Lighthouses of Western Venezuela

Located on the north coast of South America, Venezuela has a long coastline facing the Caribbean Sea. This page includes lighthouses of the western half of that coast, west of the La Guaira-Caracas area.

In addition, Venezuela administers a number of islands in a westward extension of the Lesser Antilles chain. The lighthouses of the Isla Margarita and Venezuela's other Caribbean islands are listed on a separate page. Isla Aves, a remote Eastern Caribbean island claimed and occupied by Venezuela, also has a separate page.

Only a small number of historic lighthouses remain in service in Venezuela, but there are many modern fiberglass or skeletal towers. Information on both active and inactive towers would be very welcome, and photos of many lighthouses are also needed.

In recent years, Venezuela has been carrying out a program to build a number of new lighthouses; the Los Monjes light shown at right is an example of these new towers.

Active lighthouses in Venezuela are owned by the navy and managed by the Oficina Coordinadora de Hydrografía y Navegación (OCHINA).

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA numbers are from Publication 110.

General Sources
Faros de Venezuela: Centinelas del Caribe
An online "flip book" on Venezuela's lighthouses, written by Curti Hubschmann, an official with OCHINA.
Online List of Lights - Venezuela
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas. The Venezuelan photos are mostly by Capt. Peter Mosselberger or Capt. Theo Hinrichs.
Lighthouses in Venezuela
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Venezuela
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Lighthouses of Venezuela
Historic postcard images posted by Michel Forand.
Leuchttürme Südamerikas auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.

Cabo San Roman Light
Cabo San Roman Light, Paraguaná
OCHINA photo

Dependencias Federales Lighthouses
#Monjes del Sur (1)
1952. Inactive since 2003. Approx. 11 m (36 ft) round stone tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. At some point the lantern was removed and the light was displayed from a short mast. Venezuela built this lighthouse after Colombia issued a claim to the island. The old lighthouse has apparently been demolished. Amateur radio operator YW5M has a photo (2/3 of the way down the page). ARLHS VEN-034.
Monjes del Sur (2)
2003 (station established 1952). Active; focal plane 87 m (285 ft); white flash every 10.6 s. 13 m (42 ft) round rubblestone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with a red horizontal band, attached to a 1-story service building. This station is staffed by the Venezuelan Navy. An OCHINA photo is at right, Trabas has a photo by Capt. Theo Hinrichs, a 2008 photo and a 2012 closeup are available, Wikimedia has a distant view by Rainer Radloff, and amateur radio operator YW5M has a report of a 2003 DXpedition to the (then new) lighthouse, but Bing has only a fuzzy satellite view of the island. The light guides vessels entering the Gulf of Venezuela from the Caribbean Sea. A view from the lighthouse shows how the two Monjes del Sur islets have been joined by a causeway and developed as a military outpost. Located at the summit of the southernmost of the Los Monjes Islands, three small islands in the mouth of the gulf about 50 km (30 mi) off the Colombian coast. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed; landing on the island requires permission of the navy. ARLHS-013; Admiralty J6270; NGA 16852.

Zulia Lighthouses
Note: Zulia is the state surrounding Lake Maracaibo, a brackish gulf connected by a narrow strait to the Gulf of Venezuela. A dredged channel has replaced the natural strait as the entrance to the lake for modern ships. To reach the port of Maracaibo, ships must cross a northern basin of the lake known as the Bahía de Tablazo.
Punta Perret (4)
2010 (station established 1980). Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white flash every 15 s. 24 m (79 ft) square concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Angel Gonzalez has a 2016 photo, a photo of the tower under construction is available, and Google has a satellite view. A small skeletal tower was replaced by a fiberglass tower in 1993 and then in 2003 by a tall skeletal tower seen in the background of the construction photo. Located on a cape on the west side of the Gulf of Venezuela about 7 km (4 mi) south of the Colombian border. Site status unknown. ARLHS VEN-021; Admiralty J6269; NGA 16856.

