Choroni Beach

Choroni Beach is situated 80 kilometers west of Venezuela’s capital city Caracas and offers a welcome respite from the frenetic pace of city life. The beach itself is actually called Playa Grande but is often referred to as Choroní beach because of its proximity to the colonial village of the same name. This tropical paradise is one of Venezuela’s best beaches. The semi-circular beach is all golden sand and azure waters framed by the lush vegetation of Henri Pittier National Park. This is truly untouched beach territory as there are no structures on the beach itself unless you are counting a few beach chairs and umbrellas. There are also no high-rise hotels to contend with as accommodation consists of converted colonial houses in pastel shades on pretty tree-lined streets. The town is charming, colorful and very peaceful.

Getting there

Choroni is 50 km from Maracay, the nearest town. Maracay does not have a commercial airport. The nearest airports are Maiquetía’s Simón Bolívar Airport and Valencia’s International Airport Arturo Michelena. Nearby Caracas also receives international flights from many destinations in Europe and the United States. Maracay can be reached by local flight or by car using one of the many well-maintained highways. From Maracay, you will have to travel through the cloud forest mountains of the Henri Pittier National Park. Those who do dare to undertake the two-hour-single-lane-drive by bus, taxi or private rental will find the destination well worth the effort.