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Margarita Island, Venezuela

Margarita Island is the largest island of the Nueva Esparta State in Venezuela, and is situated in the Caribbean Sea, off the northeastern coast of the country. Its primary industries are tourism, fishing and construction. The population currently is about 420,000. The biggest city on Margarita Island is Porlamar, known for its commercial center; it flourishes with shops and good restaurants. Margarita Island can usually be reached by ferry or by airplane, as the Santiago Marino International Airport is located 25 kilometers away from the city of Porlamar. Its status as a duty-free port and proximity to the mainland make it one of the top vacation spots. The beach of Playa Puerto Cruz is one of the most popular with tourists.