2003 Los Monjes Light, Monjes del Sur
OCHINA photo
Isla San Carlos (Lago de Maracaibo) (2)
2013 (station established 2005). Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); white flash every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) square skeletal tower on a round concrete base. Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands. Trabas has Capt. Theo's photo (also seen at right), and Google has a satellite view. Junior Miller has a good photo of the 2005 lighthouse, a round fiberglass tower. Like Monjes del Sur, this is one of a number of critical locations equipped with new light towers by the Venezuelan Navy. The lighthouse is actually located on the Isla de San Bernardo, which is tenuously connected to the mainland via the Isla San Carlos, marking the west side of the dredged entrance to the Lago de Maracaibo from the Gulf of Venezuela. Site status unknown. ARLHS VEN-001; Admiralty J6275; NGA 16860.2.
Maracaibo Channel Range Rear
Date unknown. Probably inactive, but still listed; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); green flash every 4 s. 39 m (128 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, mounted on a square platform supported by piles. The tower appears abandoned in Capt. Theo's photo. Google has a satellite view. This is an outbound (northbound) range for vessels leaving Maracaibo. Located in the upper Lago de Maracaibo about 8 km (5 mi) east of Las Delicias. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty J6283.1; NGA 16873.1.
Maracaibo Inner Channel Range Front
Date unknown. Perhaps inactive, but still listed; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); green flash every 1.5 s. 27 m (89 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, mounted on a square platform supported by piles. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a satellite view. This is, or was, an inbound (southbound) range for vessels entering Maracaibo. The rear light is (was) on one of the electric transmission line towers crossing the lake just north of the city of Maracaibo. Located 1.65 km (1 mi) north of the transmission line. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty J6279.9; NGA 16872.
Maracaibo Inner Channel Range Rear
Date unknown. Probably inactive, but still listed; focal plane 39 m (129 ft); green flash every 1.5 s. 27 m (89 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, mounted on a square platform supported by piles. The tower appears abandoned in Capt. Peter's photo. Google has a satellite view. Located just to the south of electric transmission line towers crossing the lake just north of the city of Maracaibo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty J6280; NGA 16872.1.

Isla San Carlos Light
Isla San Carlos Light, Lago de Maracaibo, December 2013
photo copyright Capt. Theo Hinrichs; used by permission

Bahía de Maracaibo Quay (Sur) (2?)
Date unknown (station established 1938). Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal tower, painted red with a white horizontal band. Trabas has Capt. Theo's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a quay in Maracaibo. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6287; NGA 16873.83.
La Arreaga Pier Elbow
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 20 m (66 ft); green flashes in groups of three, period not listed. Approx. 17 m (56 ft) round cylindrical tank, painted white. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an industrial pier in the southern part of the Maracaibo waterfront. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6288.2; NGA 16873.85.
Moporo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) orange and white fiberglass tower. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at Moporo, a town on the east coast of Lake Maracaibo. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6294; NGA 16875.5.

