NASA Space Photos of
In addition to these NASA satellite photos
you can also go to the new Google satellite images
and play around with
While the final resolution is not all that clear it is a really great
way to see
Margarita Island up close.
Araya Peninsula, Margarita Island, Venezuela Winter/Spring 1998 This
northeast-looking view shows the large island of Margarita, the Araya Peninsula,
and the Gulf of Cariaco. Margarita Island has an area of 444 sq. miles (1150 sq.
km) and is the top of a submerged mountain range that parallels the Venezuelan
coast. Its chief city is Porlamar (barely discernible), located on the southeast
side of the island. In 1969, the island was developed as a free port offering
extensive tourist facilities. Tourism is now one of the leading industries of
the island. The two islands to the south of Margarita Island are Cubagua
(smaller) and Coche. The Araya Peninsula is actually an extension of the Paria
Peninsula, further east, comprising the Northern Mountain Range. The Gulf of
Cariaco to the south of the Araya Peninsula is an arm of the Caribbean Sea. The
city of Cumana (bottom center) is the oldest existing European settlement in
Playa El Agua
is on the North East coast of the Island.
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