Island name: Isla Blanquilla.
Country name: Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela (VE).
Languages: Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects.
Population: Isla Blanquilla is an uninhabited island.
Climate: tropical; hot, humid.
Area: 65 sq km.
Coastline: 55 km.
Geographic coordinates: 11° 51' 12'' N, 64° 35' 55''
Highest point: 30 m above the sea.
Location: 90 km north of Isla Margarita and about 300 km
northeast of Caracas.
Size: 9.5 km long and 8.5 km wide.
Overview: La Blanquilla (span. Isla La Blanquilla) is an uninhabited
island in the Caribbean Sea. It lies about 90 km north of Isla Margarita
and about 300 km northeast of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Blanquilla
has beaches of sugar white powder sand, for which it is named, and crystal
clear waters. It and is one of the federal dependencies of Venezuela. La
Blanquilla's coastline is about 55 km long and has an area of 64,53 sqare
km. The maximum height is about 30 m above sea level. Its reefs are notable
for their black coral and a popular dive site. The island's wildlife
include local cacti and iguanas, as well as wild donkeys and goats.
Activities: sailing, diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing.
Average tourist arrivals: no day tours or mass tourism
to spoil the nature.
Electricity: 110 Volts, 60 cycles. American two-pin plugs are
Entry Requirements: VE: a passport is required valid for at least
six months, but a visa is not necessary if entering on a completed Tourist
Entry Card, which is valid for a touristic stay of up to 90 days. No special
vaccinations are required, although those traveling to the jungle should
consult their physician as to whether or not they need protection from
yellow fever and malaria.
Extension of stay: not possible.
Health: There are no vaccination requirements for Venezuela.
Telephone: country code - 58.
Costs of living: very moderate.
Credit cards: VE: There are ATMs in the cities (however some
travellers have experienced problems using them), and most credit cards,
including MasterCard/Eurocard, American Express and Visa, are accepted
in major cities. Travelers’ checks are not recommended. Visitors are also
warned that there is a serious problem with credit card fraud.
Currency: Venezuela's new currency is the Bolivar Fuerte (VEF),
which replaced the Bolivar (VEB) in January 2008. US dollars are the most
favoured foreign currency
Inflation rate (consumer prices): VE: 29.9% (1998).
Tipping: VE: Tipping is at the discretion of the client and not
obligatory. A ten percent service charge is usually added to restaurant
bills. Taxis require no tips, but it is customary to give baggage handlers
a tip of $1USD per bag.
Ferry Service: none.
Ports and harbors: none. Las Aves can be reached by charter boat
from Los Roques, but most visiting yachts sail between Bonaire and the
Ethnic groups: VE: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German,
African, indigenous people.
Government type: VE: federal republic.
Legal system: VE: open, adversarial court system; has not accepted
compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.
Literacy: VE: 91.1% (male: 91.8%, female: 90.3%).
Religions: VE: nominally Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%.
Agriculture products: fish.
GDP per capita: VE: $13,000 (2009 est.).
Natural resources: none.
Unemployment rate: VE: 7.9% (2009 est.).