Venezuela is a country in South America, with a coast that spans across the Caribbean Sea-North Atlantic divide. Colombia and Guyana are its neighbors on either side of the coast. Brazil locks it in from the landward side. The climate varies from tropical heat and humidity along the coast to lush greenery and heavy rainfall in the Highlands and the Venezuelan Andes. Around 2.10 million of the country’s 29 million population live in its coastal capital Caracas. Get a car for hire in Venezuela to explore Caracas, Coro, Puerto la Cruz, and other popular tourist destinations.
The best place to start a tour of Caracas attractions is at Plaza Bolivar, where the main landmark is the Federal Capitol building. Get a car for rent in Venezuela and head for the National Pantheon near Plaza Bolivar. Also nearby is Parque Central Complex, with its high-rise buildings, museums, shops, and the Teresa Carreno Cultural Center. Another must-visit attraction is the Simon Bolivar birthplace house. The San Francisco Church has historic and architectural significance. If you have time, visit the Caracas Cathedral and the huge Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim Mosque.
Santa Ana de Coro, better known just as Coro, is an old port city dating back to 1527. It served as the first capital of Venezuela. There are enough old cobbled streets and colonial buildings for it to be declared as a protected UNESCO world heritage site. One of the star attractions is the 16th century Catedral Basílica de Santa Ana. Do not miss the Church and Convent of San Francisco, also from the 16th century. Casa del Sol and Casa de las Ventanas de Hierro are 17th century mansions. The Coro Art Museum is housed in the Balcón de Bolívar building. Arco de la Federación is a monument dedicated to General Falcon.
Puerto la Cruz is a seaside beach resort about 4 hours and 10 minutes’ drive from Caracas. It is a nice long drive along the coast on the Autopista Barcelona-Piritu, most of which passes through or alongside national parks. You will be going past the El Avila, Guatopo and Laguna de Tacarigua national parks before you reach Puerto Pintu, Barcelona and Puerto la Cruz. The most famous beach in this area is Playa Colorada. Puerto la Cruz is a famous party town which attracts thousands of young tourists for its hot nightlife, bars, and night clubs with a sizzling vibe.
The drives from Caracas to Barcelona and Coro are nice enough, but they cover only the coast. This is a large and diverse country with a lot more to see and do inland. Book your car rental in Venezuela right now and plan for an exploration of the rest of the country. On the way to Coro, you can stop by at Maracay, Valencia, and perhaps Puerto Cabello. You can drive or fly to Ciudad Bolivar, which is the gateway city for visitors heading for Angel Falls in the Canaima National Park.
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