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

PORLAMAR

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Porlamar
Porlamar

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

COUNTRY Venezuela
Venezuela

STATE Nueva Esparta
Nueva Esparta

COUNTIES Mariño

DEMONYM Porlamarense

GOVERNMENT

• MAYOR Alfredo Díaz

ELEVATION 10 m (32 ft)

POPULATION (2011)

• TOTAL 144,830

POSTAL CODED 6301

AREA CODE 295

WEBSITE Municipality of Mariño

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

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Demographics * 3 Economy * 4 Transportation * 5 Climate * 6 Twin cities * 7 References * 8 External links

HISTORY

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
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. Porlamar
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

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

ECONOMY

Porlamar
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

Del Caribe International General Santiago Marino Airport (PMV) in Porlamar
Porlamar
has charter services to Europe
Europe
and Colombia
Colombia
, and is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of the city center.

CLIMATE

Climate data for Porlamar
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)

AVERAGE 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)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS 7 5 2 2 3 6 7 7 4 6 8 10 67

AVERAGE RELATIVE 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)

Source #2: Weatherbase

4 de Mayo Avenue. View of Porlamar
Porlamar
from Pampatar (Margarita Island).

TWIN CITIES

* Cancún
Cancún
, Mexico
Mexico
* Cartagena, Colombia
Colombia
* Miami, USA

REFERENCES

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

EXTERNAL LINKS

* San Francisco Chronicle article