In august 2009 we booked the Lti Costa Caribe Beach Hotel for 3 weeks. When we arrived they gave, after a long procedure of checking in, a room in the front line by the sea. It is not a 4 star hotel, but it is ok. Our room was big, clean, but the hotel definitely needs to be renovated. We got room on the ground floor with big terrace. Couple of times we even find cockroaches in our room, but when we shut the ventilating fan in the bathroom, we didn't have any more problems with cockroaches.
The biggest problem for was the pool - very low level of water. The HIGHEST level of the water in the pool was around 60 or 70 cm - to the middle of my leg!!! Helloooooo?! The beach is nice, with security guard. The beach is on the Atlantic ocean, a bit colder and more waves than other beach on the island.
On weekends a lot of local guests come into the resort and then it is terribly crowded in the hotel, especially in the restaurant. The food got a bit repetitive after a while, however most of times you could find something you liked.
Staff is another issue. Most of the staff doesn't speak English, so I wish you a lot of luck in communication with them. I must say that the animators in the hotel were very good and during the 3 weeks stay (and we watched show every night) all shows were different and excellent.
There are a lot of iguanas and lizard, but there are harmless. The parrots were lovely too. There were also stray dogs on the beach, but they didn’t bother anyone, they were just looking for some shade, usually under my sun bed.
We took a rent a car for 3 days and explore the whole island - we didn't have any problems with the police or somebody else during our trip by car. But you have to be careful on the road, because they are strange drivers. We also went to Delta Orinoco (jungle) and the trip was magnificent.
Advice: Do not change your money into bolivars at the airport, bank, and hotel reception - you better go to the town to a decent restaurant or bar and ask the waiter in the restaurant, cafe, etc., if he knows somebody who can change the money into bolivars - they don't speak English, but trust me, they will understand what do you want. They always (that was our experience) know somebody who does change the money - the official rate in august 2009 for 100 euro was 220 bolivars, not official rate (so called black market) in the restaurant was around 600 bolivars. It is a big difference. But do not, I repeat DO NOT, change the money on the street, even if somebody approaches to you and offers you a good rate.
The departure from Isla Margarita was something special. When we arrived to the airport first our luggage were searched by army - you have to open your luggage and they search everything (they are looking for drugs!!) At the check in you have to pay the departure tax - in august 2009 the departure tax was 60 euro per person. Keep in mind your luggage weight - we paid for 10 extra kilos 100 dollars. Then we had hand luggage screening via machine and body search and then immigration to show passport. In the waiting room there was couple of random calls out for a passenger to have luggage rechecked by police (they are looking for drugs!!) - we were called in we had to go to one small room, where were couple of policeman and soldiers and we had to put our hands in some kind of white powder and after that we could leave.
Margarita Venezuela is very nice island and I will come back, but not to this hotel
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lti Costa Caribe Beach
- Costa Caribe