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$$$$-Very Expensive

Margarita Venezuelan resort off northeast coast, famous for pearls, pirates, pleasures. Isthmus joins green mountainous island to more arid one. Large resorts in and near Porlamar; tourists, mostly Venezuelan, attracted by beaches, low prices, duty-free shopping. $$. Spanish. Tip: Take boat through beautiful mangroves of La Restinga Lagoon National Park.

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