The Safest Areas to Stay in Caracas, Venezuela
The Safest Areas to Stay in Caracas, Venezuela

Best Areas to Stay in Caracas, Venezuela

Where to stay in Caracas – A guide to the Venezuelan capital

Caracas is the capital and largest city of Venezuela.

Although its political center is located in the Capital District, its metropolitan area is spread through the Miranda and Vargas state.

This city is located in the north of the country, in a valley of the Litoral mountain range, very close to the coasts of the Caribbean Sea.

Its location in a valley at 940 meters above sea level, as well as the surrounding mountains, give Caracas a high tropical climate, with mild temperatures that tend to be around 20ºC. The rainy season runs from May to October.

The main natural attraction of the Venezuelan capital is the Ávila, an imposing mountain that rises between the city and the coast. This mountain, icon of Caracas, is part of the Waraira Repano national park and is accessible from the city through a cable car system that reaches its peak.

The historical-cultural attractions of Caracas include the birthplace of Simón Bolívar, the hero of American independence from Spain, and a handful of interesting museums that include the National Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carlos Cruz Diez Foundation or the Fine Arts Museum.

Caracas is connected by one of the most extensive public transportation systems in Latin America, the Metro de Caracas, with five lines of trains and two of Metrocable. This metro offers an efficient transport from north to south and from east to west in the Venezuelan capital.

Simón Bolívar International Airport, which serves the city of Caracas, is the main hub of the country and offers connections to the main tourist sites of Venezuela such as Isla Margarita (Margarita Island) or Los Roqu

As for the best areas to stay in Caracas, the safest and most developed areas are in the east of the city, especially in the municipality of Chacao. See accommodation in Chacao.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Caracas, Venezuela.

The best areas to stay in Caracas, Venezuela

1. Our favorite area: Chacao District

Chacao is a municipality of the Miranda state, part of the Metropolitan District of Caracas. It is the smallest of the 5 municipalities that make up the Metropolitan Area of ​​Caracas.

Chacao is located east of the city center and is the best area to stay in Caracas.

This elegant area houses the main financial and commercial institutions of Caracas, as well as the main banking centers of local and foreign companies, the most luxurious hotels in the city and the mansions of renowned personalities in Venezuela’s political and economic environment.

The area of ​​El Rosal, belonging to this municipality, is considered the financial district of Caracas.

Its wide avenues are filled with modern skyscrapers and the area also has many restaurants, bars and nightclubs for the enjoyment of the local elite.

Chacao is connected to the rest of the city by the Caracas metro (line 1), which crosses it from east to west. Several metrobus lines feed its main stations and taxis are plentiful in its main avenues.

Chacao is a cosmopolitan, safe and vibrant area and one of the best districts to stay in Caracas.

Safest area to stay in Caracas - Chacao
Safest area to stay in Caracas – Chacao
Accommodation in Chacao - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Chacao – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Caracas:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Financial district
  • Best area for business travelers
  • Bars, restaurants and nightlife
  • Safe area to stay
  • Luxury hotels

2. Las Mercedes

Las Mercedes is a mainly commercial and business area of Caracas.

It is located southeast of the city, in the municipality of Baruta, Miranda state.

This area of Caracas is famous for its nightclubs and bars, but it also has numerous clothing stores, several shopping centers, art galleries, some of the most expensive and exclusive restaurants in the city, and 5-star hotels.

Las Mercedes (also known as the “Soho Caraqueño”) is one of the best areas to stay in Caracas, thanks to its legendary nightlife and gastronomy.

Transportation in this area is dominated by taxis, since the nearest metro stations are a 25-minute walk away, in the Chacao district.

It is one of the safest and most luxurious districts in the city.

Best areas to stay in Caracas - Las Mercedes
Best areas to stay in Caracas – Las Mercedes
Accommodation in Las Mercedes - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Las Mercedes – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Caracas:

  • Best area for foodies
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Safe area to stay

3. La Castellana & Altamira

Altamira is a part of the Chacao Municipality. Located east of Caracas.

The Altamira area is one of the most luxurious residential areas of the Venezuelan capital. It also has its own metro station (line 1).

It is famous for Plaza Francia, a beautiful public square that includes an obelisk and a fountain.

Very close to this area is La Castellana, which is a high middle class urbanization and an important financial, commercial, tourist and cultural center within the city.

These two area create the diplomatic district par excellence of Caracas, housing the embassies of Canada, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Ecuador, Brazil, Switzerland, Honduras and Japan.

Altamira and La Castellana also offer several accommodation options in Caracas, from three-star hotels to luxury business-type hotels.

Where to stay in Caracas - Altamira
Where to stay in Caracas – Altamira
Accommodation in Altamira - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Altamira – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Caracas:

  • Safe area to stay in Caracas
  • Exclusive area
  • Connected by metro

4. Close to the airport

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The Simón Bolívar International Airport is the most important airport in Venezuela.

This airport is located about 15 km north of the city of Caracas, in the town of Maiquetía, Vargas state.

This air terminal receives flights from the main Venezuelan cities thanks to the presence of the majority of domestic airlines.

In addition, it has regular flights to several international destinations

Near the airport is a good area to stay in Caracas for passengers on a stopover or those who have an early flight.

Most of the hotels in the airport area have transfer services.

Best areas to stay in Caracas - Maiquetía's airport
Best areas to stay in Caracas – Maiquetía airport

Why is this a recommended area to stay:

  • Hotels with transfer
  • Best area for a layover
  • Close to the beach

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