El Salvador - Facts

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  • El Salvador lies on the west coast of Central America, bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It has a diverse landscape of beaches, mountains and jungles.
  • The total population of El Salvador is 6.5 million people with 2.1 million inhabitants living largest city and capital, San Salvador. Spanish is the official language.
  • The currency is the US dollar. For details see General Info.
  • El Salvador uses UTC -6 Central Standard Time. For specifics see General Info.
  • El Salvador has two main seasons: Dry Season (November to April) is arid and warm with little rain. Rainy Season (May to October) is when the risk of tropical storms and hurricanes are higher. See Weather section below for more details.
  • Cruising boats are welcome to stop in El Salvador. There are two ports where recreational boats can visit: Bahia del Sol and Isla Meanguera in the Gulf of Fonseca.    Acajutla is a commercial port and is not recommended for recreational cruisers and La Union has no infrastructure for visiting yachts.
  • Boats travelling in the Gulf of Fonseca are likely to be intercepted, and possibly boarded, by Navy patrol boats who check for proper zarpes. Be aware that three different countries border the Gulf.
  • Cruising boats are discouraged by the port officials to arrive in Acajulta because it is a shipping port.
  • Both Bahia del Sol and Barillas have convenient access to major supplies if you can spend a few days to travel to nearby large cities where you can find almost everything you need.
  • The abundant sea life attracts local fishermen and long lines that are common along this coast. The lines may be marked with a black flag and a strobe light, but some have only with a few plastic bottles tied to the ends.
  • For more information see Yachting Essentials.

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  1. March 6, 2020 at 11:48 AM
    rob-murray says:

    Marina Barrillas is now closed as a port of entry.