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Maiquetía is a city located in the Central Region of Venezuela, in the state of Vargas. It is at approximately 19 m above sea level on a small shelf between the Caribbean and the mountains behind it. Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, is approximately 37 km to the southeast.

Maiquetía
Maiquetia coast.jpg
Maiquetía is located in Venezuela
Maiquetía
Maiquetía
Coordinates: 10°35′45″N 66°58′38″W / 10.59583°N 66.97722°W / 10.59583; -66.97722Coordinates: 10°35′45″N 66°58′38″W / 10.59583°N 66.97722°W / 10.59583; -66.97722
CountryVenezuela Venezuela
StateVargas
MunicipalityVargas Municipality
Founded20 January 1670
Elevation
19 m (62 ft)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total87,909
 • Demonym
Maiquetiense
Time zoneUTC-04:00 (VST)
Postal code
1160, 1161
Area code(s)0212
ClimateBSh
WebsiteMunicipal website[permanent dead link]

Maiquetía is mainly a commercial center. The historic center has many narrow streets lined with stores and a market. The main road in this part of the city is the Avenida Carlos Soublette. The recent geopolitical divisions in Vargas makes Maiquetía no longer include the Simón Bolívar International Airport, the most important one in the country and the commercial airport serving Caracas. Conviasa, the Venezuelan flag carrier airline, is headquartered in the city. Even though the airport is now in the state of Vargas, it has kept the name Maiquetía, which cause some confusion among locals and foreigners alike.

The city forms a conurbation with La Guaira with which it is linked via Avenida Soublette. Given its proximity to Caracas and seafront location, it offers an optimal location for some hotels.

Maiquetía suffered the devastating effects of torrential rains and mudslides during the 1999 Vargas tragedy.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Maiquetía
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.5
(83.3)
28.3
(82.9)
28.5
(83.3)
29.1
(84.4)
30.0
(86.0)
30.3
(86.5)
30.1
(86.2)
30.9
(87.6)
31.4
(88.5)
31.3
(88.3)
30.5
(86.9)
29.4
(84.9)
29.9
(85.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24.4
(75.9)
24.5
(76.1)
24.9
(76.8)
25.7
(78.3)
26.6
(79.9)
26.7
(80.1)
26.4
(79.5)
27.0
(80.6)
27.4
(81.3)
27.3
(81.1)
26.7
(80.1)
25.4
(77.7)
26.1
(79.0)
Average low °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
21.9
(71.4)
22.3
(72.1)
23.3
(73.9)
24.2
(75.6)
24.2
(75.6)
23.8
(74.8)
24.2
(75.6)
24.6
(76.3)
24.6
(76.3)
24.0
(75.2)
22.7
(72.9)
23.5
(74.3)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 28.1
(1.11)
17.1
(0.67)
22.1
(0.87)
29.0
(1.14)
36.1
(1.42)
53.3
(2.10)
56.8
(2.24)
50.3
(1.98)
54.1
(2.13)
55.9
(2.20)
53.6
(2.11)
54.4
(2.14)
510.8
(20.11)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 3.6 2.6 1.8 2.7 4.4 6.7 7.6 7.4 7.0 6.7 5.5 5.1 61.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 232.5 220.4 241.8 183.0 201.5 207.0 241.8 244.9 228.0 207.7 195.0 210.8 2,614.4
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization[1]
Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory[2]

SportsEdit

The city is home to the basketball team Bucaneros de La Guaira. The team plays its home games at the Polideportivo José María Vargas.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Weather Information Service - Maiquetía". World Meteorological Information. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Climatological Information for Maiquetia, Venezuela". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved 27 October 2012.

External linksEdit