We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit
During your stay please take care, there are things to keep in mind when here. As in any major metropolitan area throughout the world there are standard precautions you can take to ensure a pleasant and safe stay.
- Keep all outboard motors locked either to the dinghy or to your boat. Use the bar-type motor lock and/or chain.
- Keep the dinghy chained and locked to the boat or the dock.
- Anything adrift in the dinghy could possibly disappear.
- Whenever you step off the boat be sure to lock it, turn off electrical power and shut off the gas system.
- Never leave the boat open while unoccupied neither at anchor, in a marina or on the hard. Secure all hatches and lock the companionway hatch.
- At night, lock the companionway hatch from the inside.
- Any gear loose topside may disappear.
- Keep all cash, cameras, and good jewelry securely stowed and hidden.
- Do not invite casual visitors aboard; allow access only to personal friends.
- Do not allow casual workmen below deck, except under supervision and in any case first check out their references with the marina office.
- Do not allow workmen below deck when the boat is unattended.
- Be particularly cautious about anchoring in isolated anchorages where there are no other boats around.
- Tap water should be boiled or treated before drinking.
- Electrical supply in Venezuela is prone to blackouts, brown outs and voltage fluctuation; take precautions on board.
- There are certain areas which should be considered as unsuitable for tourists (Venezuelans and foreigners alike). The marina manager can explain this to you.
- In certain other areas it is advisable to travel as a group, in which case hand held radios could be an advantage, especially if someone gets lost.
- If you have a cell phone take it with you but keep it out of site. Preprogram the cell phone with emergency numbers.
- Keep a map with you for reference, but avoid using it in a public place as it identifies you as a tourist.
- It is prohibited to carry arms in Venezuela (fire arms and knives included).
- Pepper sprays and electric paralyzers could be an alternative.
- Never flash a roll of cash on the street in the bank, in a store, a restaurant or anywhere. Carry small amounts of cash in different pockets to pay for "por puestos." taxis, buses etc.
- A legitimate taxi is the safest way to get around.
- Leave your passport safely stowed on the boat.
- Carry a photocopy of the passport on your person at all times.
- Leave your wallet safely stowed on the boat. A bulky wallet is an invitation to pickpockets.
- Don't carry more money than you expect to spend.
- Carry your money in your front pockets.
- Don't carry credit cards unless you intend to use them, and don't carry more than one at a time.
- If you must carry a camera carry it hidden in a opaque plastic shopping bag for example, and show it as little as possible.
- Don't wear a chain or necklace, expensive looking rings, or an expensive watch.
- If you must know the time, wear a cheap plastic watch.
- Don't wear a bulging backpack; or anything else that identifies you as a tourist.
- Don't carry cash or documents in a belly pack when walking through a low-income neighborhood; put it in your pockets.
- Notice how people in town are dressed and try not to look like a rich "yachtie", its better to blend in.
- The less you stand out in a crowd, the less likely anyone is to bother you.
- Ladies are advised to be accompanied when in the street.
- When you go out of the marina we recommend you take a taxi to go downtown.
- Never board a taxi that is not clearly identified with yellow license plates, or the taxi line decal.
- There have been some problems with pirate taxi drivers who have taken tourist to a remote place and robbed them.
- In the event that you suspect you are being followed go to the nearest well lighted public area and call the police.
In case you have a problem or any questions, we recommend you contact the Marina Manager or the Dock Master at your marina. They are always available to help and advise you with any problems. This list is by no means exhaustive and we would be pleased to hear further recommendations to be included.