Venezuela's Caribbean islets Los Roques Archipelago, Venezuela
If you’re keen to get off the grid, the Caribbean islets of Los Roques are tough to beat. This cluster of 350 islands, cays and atolls is awash with powder-white sand, eye-popping technicolour reefs and dazzling waters coloured in every shade of blue. Declared a national park in 1972, the archipelago has a cap on tourists and restricts development, ensuring the islands remain unspoilt.
El Gran Roque, the largest and only populated island, is dotted with rustic pousadas (hotels), markets and dive shops, yet still retains its local charm. Explore the surrounding islands – you’re spoilt for choice – and enjoy the chance to swim, snorkel and sand-flop in total seclusion. This just might be the paradise you’ve been searching for.
If you’re lucky enough to have your own yacht you can sail to Los Roques. Otherwise, commercial flights take passengers from Caracas, Porlamar (Margarita) or Maracaibo on the Venezuelan mainland.
Because everything has to be imported, the islands are pricier than mainland Venezuela.