I am looking into maybe going to Venesuala for TWO weeks at the end of February.
Any advise regarding:
1. Where to relax on the beach for a couple of days
2. Where to have some serious adventure? Rafting/ Mountian hiking or climbing/ mountain biking etc?
I'd like to do more of number 2, but I dont know much about this place, any word?
hi,one of the best beach getaways is to fly to isla la margarita from caracas,bout 80euro,1hr,great hotels,good value.if you go to hotel avila,there's a travel agent lady alongside the main reception,cant remember her name but she was absolutely brilliant!she can organise anything from ranch stays to adventure sports,and she is very honest,even drove me around caracas to show me the right roads when i rented car.organising things in venezuela is quite difficult without good spanish so i found a lady like her invaluable
The correct spelling for my country's name is Venezuela.
You're looking for Isla Margarita, as advised in the previous reply. It has the best mix of beaches/party/adventure probably in the whole Caribbean, is a famous tourist stop and you can easily spend two weeks doing stuff there. Check out these offers for expeditions in Margarita  especially Adventure and Mini-Adventure Venezuela.
Have a nice trip,
Margarita is supposedly pretty nice. I guess you can find real touristy adventure stuff there. As far as beaches alone, my favorite is Choroni. It's kind of off the beaten path, but still touristy enough to have readily available accomodation, excursions, etc. It's on the coastal side of Henri Pittier National Park. I'm not sure how far it is from Caracas (1 hour??) but I live in Valencia, and it is about 3 hours away +/-. The views are spectacular on the way there. Lots of little waterfalls, mountains, vegetation, etc. At the beach, you can camp overnight. The water is CRYSTAL clear, and it is bordered by cool mountain/rock formations.
I also love Morrocoy National Park. It is a park made up of hundreds of small keys. Basically, you can rent a chauffered boat which will take you to the key of your choice, where you can chill on the island or wade around in the water till sunset. There are tons of possibilities, and Chichiriviche is only a short distance down the highway, which has it's own list of things to offer. There are plenty of hotels and posadas which offer packages like beach trips, snorkeling, horseback riding, and other excursions. There is also a great windsurfing spot (they also have paddleboats, lol) called Punta Brava, which is really the only noteworthy beach accesible by foot/car in Tucacas (the town where you'd stay if you want to visit Morrocoy) Try looking at venezuelaventura.com. I hear that they can help with excursion packages... of course you can always see venezuela-tuya.com. They are always a good resource.
As I said, I live in Valencia. For day trips. I go to Tucacas (Morrocoy) or Pto. Cabello. The only decent beaches in pto. cabello that I know of are Las Rosas (which is BIG, and ok) or Patanemo, which I really like, but some consider not-so-good. I love it though. It's close to home, the water is nice, good for surfing, and it's relatively small. It's kind of like Choroni, except that sometimes the water is darker... bigger waves.
Anyway, I'm pretty much rambling on, but that is my 2 cents re: beaches. I can't really help you on the adventure sports side of things as I am pretty much a lie on the beach kind of girl, lol.
Have fun!! Feel free to PM me with any specific questions.