Falcón Lighthouses
Note: The large state of Falcón includes the east side of the Gulf of Venezuela and the bulbous Paraguaná Peninsula, the northernmost extension of the Venezuelan mainland. The peninsula is almost an island, being connected tenuously to the mainland by the narrow Isthmus of Médanos.
Punta Borojó
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); one long (1.2 s) white flash every 12 s. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical fiberglass tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No closeup photo available; Omar José Martínez has a very distant view, and the Google has a satellite view. Located on a sandy point of land on the south side of the Gulf of Venezuela. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6297; NGA 16875.
* Guaranao
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); two long (1.5 s) flashes every 12 s, red or green depending on direction. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal fiberglass tower, orange with one white horizontal band. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, Daniel Lopez Martinez has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The green sector guides vessels entering the Guaranao harbor on the south side of Punto Fijo, a city at the southwestern corner of the Paraguaná Peninsula. Located on a bluff overlooking the south side of the harbor and city. Site appears open, tower closed. Admiralty J6299; NGA 16879.7.
Punta Fijo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); one long green flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal fiberglass tower, colored orange with one white horizontal band. Trabas has Capt. Peter's distant view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. Located in the Venezuelan Navy's Base Naval Falcón in Punto Fijo. Site and tower closed. Admiralty J6300.4; NGA 16890.
* Punta Macolla (Macoya) (2)
1988 (station established 1927). Active; focal plane 48 m (157 ft); white flash every 10 s. 41 m (135 ft) octagonal cast iron skeletal tower with central cylinder, lantern, and gallery mounted on a concrete base. An octagonal 1-story keeper's quarters with wood siding is incorporated in the tower. Daniel Bertoni's photo is at right, Andres Figueira has a fine closeup, Luis Miranda has a photo, Trabas has Capt. Peter's view from the sea, Wikimedia has Elias Rodriguez Azcarate's view, and Google has a good satellite view. The original lighthouse was badly deteriorated by the 1980s, so a copy of it was built in 1988 to replace it. It is said that the Dutch island of Aruba can be seen from the base of the lighthouse. Located on the north coast of the Paraguaná Peninsula. Accessible by hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS VEN-018; Admiralty J6312; NGA 16896.
Punta Macolla Light
Punta Macolla Light, Paraguaná, May 2012
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by Daniel Bertoni

* Cabo San Roman (5?)
Around 2004 (station established 1928). Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); white flash every 6 s. 24 m (79 ft) square stone tower with lantern and gallery; the walls of the lighthouse are extended so that the tower has a trapezoidal profile. An OCHINA photo is at the top of this page, José Contreras has a good 2016 photo, Rahuld Barraez D'Lucca has a fine closeup, José Jaime Araujo also has a good photo, Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a good satellite view. The original 9 m (30 ft) tower was replaced during World War II by a short skeletal tower; higher skeletal towers were built in 1975 and in 1997. In clear weather the new lighthouse is distantly visible from Aruba. Located on the beach at the northernmost point of the Paraguaná Peninsula. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS VEN-024; Admiralty J6314; NGA 16900.
* Punta Adícora (2?)
Date unknown (station established 1931). Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white flash every 16 s. 17 m (56 ft) round fiberglass tower with hexagonal lantern and gallery, mounted on a round stone base. Tower painted with red and white horizontal bands; gallery painted with red and white horizontal bands. A photo is at right, José Cherubini has a photo, Ángel Ravelo Rodríguez has a nice photo, an excellent closeup is available, the Navy has a photo, Wikimedia has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. The original light was on a 12 m (39 ft) skeletal tower. Located on a point of land in the beach resort town of Adícora, on the east side of the Paraguaná Peninsula. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty J6428; NGA 16904.
Punta Taima-Taima (2?)
Date unknown. (station established 1931). Active; focal plane 59 m (194 ft); white flash every 7 s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) hexagonal metal tower, colored orange with one white horizontal band. The Navy has a photo, Sergio González has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rugged cape about 15 km (9 mi) northeast of La Vela de Coro. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6434; NGA 16912.
Punta Tomoro (Punta Manzanillo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); white flash every 6 s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) hexagonal fiberglass tower, colored orange with one white horizontal band. The Navy has a photo, but the lighthouse has not been found in Google's satellite view. Located on a prominent cape about 15 km (9 mi) northeast of Puerto Cumarebo. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6438; NGA 16920.

