About Playa La Punta, El Coche
Playa La Punta perches on the northwest tip of Coche Island (Isla de Coche), one of three Venezuelan islands surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. Situated in between Margarita and Venezuela’s north coast, the island was famously discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498.
This spot has great conditions all year round, with the best time to visit being from January to June. You will be smiling from ear to ear when you first experience the pristine 2km sandy beach with its pumping trade winds, super-flat waters, and tropical temperature. Coche is quite a dry place, unlike many of the other Caribbean islands that suffer from heavy rainy seasons. And this happy meteorological accident means the kitesurfing action never has to stop.
The wind is offshore, predominantly blowing northeasterly, although occasionally southeasterly – however, this needn’t be a problem, as there are plenty of rescue boats in the area. As these do charge a small fee, it probably makes sense to arrange something before you go out on the water, to avoid negotiating whilst bobbing around in the sea. The warm water temperature means there is no need for a wetsuit, no matter what time of year.
Traveling to Playa La Punta, El Coche
From Porlamar airport, you need to make your way to El Yaque by either bus or taxi, from where it is about a half hour ferry trip to El Coche. The ferry docks at La Punta, from where it is a further 8km to Playa La Punta. It’s a good idea to hire a car, which can be taken across on the ferry, and then enables you to tour the island and check out different kitesurf spots.
Facilities At Playa La Punta, El Coche
There are various hotels dotted along the beach, so accommodation is not a problem, and there are also bars, cafes, and a local surf shop. You can arrange boat trips, jet skiing, and yacht trips to Los Roques and Tortuga, but the most fun is to had in the water – this is, after all, one of the best-known kitesurf destinations in the world.