Night life: The city has plenty, and it's all expensive. (Let's face it—nothing is cheap in oil-rich Venezuela.) Try Mon Petit Bar, which has a good twist combo.
Sports: The best month to watch bullfights is January. At Los Cortijos Club on the last weekend of each month there are bull-tossing contests, where riders compete in tossing a bull by the tail. In February the Sheraton-Macuto is scheduled to open in Macuto (20 miles from Caracas) with 400 air-conditioned rooms, an enormous private beach, two pools, golf privileges, deep-sea fishing (from $14 double, European plan). Isla Margarita's season is January through March. The place to stay is the Bella Vista in Porlamar ($20 double, American plan). There is superb swimming, fishing and pearl diving.
There are no agencies in Venezuela to organize safaris, but a few private-plane owners will, for a fee, take explorers into the jungle near Ciudad Bol�var and then wish them good luck.