Budget Beaches

by Sarah Tuff

Los Roques, Venezuela

The isolated islands of Los Roques, in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela, contain all the ingredients for a first-class beach vacation: a host of deserted islets to choose from, a comfortable chair, an umbrella, a picnic, and a boat to whisk you around. Oh, and a charming waterfront posada to provide it all for you. We suggest Posada El Botuto, located on the only developed island in the chain, Gran Roque. We use the term "developed" lightly: It has no cars, for one thing, and the entire atoll is actually a large national park, with countless deserted stretches of sand to plop down on. If you're restless, you can also catch bonefish, kiteboard, snorkel, sail, and dive for botuto, or king conch. But leave your cell at home—the other beach bonus is it won't work out here.

Fly Buy: Venezuela is mostly a business destination, so a Saturday stay-over helps to keep airfare prices down. Try the Colombian airline, Avianca, for good deals (800-284-2622; www.avianca.com). The 45-minute flight from Caracas, Venezuela, to Los Roques costs about $160 round-trip; arrange it through Venezuelan Explore Partners (58-212-635-2166; www.explorepartners.com).

Posada El Botuto
Tel: 58 416 621 0381
Double rooms, including breakfast and boat trip from $115

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