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Annual Event: Cumana
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On the south coast of the Gulf of Cariaco, the lee side, it's harder to find good anchorages because of the constant waves and the deep underwater wall in front of the mountains. However, the following anchorages are good... [more]
Further reading:- Cruising Guide to Venezuela and Bonaire  by  Chris Doyle and Jeff Fisher published by Chris Doyle Publishing & Cruising Guide Publications 1997 ISBN 0 944428 38 X

Estado Sucre
The state capital is Cumaná.pop. 300,000
Sucre translated from espanol to english by google
Sucre State covers a total surface area of 11,800 km² and, in 2001, had an estimated population of 786 483.
Municipalities & municipal seats
Andrés Eloy Blanco (Casanay)
Andrés Mata (San José de Aerocuar)
Arismendi (Río Caribe)
Benítez (El Pilar)
Bermúdez (Carúpano)
Bolívar (Marigüitar)
Cajigal (Yaguaraparo)
Cruz Salmerón Acosta (Araya)
Libertador (Tunapuy)
Mariño (Irapa)
Mejía (San Antonio del Golfo)
Montes (Cumanacoa)
Ribero (Cariaco)
Sucre (Cumaná)
Valdez (Güiria)
Telephone Codes
Venezuela (58), Puerto La Cruz (0281), Margarita (0295), Cumana (0293), Caracas (02
Venezuela’s offshore islands have something for everyone. Many of these islands remain the unspoiled paradise that they were 100 years ago. They are the best of the Caribbean.
Castillo de Araya
Built back when salt was as precious as  gold, as the means to keep food in the hot damp climates. The salt mines in Araya were under regular siege from the Dutch and pirates.  The fortress was ordered destroyed in 1770 for budgetary reasons, but its massive original construction has allowed the fortress to remain a major ruin on the horizon. 
The salted world of Araya by Lots of fotos of ferry fort and salt mining.


Year-round temperatures range between 22 and 28 °C. Coastal climate has high temperatures and constant trade winds from November until May, while it's a bit cooler with more humidity from June to October.

Venezuela has the Caribbean's longest coastline

Instead of plundering gold and silver, pirates these days look for inflatable dinghies, outboard motors, cash and electronics to steal. Travel in small groups is generally wise. Leave jewelry and other valuables at home.
General Antonio José de Sucre, hero of the Venezuelan war of Independence and Simón Bolívar's right-hand man, is the namesake of the statel - although sugar cane was an important crop here in colonial times.
popular craftsmanship
In the state of Sucre  basket weaving is common, together with doll-making, home-made sweets of all kinds, pottery, and the making of typical musical instruments. Cups made locally of clay and used for “mate”, a typical drink from the region.

Baskets are weaved by hand from coco palm leaves. Dolls are made out of wire and covered with felt, head and body.
Cool nearby mountain valley
Caripe :in a mountain valley up from the coast is a pleasant respite to the coastal heat and the site of coffee and orange plantations. Visitors enjoy the waterfalls of Salto La Payla and Salto El Chorrerón, the view from El Mirador and the hike up Cerro Negro, the highest peak in the region.
Mochima National Park
This National Park stretches from Puerto la Cruz to Cumin. It contains many islands as well as a strip of hilly coast noted for its deep bays and white sandy beaches. Some of the islands are surrounded by coral reefs and offer great snorkeling. The waters are calm, warm and are filled with a variety of marine life.
Trip Reports
2 UK sailors report on their '99 boat trip
"Laguna Grande. This is a large lagoon on Northern shore of the gulf of Cariacou and it is described as a "colossal bay which is breathtakingly beautiful with an endless variety of contrasting hills in whites and glowing reds. ... It is a timeless desert landscape, outstandingly colourful and decorative." Intrigued by this description we had to stop by and see for ourselves. [
3 years of travel  postings  courtesy of my wife’s bank at

CUMANA the capital of El Oriente
The entire northeastern sector of the country is simply referred to as "El Oriente" by Venezuelans - it offers beaches, historic sites and exceptional ecotourism. Venezuelans are great beach lovers, particularly for long weekends.

Cumaná (305,000 inhabitants) is the friendly capital of Venezuela's Sucre State. It is situated at the mouth of the Manzanares river on the Caribbean coast, 402 km east of Caracas. It was the first city to be founded by Europeans on the South American mainland in 1521.

