When one thinks of the ultimate in luxury holiday breaks, the Caribbean may spring to mind immediately; after all the region is a paradise of sun kissed islands whose shores are caressed by warm azure sea waters and often blessed with a backdrop of gently swaying palms, magnificent mountains and inhabited by friendly and welcoming people. But would you consider the Caribbean region to be one where environmental consciousness is at the forefront of tourism development, where sustainability and ecological concerns dominate current property and hotel developer thinking for example?
Perhaps not – but there is a corner of the Caribbean where a successfully emerging holiday market is being carefully crafted to ensure that the biodiversity, stunning natural landscape and environmental preciousness of the location is protected, preserved and even enhanced. Surprisingly perhaps, this corner of the Caribbean is Isla Margarita, the off shore tourism paradise belonging to one of the world’s largest oil producers, namely Venezuela.
When one thinks of Venezuela it’s unlikely one would think of the nation as having a green conscience, and yet one would be oh so wrong, because Venezuela’s president and government are totally committed to the preservation of the nation’s perfection and beauty – no matter what it may cost the likes of mining and oil extraction companies. The president Hugo Chavez recently stated: “we are an oil producing country and that obligates us to take even more care of the environment-on an extreme level-and to avoid contamination, and to reduce contamination in all areas: earth, water and air.” And nowhere are his green policies more evident than on the island of Isla Margarita, which is central and absolutely key to the entire nation’s travel and tourism generated GDP.
The island was one of the first parts of the entire country to benefit from complete water treatment coverage for example, and today the local authorities are working hard to enhance water supplies through the use of desalination plants and wells, and to preserve this incredibly important natural asset by encouraging the careful development of all tourism related amenities and facilities. Constructors of the new luxurious resorts that Isla Margarita is becoming famous for, such as the Caracola Beach and Spa Resort on the outskirts of the beautiful and vibrant city of Porlamar, have been challenged with the task of constructing in an eco sensitive way, of making properties for sale thermally efficient, of harnessing and utilising the sunshine that Isla Margarita has in abundance for solar power…
Mark Andrew from Emerging Earth, experts on the development of Isla Margarita as a luxury Caribbean travel destination comments: “developments such as the Caracola Beach and Spa Resort are indeed fulfilling the environmental and ecological objective as laid out by the forward thinking Venezuelan government. The properties for sale and rent within the development use the latest and best construction methods and materials, what’s more, the development itself, like the other five star resorts on the island, utilises rather than abuses the natural attributes that Isla Margarita has in abundance.”
With this level of commitment to the preservation of the island, made famous for the perfect pearls that explorers found off its shores hundreds of years ago, Isla Margarita’s stunning national parks, white sandy beaches and abundance of rare and incredible flora and fauna such as its sea horses and flamingos, hawks and pelicans will be safe from insensitive over development and from unethical tourism. As we are all being encouraged increasingly to do what we can to preserve this amazing planet of ours, it’s good to know that there are nations taking their responsibilities very seriously, and passing on their own principles and ideologies to everyone from the property developer behind a luxurious beach and spa resort, to the visitors which are ever increasing in number year after year in Isla Margarita.

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