7 (Moderately Dangerous) Caracas Day Trips
We were living in Caracas, Venezuela, the most dangerous city in the world , but that didn’t mean we were going to sit in our apartment hoping for a coup.
So we bought a car: A theoretical 2 hour drive from Caracas, this large, gated compound / posada is secluded and on a huge, beautiful, and clean swath of oceanfront property (seven total beaches) that you can stroll safely day and night. If you’ve never been someplace truly dangerous, you can’t imagine what a relief this is. Sietemares is often completely booked months in advance, and for good reason. Living in Caracas, there are precious few places that you can go take a nap and let the teens take off unprotected – this is one of them. There are also movie nights on the lawn, beach bonfires…and enough space between the townhouse style lodgings that couples and families alike get peace and quiet. The long hilly walk down the gravel oceanview road is littered with sculptures, and there will be frozen pina coladas at the little outdoor tiki bar when you return. There is no better place to feel a million miles away from Caracas.insured it against…everything: and set about exploring what we could of Venezuela within driving distance of our home in Caracas. Is it easy to road trip in Venezuela? Mmm, let’s just say that preparation, enthusiasm for the unexpected, and no small amount of optimism are required. Your reward is escaping the bustle of Caracas and seeing the Venezuela news outlets don’t report on. Here are my favorite day and weekend destinations.
- All inclusive – just turn up for mealtimes at the open-air, ocean-view restaurant, no wallet needed
- Kid / family friendly but romantic enough for couples
- Excellent outdoor massages and foofy tropical cocktails in the pool
- Lovely packed lunches provided for island hopping days
- Hammocks and twinkly lights, outdoor living rooms, and starry nights.
- El Cine – outstanding tapas in a swanky but family friendly multi-level restaurant.
- Hatillo Burger – decent burgers and cheap beer with a view over the square.
- Feria Artesenal de Haansi – local handcrafted souvenirs, cigars, chocolates, and coffee.
- Cacaoni Lodge – A modern, riverfront eco-posada where every room has an outdoor shower and hot tub – and all meals are included. Note: impossible to find. Get on the phone with reception as soon as you are in town and have them talk you in.
- Madera Fina Restaurant – Open air fine dining restaurant on the coast. Everything here is good and the service is excellent.
- Playa Grande – There is no describing the Venezuelan beach experience, really. It’s a bit intense if what you’re looking for is peace and quiet. Families from all walks of life rent chairs, buy food from the strolling vendors (and beer), and bob about in the water all day long. It can be a madhouse, but it’s lots of fun.
While living in Caracas was challenging, every one of these places was relatively safe, unbelievably beautiful, and very Venezuelan.
Pro Tip:While we had no major problems on our trips, I urge you to take very serious precautions if attempting to visit while the country is suffering and in turmoil. Also, Google’s drive times are not accurate for mountain drives or Sunday afternoon/evening returns to the city.
- If you’re in a Caracas traffic jam, snacks will be available for purchase from strolling vendors.
- Gas is almost free.
- You’ll probably get there just fine.
Less good stuff:
- Rifle toting soldiers patrolling…
- Un-maintained roads through…
- Barrios powered by networks of extension cords
- and traffic jams so bad that you need to buy snacks from the strolling vendors.