Love it or hate it, Caracas, Venezuela, is a huge sprawling city that's loud and busy. At a glance, Caracas appears to lack the charm and appeal of other cities in Venezuela, but dig a little deeper and you may be surprised by what you find.
Caracas offers numerous free museums for the history lover, as well as some of the country's best best restaurants and its more renowned nightlife. It is also possible to day trip to some beautiful Caribbean beaches to the north of Caracas or to visit Mount Avila, the huge mountain that overlooks the entire city.
Caracas is divided into a multitude of suburbs, each offering something a little different. Tourists tend to stay in the eastern parts of the city, as the western and some central suburbs tend to be more poor and crime-ridden. Areas like Chacao and Las Mercedes are more middle to upper class and are consequently more safe. What's more, these suburbs are also the more trendy and chic locations in Caracas, making them the current hotspots for some of Venezuela's best nightlife.
There are more hotels than Caracas, Venezuela hostels or posadas. However due to the current economic situation and the dual-currency system, it is possible to stay in a nice hotel for just a few dollars. Be aware that hotels and hostels in Caracas, Venezuela, tend to advertise online at the official rate. However, if you phone ahead or simply walk in, you will be given the hotel or hostel at the cheaper unofficial rate.
Hostels in Caracas, Venezuela, are concentrated in the northern parts of the city; these are easily accessed via public transport or taxi. There are also cheap accommodation options surrounding the main bus station (Los Banderas), however it is not advisable to stay here. Trendy hotels are almost exclusively located in the eastern suburbs, though these tend to be further away from Caracas' main attractions, and everything you need can still be easily accessed.
Posadas and hostels in Caracas, Venezuela, are also likely to be your greatest resource. Staff will be able to assist you in navigating the countries dual currency system, organise safe transport, and give advice about other destinations.
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