When the summer of 2007 rolled around we decided to summer over in Venezuela, which was highly recommended by several other cruisers. We had a great time and subsequently spent the next 2 summers there as well, in the Marinas at Puerta La Cruz, on the NE corner of Venezuela.
However, once Chavez started getting traction in his press for Socialism the availability of basic necessities started getting very iffy and the crime rate got much worse. We felt lucky to get away intact in the fall of 2009.
The country is/was beautiful and I hope you will visit this link to our travels there during those years.
A few shots of here and there in Venezuela
In the meantime, here is a youtube video made by a young man from Russia and he thinks conditions are pretty horrific these days. Socialism? - NOT!
Venezuelan Crime (youtube)