The PARAGUANá PENINSULA (Spanish pronunciation: ) is a peninsula in
The peninsula lies in the Paraguana xeric scrub ecoregion. Because it is completely surrounded by water, the peninsula is sometimes called an island, and is sometimes considered as part of the Leeward Antilles .
Paraguana currently contains two large oil refineries, and the largest oil refinery complex, the Paraguaná Refinery Complex . Most of the oil that PDVSA acquires is processed in this complex. Many engineers that worked in the refineries have moved to the United States to work at Citgo .
Paraguana is a duty-free zone, so many international shops, notably Arabian, have opened.
While most of the economy is centered on the oil industry, tourism is growing. While most of the tourists come from other parts of Venezuela, many tourists come from surrounding countries such as Colombia