Travelers who would like to see more than beaches and sand can cross the isthmus that joins the two islands to the Macanao Peninsula the largely uninhabited arid terrain usually referred to as “the other island”
It is dominated by cactus, rock mountains and a desert like atmosphere which gives it an adventurous feeling. Boca de Rio is a fishing town and the location of the sea life museum.
La Restinga Lagoon and National Park home to many kinds of exotic animals such as pelicans, great blue herons, egrets, gulls and rare birds.
Visitors can hire boats to take them through the 15 km (10 miles) of mangroves.
On the far side of the lagoon is La Restinga beach and it can be reached by hiring wooden launches and making arrangements with their ownwers to drop you off on the beach and then pick you up later, after having enjoyed a dip in its warm waters, taken a stroll down the beach and a sipping a nice cold drink, then and only then you are ready to leave this beach.