The only real village and most of the population of the Los Roques National Park archipelago reside on its largest island, El Gran Roque. Visitors typically stay in converted fisherman's homes called posadas – which include meals in their rates – while indulging in the top-notch local scuba diving. The island itself is dotted with cacti and mangroves. A lighthouse erected in the late 1800s provides gorgeous views of the three western lagoons, particularly at sunset.
Isla El Gran Roque (ElviajeroMaracaibo, أغسطس 2008)