Costa Azul and Porlamar, on Venezuela’s Margarita Island in the Caribbean Sea, is a perfect window on the great outdoors. Beaches here are sandy and graced by shady palm trees.

The airport is a short drive away. Guests frequently stay in upscale hotels, where fitness centres, tennis courts and more facilities can be found.

Boat trips into the ever-endearing Caribbean can be arranged. The nightlife here is engaging, with several bars and clubs to choose from. What’s more, one of the island’s newest and most elaborate shopping malls can be found in the area. But the real attraction is definitely the beach.