Porlamar

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Coordinates: 10°57′N 63°51′W / 10.950°N 63.850°W / 10.950; -63.850

Porlamar
Rómulo Betancourt Avenue (Avenida Rómulo Betancourt)
Rómulo Betancourt Avenue (Avenida Rómulo Betancourt)
Flag of Porlamar
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Porlamar is located in Venezuela
Porlamar
Porlamar
Coordinates: 10°57′N 63°51′W / 10.950°N 63.850°W / 10.950; -63.850
Country VenezuelaVenezuela
State Nueva Esparta
Counties Mariño
Demonym Porlamarense
Government
 • Mayor Alfredo Díaz
Elevation 10 m (32 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 97,830
Postal coded 6301
Area code 295
Website Municipality of Mariño

Porlamar is the largest city on Isla Margarita, Nueva Esparta State in Venezuela.

Downtown Porlamar.

History[edit]

The city was founded as Puerto de la Mar (now Porlamar) on the southeast coast in 1536, less than 40 years after Christopher Columbus first sailed through.

In 1680 the Council of the Indies ordered Margarita born Juan Fermín de Huidobro to build a fortress with four bastions and a watchtower known as San Carlos Borromeo.[1] Porlamar was a quiet fishing village until the arrival of air travel. Since then, it has become the central hub of the island with shops, restaurants and nightlife supported mostly by European and Venezuelan tourism.

Demographics[edit]

Porlamar holds about one-third of Margarita Island's population.

Economy[edit]

Porlamar is Margarita Island's center of commerce. Since it was granted free-port status in 1973, its boutique-lined avenues have been crowded with tourists. In the early 1990s, the economic downfall hit Porlamar.

Transportation[edit]

Del Caribe International General Santiago Marino Airport (PMV) in Porlamar has direct flights and regular service to Europe, Canada, and the United States and is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of the city center.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Porlamar
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.0
(86)
30.4
(86.7)
31.1
(88)
31.9
(89.4)
32.2
(90)
31.5
(88.7)
31.7
(89.1)
32.3
(90.1)
32.8
(91)
32.6
(90.7)
31.7
(89.1)
30.4
(86.7)
31.55
(88.79)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.6
(79.9)
26.9
(80.4)
27.4
(81.3)
28.2
(82.8)
28.6
(83.5)
28.2
(82.8)
28.3
(82.9)
28.7
(83.7)
29.2
(84.6)
29.1
(84.4)
28.4
(83.1)
27.2
(81)
28.07
(82.53)
Average low °C (°F) 23.2
(73.8)
23.3
(73.9)
23.7
(74.7)
24.5
(76.1)
25.0
(77)
24.9
(76.8)
24.8
(76.6)
25.1
(77.2)
25.5
(77.9)
25.5
(77.9)
25.0
(77)
23.9
(75)
24.53
(76.16)
Rainfall mm (inches) 62.4
(2.457)
26.7
(1.051)
16.4
(0.646)
11.7
(0.461)
8.3
(0.327)
39.9
(1.571)
51.2
(2.016)
53.7
(2.114)
22.2
(0.874)
30.4
(1.197)
57.8
(2.276)
76.8
(3.024)
457.5
(18.014)
Avg. rainy days 7 5 2 2 3 6 7 7 4 6 8 10 67
 % humidity 79.5 79.0 78.5 77.5 79.0 81.5 80.0 79.0 78.0 77.5 79.5 81.0 79.17
Source #1: Instituto Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología (INAMEH)[2][3][4]
Source #2: Weatherbase[5]
4 de Mayo Avenue.

Twin cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fermín de Huidobro, Juan: mcn.
  2. ^ "Estadísticos Básicos Temperaturas y Humedades Relativas Máximas y Mínimas Medias" (pdf). INAMEH (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Estadísticos Básicos Temperaturas y Humedades Relativas Medias" (pdf). INAMEH (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Estadísticos Básicos Lluvia" (pdf). INAMEH (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Porlamar". Weatherbase. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 

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