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Puerto La Cruz, Barcelona, Guanta and Lechería form a big financial and economic center of eastern Venezuelan.
This touristic zone is also called the Door to Eastern Venezuela. Paseo Colón (Columbus promenade) is the main beach-front strand,from here you can either stroll along the beach and watch the water-taxis come and go with their sunseeker passengers, or view the town's lovely Plaza Bolivar as you prepare your appetite for a nice dinner in one of the many varied restaurants.
The beach at Puerto La Cruz itself is mediocre by Venezuelan standards, but the city has made its name as a staging post to the white sand beaches of the islands just off the coast, most of which are included within Mochima National Park.
The Islands: Near Puerto La Cruz is a group of about 25 barrier islands, all within a short pirogue boat ride from either Puerto La Cruz or one of the many small fishing villages on the coast west of Puerto La Cruz. The islands, although close in distance, are a world away. Stark cliffs rise out of the deep blue sea into a rarefied blue sky. Cool waters offer beautiful snorkeling and a bounty for fishermen. You can visit one of the many beaches or anchor a boat in an isolated cove and see no one but the frigates, pelicans and boobies swooping overhead.
Hire a boat to take a ride to the neighboring islands, such as Las Chimanas, Cachicamo and Borracha.
Puerto La Cruz is the home to oil refineries and is the second largest oil producing region in the country after Zuliaone of the most important in the country. It refines 200,000 barrels per day, and supplies the domestic market as well as Caribbean countries such as Cuba and the Antilles.
Between Barcelona and Puerto La Cruz is the development of El Morro, a vast project initiated in the 1980s. This immense complex built to house thousands of tourists and Venezuelans in condos, apartments and hotels has 12 miles of navigable canals. The complex is home to many marinas and boatyards and is a popular cruising destination for yachtsmen. Many water channels crisscross the complex, affording virtually every dwelling access to the sea. One of the most ambitious developments within el Morro is the Maremares Resort and Spa, originally built by Daniel Camejo. A short dinghy ride away you will find two large shopping malls, five stars hotels, casinos, multiplex cinemas, golf courses, supermarkets and restaurants, all in big city style. The international airport is a 15 minute taxi ride away.
Mochima National Park covers 94,900ha of coastaland marine habitat or 1000sq km. is located in the States of Anzoátegui and Sucre, on the northeastern coast of Venezuela.of Eastern Venezuela. The park is made up of an exclusively marine area in its western sector (Anzoátegui State), a coastal marine area that includes the Gulf of Santa Fé and Mochima Bay, and a mountainous area that covers the Turimiquire Dam watershed (Sucre State).
The mainland portion of the park consists principally of mountainous coastline, mangroves and golden sandy coves. Along the coast, scattered trees, grasses and shrubs predominate the dry terrain. As the land rises to the coastal mountains, the vegetation grows thicker and more exuberant, fostering a wider variety of flora, particularly ferns and orchids. Further inland are waterfalls, clear pools and woodland hiking trails. Resident fauna includes jaguars, sloths, capuchin monkeys, opossums, armadillos, agoutis, iguanas, many species of snake and sea-birds such as gulls, pelicans and frigates. The park has 78 mammal species and about 28 reptile species, including four species of endangered sea turtles. There is no bird checklist for Mochima, but 150 species have been found near the Turimiquire Dam in the south of the park, an area of high bird endemism.
BEACHES: Playa Arapito, Playa Colorada and Playa Santa Fe are the best known of Mochima's beaches.
Playa Blanca - the park's most famous and a beautiful beach with white sand, turquoise water beach and marvelous coral reefs. It offer many services and easy access to the town of Mochima Near the peninsula known as Aceite Castilla, is Manare, a fishermen settlement, lies on the western side of the peninsula, Even closer to town, is Las Maritas with disembarking from the sea.
Though quiet throughout the week, the beaches transform into busy tourist hotspots at weekends. The calm waters are perfect for swimming and fishing boats can be chartered to visit a number of islands and reefs just offshore, which are wonderful for snorkeling and fishing.