Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Caribbean's treasure Los Roques to be nationalised

by Sail-World Cruising round-up on 10 Oct 2011
Los Roques - idyllic unspoiled anchorages for cruising sail boats SW
Some of the remotest islands in the Caribbean are the most precious. In an area most distinguished by rampant commercialism, it is those that have remained almost totally undeveloped which are a reminder of what once was.

Los Roques, just 90 miles north of the Venezuelan mainland is one of these, and a favourite of long range cruising sailors.

President Chavez has announced that he aims to nationalize the islands for budget tourism and 'productive activities like fishing'.


Venezuela president Hugo Chavez's policy of nationalising strategic private businesses has taken a new twist with his announcement that his government will expropriate the existing hotels and holiday homes on the islands.


The president plans to turn Los Roques, a national park and an idyllic archipelago of deserted beaches of perfect white sand with swaying palms and dazzling coral reefs, into a state-run getaway for his country's urban poor.

Speaking on national television, he said that yachts and speedboats confiscated from fugitive bankers would be used to transport holidaymakers from the mainland. 'There are some houses there that were illegally built. We are going to expropriate them.'


Talking by phone link he added that the archipelago, a national park, had in effect been privatised by Venezuelan and foreign members of 'the upper bourgeoisie'.

Los Roques was declared a protected area in 1972 and it is unclear why local authorities permitted any private properties on the islands, effectively allowing the archipelago to become one of Latin America's most exclusive beach destinations. Los Roques is a paradise for bird watchers, snorkellers and scuba-divers - and cruising sailors.


During his 12 years at the helm, Mr. Chávez has taken over large swaths of land and expropriated scores of companies as part of his self-styled '21st century socialist revolution.' However, this would be the first time that Mr Chavez has targeted private homes.

RS Sailing 660x82NaiadInsun - AC Program

Related Articles

Coast Guard Foundation activates Disaster Relief and Response Fund
The Coast Guard Foundation has been working tirelessly to help those affected by Hurricane Irma and Harvey The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today the activation of its Disaster Relief and Response Fund to assist Coast Guard Members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Posted on 19 Sep
Tropical storm warning in effect
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within warning area within 36 hours A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for the area from Watch Hill, Rhode Island, to Hull, Massachusetts, including Block Island, Martha`s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Posted on 19 Sep
Coast Guard readies for Jose, cautions mariners
Coast Guard units across the Northeast are accelerating preparations Monday ahead of forecasted tropical storm condition Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crews are flying storm tracks and using marine radios to warn offshore boaters of the approaching heavy weather and recommending they seek safe haven.
Posted on 19 Sep
Oceanis – 2018 set to be a prolific year
Alongside the new Oceanis51.1, Beneteau announced four new Oceanises to satisfy a broad range of aspirations this autumn 30 years on, the best known range in the world continues to show its vitality. Alongside the new Oceanis 51.1, which won over the experts at its first sea trials, Beneteau has announced four new Oceanises to satisfy a broad range of aspirations this autumn.
Posted on 15 Sep
Coast Guard provides tips to boaters in preparation for Hurricane Irma
Mariners should take precautions to ensure their personal safety should a storm or hurricane approach. The United States Coast Guard urges everyone to monitor Hurricane Irma and make early preparations to protect themselves and their boats. Securing boats prior to landfall of a hurricane is one of the first steps to prepare. Mariners should take precautions to ensure their personal safety should a storm or hurricane approach.
Posted on 8 Sep
Tips to keep safe with Hurricane Irma from Shurhold
Shurhold wants to keep you safe with approaching Hurricane Irma. The storm has already caused catastrophic damage Shurhold wants to keep you safe with approaching Hurricane Irma. The storm has already caused catastrophic damage through the Caribbean and is taking aim at Florida.
Posted on 8 Sep
Miami-Dade orders coastal evacuation as Hurricane Irma threatens
More than 100,000 Miami-Dade residents were instructed to leave their homes on barrier islands The Miami Herald reports on the mandatory evacuations for residents in parts of Miami-Dade county and how this impacts on gridlock issues, but also describes how the eva zone could expand as Irma approaches. If you think you can go, you probably should...
Posted on 8 Sep
4 Days – How much time boaters have to prepare for Irma
While it’s difficult to determine landfall, BoatUS urges boaters, marinas and clubs to use the valuable time to prepare According to the National Hurricane Center, Florida may have up to four days to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, a “potentially catastrophic Category 5” storm now approaching the Leeward Islands.
Posted on 6 Sep
Coast Guard emphasizes boating, water safety over Labor Day weekend
The Coast Guard encourages anyone headed out to the water this weekend to take several precautionary steps beforehand. It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. There are stringent penalties for violating BUI/BWI laws, which can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges and jail terms. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
Posted on 2 Sep
Coast Guard Foundation activates fund to assist Coast Guard members
Coast Guard Foundation’s relief program was established 12 years ago in the wake of the devastation by Hurricane Katrina The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today the activation of its Disaster Relief and Response Fund to assist Coast Guard Members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Posted on 31 Aug