Top 10 Things to Do and See in Carúpano, Venezuela

Amanda Chain

Originally a trading and shipping center for the Paria region, Carúpano, Venezuela, has a rich and varied history dating back to 1647. The region is famous for its seafood, cacao crops and rum; first-rate products which it exports to Europe by the boatload every year. Here are the top 10 things to do and see in this bustling and beautiful part of the world.

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Experience The Carúpano Carnaval

Every year Carúpano Carnaval is an extravaganza of music and movement attracting over 400,000 visitors. If you’re making a trip here for the festival then expect pulsating steel drums, rhythmic salsa beats and plenty of rum in every direction. Recently declared an official Event of Regional Tourist Interest in 2014, the celebration is held 40 days before Easter, for four whole days. Characterized by flamboyant floats and street parties, the women here in bright and beautifully decorated costumes steal the show.

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Visit Venezuela’s “Most Perfect Beach”, Playa Medina

Playa Medina is a tranquil bay of beach bliss, with its calm, crystal water, coconut trees, golden sands and rustic reed huts quite rightly earning it the unofficial title of Venezuela’s “most perfect beach”. More of a tourist spot than local hang out, the sandy stretch sits 25 km to the east of Carúpano and boasts some of the best empanada vendors in the region. The beach is protected by the local authorities in order to preserve all of its natural and wild beauty, and offers visitors a picturesque accommodation option in the form of beachfront “cabañas”.

Playa Medina, Vía Carúpano, Playa Medina, Venezuela

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See Carúpano’s Historic Homes

Just a block from the beach in Carúpano you’ll find many historic and interesting homes. A particular favorite is the La Casa del Cable, the house where the first telegraph cable linking Europe and South America was laid in 1896. The building later housed the first computer with internet access in the Paria region, and now uses its reputation as a place of technological advancement to gain support from the local community, and operate as a popular culture center. It focuses on supporting environmental education and hosts self-help programs for rural communities in the region.

La Casa del Cable, Callejon Sta Rosa, Carúpano, Venezuela

Take A Trip To Río Caribe

Río Caribe is a colorful fishing town located 22 kilometers from Carúpano, home to a vibrant atmosphere and incredibly friendly locals. Once the dynamic heart of the cacao trade, the old seaside fishing port still attracts a number of visitors to the region every year. Remnants of the town’s colonial past are everywhere, with rustic haciendas lining the southern slopes and Gothic architecture marking where the old center plaza used to be. There is the option to take a tour of the local coffee plantations to learn how coffee is created, an enthralling activity taking visitors on a journey through the picturesque Venezuelan cacao fields.

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Boat Tour Around The Paria Peninsula

The Paria Peninsula is a breathtaking stretch of land separating the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Paria, and there is no better way to see it than by boat. Glide along the water to view a number of beautiful coastal beaches, and if you look hard enough, you may even be able to see the tip of Trinidad. Many guesthouses in Carúpano offer affordable tours, and a number of operators handily leave from nearby Río Caribe and Playa Medina. Plan to be sailing the sea at sunset, if you can, as the views are stunning.

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