Despite the fact that most visitors to Isla de Margarita stay at all-inclusive resorts, there are a host of restaurants around the island. Many of the beaches have simple restaurants on or close to the sand; they're great options for a lunch of fresh fish, lobster, or pabellón, the Venezuelan national dish consisting of shredded beef, rice, beans, and fried plantains.

Tip: Even if you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, I recommend heading out on the town to any of the restaurants recommended below, at least once or twice during your stay.

In addition to the places listed in the guide, El Rancho de Pablo, Avenida Raúl Leoni, Porlamar (tel. 0295/263-1121), and La Isla, Bulevard Turístico, Playa El Agua (tel. 0295/249-0035), are two excellent open-air waterfront restaurants specializing in fresh local seafood, while Il Positano, Calle Fermín and Calle Tubores, Porlamar (tel. 0295/264-1110), is a good choice for Italian. Both El Rancho de Pablo and Il Positano have sister restaurants in the Sambil Mall.

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.