Venezuela´s largest marine park
Los Roques is bonefishing Paradise
The weather and the lack of crowds make this destination among the best bonefishing waters in the world.
El Parque Nacional Archipelago Los Roques is bonefishing paradise. The weather, the local people, and the lack of crowds make this national park among the best bonefishing destinations in the world. Experienced anglers can usually land and release ten or more bonefish in a single day. Most Los Roques bonefish, or “pez ratón” as the locals call them, average three to six pounds, although anglers can expect shots at larger fish in the double-digit range! The majority of the flats in the archipelago have hard bottoms, which make the area perfect for wading; much of the fishing in these areas is done on foot. Since many of the areas in the archipelago are either closed or carefully regulated as part of the national park, many of the area flats rarely see fishermen or flies. Each day on Los Roques you will have the option of fishing a variety of different areas. You can choose to wade the large ―classic-style‖ bonefish flats, the area‘s famous pancake flats, or miles of white sand beaches, where large bonefish coral schools of minnows and baitfish, eating with a reckless abandon seldom associated with bonefish!
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.
Los Roques was originally settled by Indians some 900 years ago. Colonization began some years later on Isla “El Gran Roque”, after Margariteño fishermen discovered the rich waters of the area. Today, almost all the population of Los Roques lives on the island of “El Gran Roque”, where the guest accommodations and airstrip are located. Just three sandy streets wind between colorful family homes, tiny stores, and the island‘s posadas (inns).
The central Plaza Bolívar is ground zero for all community celebrations and the place for lively social gatherings. The local population of 1,500 people and 240 dwellings absorb more than 50,000 visitors a year, many of them day-visitors who come here from Caracas and the mainland. While there are not an abundance of stores and shopping opportunities on the island, there are a number of small boutiques, gift shops and souvenir shops located throughout the town.