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If you go: Los Roques

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Globe Correspondent / October 22, 2006

Warning: Los Roques, where you can go barefoot for a week and no one will blink, offers a mild adventure in travel. If you want hordes of Americans, all-you-can-eat buffets, and high rise hotels, look elsewhere.

How to get there

Flights to Caracas from Boston connect through Miami or Houston with the final leg to El Roque departing early the next morning.

Where to stay

Posada Eva posadaseva.com.ve

011-58-237-22-11-00-3

Simple (some rooms are without windows) , tight quarters, but very friendly staff. Doubles from $85 .

Posada Mediterraneo posadamediterraneo.com

011-58-414-329-06-21

Elegant Aegean decor, rooftop dining. Doubles from $175.

Where to eat

There are few restaurants; tourists tend to eat at their posadas. Eateries tend to cater to the visiting yacht crowd. El Canto de la Ballena , on the beach, offers a five-plate meal with the catch of the day for $45 (los-roques.com/el-canto-ballena.htm; explorepartners.com/posadas/posada-el-canto-de-la-ballena.htm ).

What to do

Arrecife ( divevenezuela.com is under construction) charges $80 for two dives, equipment provided. Must be certified.

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