When Caraquenos wish to escape the noise and bustle of
Venezuela's capital, many come to Macuto, which lies just north of the city along the
Caribbean Coast. Although it is one of several coastal towns that cater to tourists, it is
widely regarded as the best in the area because of its pleasant layout, fine
accommodations and strong infrastructure.
Macuto was founded in 1740 - somewhat late compared other
Venezuelan towns, but it has a long tradition as a getaway. In 1888, Venezuelan President
Joaquin Crespo built a mansion here; it is called La Guzmania, and it can still be visited
although it is now a college. Besides the beaches, the city has a promenade along the
coast, a good marina, several interesting museums and excellent dining.
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