Cumaná is a seaport on the Manzanares River, near the Gulf of Cariaco with  an excellent natural harbor and modern cargo-handling facilities. The chief exports include coffee, tobacco, and sugarcane. Distilleries and plants producing furniture and textiles are located here.

After Amerindian attacks became less of a threat, the city was on several occasions destroyed by earthquakes --  in 1766, 1797, and 1929. Thus, the oldest part of the city is late 17th and 18th century; almost none of the 16th century architecture survived.
It is home to one of five sites for the Universidad del Oriente and a busy maritime city with one of the largest tuna fleets in Venezuela. The city is close to the Mochima National Park, which boasts some of Venezuela's finest beaches.


The city features a wide variety of colonial style architecture  in excellent condition, inlcuding the Spanish fort, the Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia (Castle of Saint Anthony of the Eminence), which can be seen from the beach. Constructed with coral walls in the favored four-pointed star plan, the fort survived earthquakes and pirates and is now favored for the sunset views of the city and the bay, the Golfo de Cariaco. Castillo de Santa Maria de la Cabeza was built in 1669. The Museo del Mar displays marine and maritime artifacts. SANTA INES CHURCH Santa Inés is patron Saint of the city since 1572. Casa Natal de Andrés Eloy Blanco is the home of the poet, one of Venezuela's greatest literary figures. Museo Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho is dedicated to native son General Antonio Jose de Sucre, hero of the Battle of Ayacucho and later the first president of Bolivia

Mochima, a town in the spectacular Mochima National Park, is just 15 minutes from Cumana and has  beautiful beaches like Playa Colorada, with white sands and transparent waters. Great for scuba diving.

Annual Event: Cumana
November: Noches de Antano Festival
A costume parade and festival inspired by nostalgia. Cumana does claim to be the continent's oldest Spanish town [1521], after all.  Art and historical exhibitions, antique cars, old-style songs with music and dance by many groups performing on stages in Plaza Bolivar and the Alcaldia.
Places To Stay -Cumaná  Hotel  Hesperia Cumanagoto 163 rooms , 4 floors.Ave Universidad, Playa San Luis
Cumana 6101 Venezuela Contemporary and tropical design surrounded by rolling meadows, trees and beach - Beach-front.
"You can live it up at this place and never encounter sticker shock....The hotel has six lighted tennis courts (hard courts, overdue for resurfacing, but still playable); and a small golf course...To get into town (to see the castle, etc.), you need a car; a taxi is about $4 each way.
Overall, I definitely recommend this place. It's in very good shape, they seem to care about it and your well-being, and you would
pay much, much more for a top-end place like this elsewhere in the Caribbean Nueva Toledo Suites & Hotel Rooms: 192
Final Avda Univesidad Cumana Venezuela Beach of San Luis tel.293-451-9595
on the San Luis Beach
"Lamentable que unas instalaciones tan bonitas estèn tan abandonadas. La piscina està tan sucia que no la utilizamos ->Lamentable that so pretty facilities estèn so left. The so dirty swimming pool està that we did not use
Hotel Cumanagoto [100 rooms] Ave Universidad, Playa San Luis Cumana 6101 Venezuela tel. 293-430-1400
Casino, Swimming Pool, Golf Course, Fitness Center, Wheelchair Accessible, Spa/Massage, Meeting Facilities, Babysitting, Broadband Access,
The Hotel Cumanagoto is a deserving 5-star resort at the beach just outside the town of Cumana

Hotel Sofitel Cumanagoto
Playa San Luis - Avda. Universidad, Tel:5893321624 5-star on the beach with swimming pool

