurricane trail making it a year round destination! That said don't expect the luxurious All Inclusive's of Mexico when you're paying less than two thirds of the price (some times half the price) of going to Mexico.
Would I stay at this hotel again? Definitely, but as most people say there are too many wonderful destinations out there to keep returning to the same places.
Lastly I have to finish this review by saying how fantastic our resort rep Anna-Maria was, everyone mentions her and she truly is a warm smiling star - if you have any problems she'll sort it and her knowledge of Margarita and Venezuela is second to none!
Nice hotel, extreme friendly staff
+ nice rooms
+ excellent food (the grill bar is maybe better then the main restaurant), nobody of us had diarrhoea...
+ very friendly and funny staff (they really want to do their best)
+ one of the best beaches on the island
+ nice coctails (try Carribean)
- no nightlife (go to Playa el Agua for dancing, it is about 10 minutes with the taxi)
- taxi drivers in front of the hotel entrance tell you double the price you should normally pay
- german tourists getting up at 0530 AM to reserve deckchairs at the pool. Its rather ridiculous than annoying, because there are almost always some free ones.
- slow connection in the internet cafe
++ very-very beautiful venezuelan girls :)
this hotel is very much recommended in my opinion.
Great hotel...don't listen to bad reviews
Don't listen to the bad reviews... this hotel has amazing qualities...the views are gorgious... pool, ocean or mountain... the room are clean, spacious... no problems at all. The pool was well maintained...food was really good...good variety.. always something eat...the drinks were really good.... the service at times was slow but...you're on vacation... relax.... you'll get a drink... the lobby bar was fun... the bar tenders there were really good..and table service at night was really good. The night life was almost nil.... so if that's important to you....better go somewhere else... the jeep tour is a must... the boat tours are good ...but only if you have your sea legs... lots of people were sick on our tour... the water is really rough... the beach is nice... red flag everyday but still ok to swim in... watch for jellyfish... it was a great vacation..if you're looking to relax and get some sun..its the place to go... the resort is new.. only about 7 months old..they are still building some of it..our stay was great.. would for sure go back...
Watch for the flies
Holiday: GP63162 - PMV
Date: 3rd Jan to 17th Jan 2007
Isla Caribe Beach Resort Hotel, Tirano, Margarita
This was our first experience of the Caribbean, using First Choice as an operator. My wife and I have our own catering business. We arrange our main holiday for the first two weeks of January as this is our quiet time.
Our original booking at the Hesperia we had to change due to the outcome of investigating further the building work notification dated 24th November. This was very late, limiting us on the choices of making alternative arrangements. We decided, reluctantly, with a change of booking.
The booking in and flight out was good. I was glad to have upgraded to premier service. On arrival at the airport it was chaos. 2 hours of waiting around for baggage only to find that my new leather case, now had bottom studs missing and zipper broken. On arrival to the hotel on a "seen better day's bus" we were checked in. No guidance given to room, air con, safe deposit box, open / close times of restaurants, bar and shop. Anyway, in true British spirit we eventually resolved all this and settled down to start enjoying ourselves. So, up for breakfast with the flies!! It was incredible, the food areas covered in flies. I have video footage that is incredible. We appreciate that this was the fly season (As we and other guests were repeatedly told) however basic natural containments were not evident. The video footage shows that the walls behind the glass cleaning area and to the left of it are heavily soiled. Anyway, we persevered choosing what we ate carefully.
Friday morning at 09:50 I waited for my free scuba diving lesson to commence. I waited until 10:30 but nobody turned up. I reported this to Anna Maria and tried again the following Monday and Wednesday. Still nobody turned up and I gave up after that.
On Saturday morning our son became very ill. His blood pressure was low, diarrhoea, a temperature of 39.4 and delirious. The only difference between him and us was that he consumed fish from the restaurant the night before. The doctor agreed that this was the probable cause. We were due to go on a trip on Sunday (Two day trip to the jungle) that we had to cancel. Your representative, Anna Maria was fantastic (A positive!!). She arranged a doctor for us and re-arranged our trip without any financial implications.
The doctor came out and treated our son Saturday night. After the doctor left our son deteriorated further and a doctor and nurse came out in the early hours of Sunday morning to insert intravenous drip. By Tuesday he was up and about again. However the anxiety from it all triggered an asthma attack and we had to take him to hospital for treatment. By Thursday he was pretty much back to normal. Friday we left for our two day trip (Fantastic add-on to our holiday) and so glad to get out of our room. On leaving for our trip we reported that we didn't have hot water, we reported another 3 times when we returned then gave up pursuing it. Hot water was still lacking when we checked out (6 days after reporting).