Punta Adícora Light, Adícora, July 2012
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Julioreylagarto
Punta Zamuro
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white flash every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical fiberglass tower colored with orange and white horizontal bands. OCHINA has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on Punta Zamuro near the village of San José de la Costa. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6440; NGA 16924.
Punta Aguide
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft) (?); one long white flash every 15 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical fiberglass tower colored with orange and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a promontory near the village of Aguide. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6441; NGA 16928.
Cayo Noroeste (3?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) round fiberglass tower, painted with orange and white horizontal bands. Google has a distant satellite view. The lighthouse replaced a square skeletal tower. Located on a small cay about 6 km (3.5 mi) northeast of Los Boquerones. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6442; NGA 16932.
Cayo Borracho (3)
Date unknown (station established 1930). Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white flash every 8 s. 14 m (46 ft) round fiberglass tower with octagonal lantern and gallery. Tower painted with red and white horizontal bands; gallery painted with vertical red and white stripes. This lighthouse is a twin of the Isla Chimana Segunda light pictured below. An aerial photo is at right, João Abel Gonçalves has a 2014 photo, Trabas has Capt. Theo's distant view, Cristian Bracci has a distant view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. The original light was replaced in 1937. Located on a small cay about 15 km (9 mi) north of Chichiriiviche. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty J6444; NGA 16936.

Carabobo (Puerto Cabello Area) Lighthouses
Isla Guaiguaza (Goaiguaza)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 8 s. 12 m (39 ft) hexagonal pyramidal tower, painted with orange and white horizontal bands. Trabas has Capt. Peter's distant view, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a small cay about 3 km (2 mi) west of the entrance to Puerto Cabello. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6448.4; NGA 16956.
Cayo Borracho Light
Cayo Borracho Light, Puerto Cabello
OCHINA photo (no longer online)
* [Fortín Solano]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 168 m (551 ft); three white flashes every 15.5 s. Listed as a 6 m (20 ft) skeletal tower, painted white. In June 2012, Capt. Peter Mosselberger visited the fort and found the light to be at the top of the lower of two slatted daymark panels, each painted red with a white horizontal band and mounted on posts below the wall of the fort. Trabas has his photo, and Pedro Ocariz has a beautiful photo sphere that shows both the light and the view, but the light is not seen in Google's satellite view of the fortress. The Fortín Solano, built starting in 1766, is one of the best-preserved colonial-era fortifications in Venezuela. Carlo Bianco has a photo of the fortress. Located on a high ridge overlooking Puerto Cabello. Site and fortress open. Admiralty J6447; NGA 16976.
Puerto Cabello Pier M-7
2006-07. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); red flash every 6 s. 14 m (46 ft) hexagonal pyramidal fiberglass tower, mounted on a masonry base. Lighthouse painted red with one white horizontal band. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo (a slightly different view is seen at right), and Google has a satellite view. Located at a corner of the commercial quays directly opposite the Naval Quay light. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6449.5; NGA 16961.3.
Puerto Cabello Pier M-32
2006-07. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); red flash every 9 s. 12 m (39 ft) hexagonal pyramidal fiberglass tower, mounted on a masonry base. Lighthouse painted red with one white horizontal band. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located at a corner of the commercial quays about 1 km (0.6 mi) southeast of the Pier M-7 light (previous entry). Site status unknown. Admiralty J6449.7; NGA 16961.7.
Puerto Cabello Inner Port Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 3 s. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) square skeletal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands and carrying a triangular slatted daymark painted with red and white vertical stripes. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the shoreline at the extreme southeastern end of Puerto Cabello's harbor. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6451; NGA 16965.
Puerto Cabello Inner Port Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 23 m (75 ft); white flash every 3 s. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) square skeletal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands and carrying a triangular slatted daymark painted with red and white vertical stripes. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the shoreline at the extreme southeastern end of Puerto Cabello's harbor. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6451.1; NGA 16966.
Puerto Cabello Naval Quay (1) (?)
2006-07. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); green flash every 6 s. 14 m (46 ft) hexagonal pyramidal fiberglass tower, mounted on a masonry base. Lighthouse painted green with one white horizontal band. The Navy has a photo, Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a satellite view of the quay. This light was reportedly replaced with a smaller tower in 2011, but it seems to be present in more recent satellite photos. Located at the southwest end of the main navy pier at Puerto Cabello. Site and tower closed. Admiralty J6449; NGA 16961.
Puerto Cabello Pier M-7 Light
Pier M-7 Light, Puerto Cabello
photo copyright Capt. Peter Mosselberger; used by permission
Muelle La Planchita (3?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green flash every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) hexagonal pyramidal fiberglass tower, mounted on a masonry base. Lighthouse painted green with one white horizontal band. Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, and Google has a satellite view of the quay. Forand has a postcard view of an earlier tower on this quay, a tall skeletal tower. Located at the southwest end of the main navy pier at Puerto Cabello. Site and tower closed. Admiralty J6448.7; NGA 16973.5.
Punta Brava (3)
1901 (station established 1864). Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft) (?); white flash every 10 s. Approx. 24 m (79 ft) square concrete tower incorporating 4-story keeper's quarters, topped by a short skeletal tower. Lighthouse painted with red and white bands. A photo is at right, Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo, Marcos Moreno has an aerial photo, a 2002 postage stamp shows the lighthouse, Michel Forand has a 1910 postcard view, and Google has an excellent satellite view. This is Venezuela's oldest light station. The lighthouse was destroyed by a disastrous fire in October 1892; it was replaced by a light on a mast until the new lighthouse was built. For a time (as seen in Huelse's historic postcard view) a taller square skeletal tower with lantern and gallery was built atop the concrete tower, raising the focal plane to 50 m (164 ft); we do not know when this structure was replaced with the present shorter tower. NGA lists the current tower height as 37 m (121 ft), which is clearly too high. In 2005 the Navy established its hydrographic research station in a modern building at the base of the lighthouse. Located on a headland just north of Puerto Cabello, the major port of northwestern Venezuela. Site and tower closed (naval installation). Site manager: Estación Hidrográfica de Puerto Cabello. ARLHS VEN-027; Admiralty J6448; NGA 16964.
Punta Brava Light
Punta Brava Light, Puerto Cabello
OCHINA photo
Isla Alcatráz (Isla Santo Domingo) (2?)
2011 (?). Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white flash every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) tower, listed as an orange fiberglass tower with a white band. However, Trabas has Capt. Peter's photo showing a square skeletal tower painted with red and white horizontal bands, and there's a 2009 distant view of that tower. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the northwest corner of an island about 4 km (2.5 mi) northeast of Puerto Cabello. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty J6452; NGA 16960.