Marina Cumanagoto 404?
Tel:+58 (0)293 431 1423, VHF Channel 16,72
Marina services and fuel. A useful stop for yachts. Downtown Cumaná is about a mile from the port.
Cumana Airport - (CUM)
By air: Antonio Jose de Sucre very near to the city. The local airport services flights to and from Caracas and Porlamar on Avior
By Bus: The last section of the road from Caracas to Cumana is very bumpy and windy and not worth it if your main destination is the beach and Mochima National Park. Bus service to and from Caracas, Puerto La Cruz, Ciudad Bolívar and Ciudad Guayana and Cueva del Guácharo
By car: From the west it is 1.5
hours from Puerto La Cruz. Go Oriente” (East) by the  “ ruta del sol”
From the south, take the Maturin highway which goes through San Antonio de Maturin, and Cumanacoa before reaching Cumaná.
By water: Ferries to and from Isla de Margarita and Araya on the Peninsula de Araya. (Ferry: Margarita
two hours by fast ferry) These are separate ferries with the one to Araya determined more by the cue than a shedule.
Ferry terminal is at the foot of Av El Islote, several blocks down from the Mercado Municipal. The waterfront is not that safe a place in Cumana, so take a taxi or por puesto. The Gran Cacique hydrofoil fast ferry
 Boats: Marina Cumanagoto has facilities for motor and sail boats.
Golfo de Cariaco
Heading due east is the Golfo de Cariaco, famous for its fish and the blueness of its water. The Gulf of Cariaco has many inlets with small colorful villages and outstanding anchorages. Most significant is Laguna Grande, a large lagoon with many inlets offering snorkeling. Oysters and scallops can be scooped up by hand. The red and green surrounding hills offer challenging hikes to about 1,000 feet. At the easternmost end of the gulf, Colobus monkeys play in the mangroves and scarlet ibis can often be seen flying overhead.

The Gulf of Cariaco is thirty miles long and eight miles wide and offers some of the most protected sailing waters in the Caribbean. The nearby Laguna Grande, apart from its spectacular beauty, is considered one of the safest storm anchorages in the area.

Depth map for Gulf of Cariaco 
Marina Cumanagoto
Lat: N 10º 28' 10" - Lon: W 64º 11' 10"
VHF Channels 22/23
P. O. Box 121, Cumaná, Edo. Sucre Venezuela
Tel: + 58 (293) 400-0547
Marina Cumanagoto, located at the entrance of the Gulf of Cariaco, is the safest hurricane hole in the Caribbean with the low dockage rates.

Araya Peninsula
Araya at the western tip of the Peninsula is a ferry stop for the Cumana-Isla Margarita ferry. The sa;t-water evaporation ponds there are fascinating and the huge beautiful beach often welcomes windsurfers. The large industrial plant is for processing Sacosal salt. High above are the partially restored and never completely destroyed ruins of the Castillo de Santiago de Araya

It is possible to take a ferry across to the Araya Peninsula and the town of Araya.

The western end of the Araya Peninsula is desert, with barren hills softened along the coast by several palm-fringed oasis.  The beaches here are largely deserted and known for excellent shelling and desert landscapes.

Cariaco is the the second oldest town on the continent and off the highway that serves Peninsula de Araya.  

Salinas - these salt pans were discovered by the Spanish in 1499 and have been continuously worked since then. They are Venezuela's greatest salt deposits and open to visitors with a free permit and a guide from ENSAL, the salt mining company. Worth seeing are the natural salinas, the artificial salinas and the processing buildings.
The Castillo de Araya was built on the cliffs in the early 17th century to protect the salinas. After a hurricane flooded the salt lagoon, the fort was abandoned. Built in the 17th Century is largely in ruins, but commands good views over the pleasant hot little town. The Spaniards tried to explode it, but the fort, the most expensive Spanish effort to date, resisted their efforts and all the gunpowder at hand.

Marinas: Golfe de Cariaco & Golfe de Cariaco -  ARAYA PENINSULA - SUCRE STATE
GPS: 10º 32' N - 63º 48 W VHF: Ch, 71
Phone: 0414.993.48.90. - (58) 414.993.48.90. Phone: 0293.808.90.14. - (58)293.808.90.14.

As many boaters do, we anchored in front of Medregal-Village Hotel, built by a Belgian-Frenchman, Jean-Marc Plessy, and his Venezuelan mate, Yoleida. They make you so welcome there that the stay is  wonderful. Boaters can use - free - all the hotel facilities, including the huge swimming pool. The anchorage is in good holding, well protected in 15 feet, and there are two dinghy docks, one at each end of the area.
The Insiders' Guided to Gulf of Cariaco

M&M Marina is about two hours by road from Cumana and Carupano, both these cities offer daily air links to the capital Caracas. M&M Marina is situated on the northern shore of the Gulf of Cariaco in the Sucre state of Venezuela at GPS position 10º 32' N - 63º 48' W.

Marina Cumanagoto 404?
Cumana, Sucre State, Venezuela
Lowest dockage rate. uniformed security guards 24 hours . Full service at fuel dock. Cumaná
Tel:+58 (0)293 431 1423, VHF Channel 16,72
Marina services and fuel. Downtown Cumaná is about a mile from the port.

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