Situated just eleven degrees above the Equator and approximately 80 nautical miles north of Caracas, Los Roques is an archipelago encompassing forty-two coral reef islands and hundreds of sandy cays or islets.
The archipelago of Los Roques is probably the best known of Venezuela’s Caribbean islands and arguably one of Venezuela’s most beautiful sights. Los Roques is an archipelago encompassing forty-two coral reef islands and hundreds of sandy cays or islets. These islands are edged with brilliant white sand (at low tide) and finger-like sandbars protrude into the turquoise sea. The waters over the surrounding coral gardens are crystal clear, providing fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Because this reef is home to a wide variety of seabirds and rich aquatic life, the Venezuelan government declared Los Roques a National Park in 1972, limiting commercial development and preserving the natural beauty of the area for years to come. Since attaining national park status, all building and development on the islands has ceased, and construction is limited to converting existing structures.