Aragua Lighthouses
Bahía de Turiamo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); green light, 3 s on, 4 s off. 13 m (43 ft) hexagonal skeletal tower, painted green with a white horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. The Bahía de Turiamo is a well-protected natural harbor about 20 km (13 mi) east of Puerto Cabello. Located at the north end of the quay at a Venezuelan Navy station on the east side of the bay. Site and tower closed. Admiralty J6453; NGA 16992.
Punta El Palito (Morro Choroní)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 106 m (348 ft); white flash every 5 s. 6 m (20 ft) square tower on a structure resembling a small boat. Building painted orange with one white horizontal band. Jesús Ortiz Buhrkohl has a closeup photo, Miguel Chavez has a more distant view, a view from the sea and another distant view are available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located atop a very steep headland about 90 km (55 mi) west of La Guaira. Accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty J6453.4; NGA 16996.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

  • Puerto Cumarebo (1932-?), Falcón. This interesting 3-story masonry lighthouse was dropped from the Admiralty list in 2006, but the evidence suggests that it disappeared much earlier. ARLHS VEN-026; ex-Admiralty J6436; ex-NGA 16916.
  • Punta Adaro (1948-?), Falcón north of Punto Fijo. ARLHS VEN-038.

Notable faux lighthouses:

Adjoining pages: North: Venezuelan Caribbean | East: Eastern Venezuela | Southeast: Guyana | West: Colombia

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Posted July 7, 2003. Checked and revised February 15, 2017. Lighthouses: 33. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.