southflorida wrote:I'll second his information on the wind. And warmth.
It's the trades and they sweep the northern coast of Venezuela for 8 or so months a year. The tree pictured in my avatar was wind-swept by those trades in eastern Venezuela. Those winds built the town of El Yaque on Margarita island (eastern Venezuela) on the windsurfing craze. In 1982 El Yaque was a desolate fishing village, it is now a thriving little town with dozens of small hotels catering to kiters and windsurfers.
Venezuela has tremendous tourism potential for kiters, but until the safety improves substantially, and they get over their silly problems like scarcity of toilet paper and other essentials, then they might be able to take advantage of the wind and focus on tourism.
Adicora, and the entire Paraguana peninsula has the potential to be as good as NE Brazil if it is ever developed. And it is closer to the USA, potentially much easier/quicker to get to. There is certainly no lack of wind.
I don't know about "cheap"...there is little local production of anything. Too much is imported, including now toilet paper, coffee, meats, grains...they have real problems producing enough to feed themselves. Not a surprise considering they are modeling themselves and being guided by Cuba's economic and political model.
The USA doesn't have an ambassador in Venezuela, he was kicked out years ago
oh, did I mention? It is WINDY there!
by the way, it is spelled "Colombia", not "Columbia"!
Yes for a while ( post-3 months after the last election) the toilet paper was a little hard to find but i can assure you we did not have shortages here for ourselves lol !
It is funny to see how the information is transmitted out of here it looks like we are almost starving and dying of hunger !
Well, the were a bit of shortages of flour ( Venezuelans love to eat that corn flour to make their " arepas " and "empanadas" ) but relatively solved.
There are other kind of shortages but nothing that will make people starve. In fact you can eat a very variated food here...
The chicken is a problem now but we still can get it. Anyway there is a variated supply of other meat, fish etc...
I am not Venezuelian ( Canadian ) and i would not stay here if it was that bad i can assure you !
And i am not a Cuban fan as well, nor Chavista ( i do not believe in any politicians or system ).
It is sad that there is so much bad publicity and exagerations, sure there is a crisis but nothing as bad as what is portrayded...
I know Holland kiters who work in Aruba and they come here and love it so much and recommend to people there to come here and tehy still do not understand why there is as much fear about here cause they find it much better than there to kite !
Much much cheaper and easy to come !
Sure it is not the " Hollyday-inn" hôtels but decent !