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Special rates: Flights into Caracas start at $928 per person; hotels start at $50 a night per person.

Best times to go: Midweek, excluding holidays.

Couples who have discovered the exotic, laid-back romantic getaway that are the Los Roques islands don't want the secret to get out.

Los Roques isn't your typical Caribbean resort destination. The mostly uninhabited area, about 100 miles north of Caracas, is part of Los Roques Archipelago National Park, created to protect the area's coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds.

Lodgings consist of small, one- to two-story inns called "posadas" -- fishermen's huts that have been converted to host tourists. Accommodations typically include breakfast and dinner and range from $50 to $200 per night per person.

A typical day in Los Roques might consist of waking up in the morning, hopping on a small chartered boat and being transported to a secluded beach for six hours, Clampet says.

"And you don't have to be really rich to do that, which is nice," he says.


 

 

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