Given its status as a vacation getaway, Isla de Margarita has plenty of bars and nightclubs. Still, many visitors stick to their all-inclusive resort, which usually features a small collection of bars and a dance club and nightly entertainment revue. Others like to barhop sections of Avenida 4 de Mayo and Avenida Santiago Mariño.

The loudest and most happening scene can be found at Kamy Beach, on Playa Varadero, just outside Pampatar (tel. 0414/794-1188). For a similar vibe, you can try Beach Bar, on Calle El Cristo in the La Caranta section of Pampatar (tel. 0295/267-2392).

If you're looking for something somewhat familiar, Señor Frogs (tel. 0295/262-0451), the popular Mexican chain, has a lively restaurant and bar in the Centro Comercial Costa Azul which turns into a raging dance club most evenings after 11pm, while over in the Sambil Mall, there's a local branch of the Hard Rock Cafe (tel. 0295/260-2400).

For a mellower scene, with a lot more atmosphere, I recommend both Guayoyo Café (tel. 0295/262-4514) and Mykonos Lounge (tel. 0295/267-1850), two side-by-side joints set on a steep cliff overlooking the ocean in Pampatar.

Casino gaming is an option on Margarita, with modern and well-fitted casinos at the Laguna Mar and Marina Bay hotels.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.