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 El Salvador - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -6

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 115V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

El Salvador has been using US dollars since January 2001.

Credit cards are accepted in many hotels and upscale shops.

Small denomination dollar bills are the most useful form of money to carry.

Most towns have ATMs.

Communications

International dialing code for ElSalvador is +503.

Call your cell phone provider to make sure that they offer phone coverage in ElSalvador. Ask to be upgraded to international roaming.

Consider renting a cell phone or SIM card to use with your personal cell phone if your cellular company does not offer coverage in El Salvador. rangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers. Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone.

Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising using Digicel should be aware that if you purchase a SIM card in one country, it cannot be topped up in different one, as previously possible. So if you wish to use the sim bought here while cruising in other countries, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or set up an account and do it online.
You can top-up Digicel at https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/

Transport

AIRPORT The main international airport is located less than an hour away from Bahia del Sol by car. A taxi will cost you approximately $30 each way. TACA is the name of the El Salvadorian airline. Continental, as well as other airlines, fly out of El Salvador. It is recommended that you contact a travel agent to make plans or else go to the airport personally to arrange your travel plans. You can get to the airport by bus, but it involves taking at least 3 different buses. Take a bus to Arco, go up the path, cross the highway, and take a bus toward San Salvador. Tell the driver’s assistant who takes your money that you want to go to the airport. They will tell you when to get off. Cross the highway and catch another bus going toward the airport. Remember—When you leave the country you will pay an exit tax of about $28,cash. There is an ATM at the airport.

If you plan to take a rental car out of the country, say to Guatemala, you must inform the rental company in order to obtain a necessary official form that specifies the days you will be in the other country, and this form is obtained for an additional fee (amount varies with each rental agency).

Diplomatic Missions

Events

Cruisers Rally to El Salvador
This Annual Rally run mid March to end of April. Enjoy late winter traveling down the Mexican Gold Coast for a spring-time arrival at Bahia del Sol, El Salvador.

Emergencies

Police 911

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Bahia Cruisers Guide 2013
Produced by the Cruisers Rally to El Salvador
See pdf of the guide here

Explore Central America - Part 1
Published January 2007 (18th ed. Aug. 2013, continually updated)
This is an e-book available from http://www.svsarana.com/central_america_guidebook.php
The most comprehensive guides ever written about cruising the Pacific coast of Central America from Mexico to the Panama Canal. In a two part set, these books provide over 325 GPS waypoints, over 112 charts and city maps, detailed weather descriptions, forecasting information and surfing locations. These books highlight dozens of anchorages not in other books and tons of local information that sailors care about. Also included are detailed procedures for clearing into and out of the Central American countries as well as Ecuador, the Galapagos and Mexico.

Cruising Ports:The Central American Route
By Pat Rains
Published by Point Loma Publishing ( 6.5 edn revised June 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0963847027
See www.MexicoBoating.com for further details.
This book covers Pacific Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Pacific Panama) plus Mexico’s Gulf Coast to Veracruz, then NW Yucatan, NW Cuba, Yucatan Channel, Belize, Rio Dulce, Honduras and the Bay Islands, the Western Caribbean islands & banks, Panama’s Caribbean cruising grounds. This book culminates in Panama Canal Transit.

Update History

November 2016: Formalities checked. Health updated.
June 2015: Publications checked.
December 2014: Formalities checked/updated. Also health and publications.
January 2012: Updates from the cruisers guide produced by the El Salvador Rally organisers.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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