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Given its status as a national park, building is extremely regulated and limited on Los Roques. The 50 or so posadas on Gran Roque are all small and usually have between 3 and 10 rooms. A great majority of the posadas are owned and managed by Italians, to the point that you might imagine you're in Sardinia. Rooms are at a premium, and the posadas fill up fast on weekends and during holiday periods.

Most of the posadas on Los Roques are all inclusive, which means they provide breakfast and dinner at the lodge, as well as a day trip to one of the outlying cays, with a packed lunch. In some cases, alcoholic beverages are included in the price; in others, they cost extra. Many posadas offer a 2-day/1-night package, taking advantage of the early flights in and late-afternoon departures out of Gran Roque. With this package, you'll get lunch and a tour on both days.

Note: While true for much of the country, prices in Los Roques are almost exclusively pegged to hard currencies, either dollars or euros, with the bolívar fuerte conversion done at black-market rates. For example, if a posada charges $100 per day, the price in BsF will be roughly BsF520, which then converts to $242 at the official exchange rate. The bottom line is that if you use dollars, you pay $100; if, however, you use a credit card, you'll be charged $242.

Expensive -- In addition to the places listed in this guide, Posada Cayo Luna (tel. 0237/221-1272; www.posadacayoluna.com), Posada La Cigala (tel. 0414/236-5721; www.lacigala.com), and Posada La Gaviota (tel. 0414/324-2092; www.posadalagaviota.com) are other excellent options in this price range. Similarly, the well-run Caracol Group (tel. 237/221-1049; www.caracolgroup.com) has two pretty posadas, and one live-aboard boat in Los Roques.

Moderate -- In addition to the option reviewed in the listings, Posada Guaripete (tel. 0212/286-4932; www.posadaguaripete.com) offers clean rooms, all but one with air-conditioning.

Inexpensive -- Los Roques has few true budget options. You'll find a couple of rather rustic posadas around the Plaza Bolívar. If your looking for a less expensive option, Posada Doña Magalis (tel. 0414/287-7554; www.magalis.com) and Posada El Botuto (tel. 0416/621-0381; www.posadaelbotuto.com) are your best bets.

You can also camp on Gran Roque and a few of the other cays. You'll need a permit, which is issued free by Inparques from its office at the western end of town. A few of the isolated cays are open to campers; ask at Inparques for the current list. Be forewarned: The few shops and general stores on Gran Roque have very limited supplies and often run out of even the most basic goods. If you plan on camping, come prepared. If you camp on any other island, you'll have to bring all your own food and water and make firm arrangements in advance to be picked up at a specific time on a specific day. Also, remember it gets very hot here, and many tents only increase the heat.

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.