On Tuesday 16th I had a bout of diarrhoea and spent the day in bed. On Wednesday 17th our son had sickness and diarrhoea again. We were very concerned about his ability to fly and reported it. We were helped at check in but the senior air stewardess was not made aware or his condition. Anyway we informed her at the earliest opportunity and completed the flight successfully.
The return flight was very frustrating. After take off, "would you like a drink sir?" the steward asked. "Yes, I will have a beer please". I was bought a small wine glass of beer!! When I questioned the size I was told that they only had three cans and had to share it around. The same for Red wine. This was the start of the flight. Where is my premier service, I wondered for the rest of the flight.
We met a lot of people whilst on holiday. Our food related illnesses and observations were shared without exception from all that we met.
I have given you a lot of detail to give you a feel for what we experienced whilst we were away from home - not a holiday.
The root causes are evident and within the hands of the hotel and operator to address. We hope they do this with a high degree of urgency so as others can come back having experienced a great holiday.
All credit to Anna Maria. We depended on her. She is an asset to to First Choice.
I would like anybody who stayed at the hotel during the same time period and became ill to please contact me.
Nice to Visit
Margarita Island was beautiful along the coast, the scenery was breathtajking. I have the most beautiful pictures of sunrises, sunsets and natural landscapes that I have ever saw. But as far as my review of the Isla Caribe Resort we stayed at well that is another story. First off the SERVICE SUCKS there. It all started from the moment we stepped off the bus and it didn't get any better than that except a few awesome staff I did meet. The food also bored me after a few days. I didn't feel people were to friendly. I found an overwhelming amount of German people there who were very rude. I'm sorry but I paid for my trip too and why do you think you rule!!!! No Night Life !!~ Great side trips went to Coche Island on a catamorand and had a mud bath that was fun. The jeep tour was the best I totally reccomend it. Coco-loco drinks and Tropical drinks were good. We had a great room pool side on the ground level. I loved sitting there in the evening. Do Not trust everthing the tour operator at your resorts says because I believe he will make a profit on you one way or another. Phillippe is a shyster. It is very reasonable to go out for dinner at the hard rock cafe there. I thoroughly missed a good old fashion north american menu, Overall I would say Beautiful weather but I would not go back. Oh but before I go I must inform you of one thing that really upset me and that was the way they respected and treated their animals (cats and dogs). It was a disgrace. In the resort there was an cat with a foot injury that was an open wound that we saw every day. The cats wound was so grosse. We asked at the front desk if they could get any help for the invection that set into his foot, they said they didn't really care. I saw dogs so skinny running all over some with maggots on their ears. They just didn't pay attention to these animals because it was normal for them to see them like this. We offered to pay to have a vet look at the poor cats foot and they said no it is not necessary. He was probably right in the long run because I could see quite cleary that they did not have a best friend like I have with my dog Marley. Ola from London, Ontario, Canada
Isla Caribe Beach Hotel
Its a decent hotel - rooms are big and clean with a decent sized shower. its is a fairly new hotel which is nice...Restaurants wise its a little strange - there's the main buffet restaurant, with a section off the side which is used for the ala carte restaurant (the actual ala carte restaurant is being built over by the reception) and there's a grill/bbq thats open air which does steaks sausages etc. but - if its still the same as when i went - you do get the added advantage staying at the isla caribe of using the facilities next door at the pueblo - and they also have a couple of restaurants - including a pasta bar where you can get them to make up a sauce just for you. They also have a nice cascada bar during the day for toasties and drinks. the pool bar at the isla also does burgers for lunch/afternoon snacks. the cocktails are really nice too! the only real issue i had at the isla was sunloungers! its the age old prob of having people get up at 5/6/7am to "reserve" sunloungers with their towells and then not use them - its incredibly annoying. They even got so bad when we were there that people staying on the ground floor started dragging them to their terraces to keep them for themselves (although they didnt always end up there in the morning ;0)) however you can nip next door to the pueblo and theres usually plenty of loungers around there...or you can go down to the beach and theres usually some there.
Anna Maria - the rep - was fantastic and wonderful...cant recommend her enough!
we enjoyed our time at the isla - and loved margarita and the trips we did. We did the delta/canaima trip was amazing.