The village of Gran Roque is quite small and simple.
Don't expect to find great shopping opportunities there
or a mall to fill some bags. Local commerce helps to
meet basic needs. The shops are simple and sell, in
general, products for the beach and water sports. In the
village, it is possible to find snorkels, masks,
neoprene shoes, buoys, bathing suits and light and
comfortable clothing for the beach. The stores where we
found the greatest variety of clothing and sports
products were the kiosks located next to the airport. A
good option is also the store at the Pousada Canto de La
Ballena, where there are some funky pieces, like beach
outings and dresses. Other small businesses can be found
in the town square and throughout the town.
looking for personal hygiene products, there is a
pharmacy in the village where sunscreen is sold (we only
saw two brands and it was more expensive than in
Brazil), shampoo, conditioner, soap, intimate pads, lip
balm, razors, repellents and other basic consumer
products. Do not expect to find luxury products in Los
Roques. The archipelago offers only what is necessary
and essential for a few days at the beach. Some basic
products, such as sunscreen, can also be found in the
Joes Shop, which also sells cigarettes, drinks and
sweets. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage luggage.
For more complete purchases, especially for tourists
who do not have the cava included in the daily rate, it
is worth going to the Gran Roque Supermarket. It looks
like inland grocery stores in Brazil and offers food
products, drinks and basic hygiene items. It is the main
place of purchase for residents of Gran Roque.
Those who do not live without internet and want to
buy a cell phone chip or are looking for computer
equipment and camera accessories (such as memory cards)
can use the Gran Roque lan house, called Centro de
Comunicaciones. On site, there are also computers and
telephones for use by residents and tourists. Pousada La
Corsária sells and rents GoPro cameras. If necessary,
you can purchase a camera there.
When traveling to Los Roques, try to take everything
you need for the trip. You won't need a lot of clothes
and shoes, but items like swimwear, sunscreen, lip balm,
moisturizer, diving mask, snorkel, waterproof bag and
sneakers for walking and getting into the water are
essential! Don't count on the luck to find them on the
island. Also take all remedies for continuous use and
others that may be necessary, such as antipyretics,
remedies for intestinal problems and allergies. Try to
predict all possible risk situations and avoid leaving
to buy any item in Los Roques. He may be at fault!
Money in Los Roques and Venezuela
Most local businesses accept bolivars and dollars.
Credit cards are not accepted in Los Roques. Take enough
dollars to cover any purchase emergency. There are no
ATMs or banks to withdraw local currency in the
archipelago. In case of an emergency, try to negotiate a
deposit with PayPal in exchange for cash. The currency
that predominates in Los Roques is the black currency.
All prices are tabulated like this. See more about
money and exchange in Los Roques and Venezuela.
The freeshop at Caracas International Airport is full
of good stores and products commonly found in other
airports around the world. Drinks, cosmetics, chocolates
(Venezuelans are great), travel items and clothing are
widely offered. Prices are priced at the black exchange
rate. Freeshop only accepts payment in bolivars or by
credit card. The credit card exchange is unknown. Before
embarking, ask your operator for the bolivar quote to
get an idea of whether or not it is worth making the
payment through this means.
The freeshop prices in Caracas do not differ much
from others. It is worth paying attention to good local
products, such as chocolates and coffees. These are
found only in Venezuela. See more about money
and exchange in Los Roque and Venezuela.