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Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009

Barillas Marina (Mooring)

Best place for long-term in the water storage is Barillas Marina Club. Totally secure.  
Charges in 2002 were $8 per day.
Free bus ride twice a week into Usulutan for provisioning.
Yellow ATM (Visa only) at the Super Selecto Store for US dollars. 

No on the hard storage.


Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009

Rendevous (Entrance)

Call on Channel  It takes about 20 minutes for the panga to get to the waypoint from the marina. He will then lead you the 10 miles up the estuary to the marina mooring fields. Once the panga gets you placed on a mooring ball, the driver will bring the customs and port captain representatives out to your boat along with someone from the marina office. Then they give you a ride into the marina complex and you go see the immigration guys who have their office right on the property. 

Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009

Usulutan (Supermarket)

Bahia Del Sol (Anchorage)

Quite a scary entrance between two shoals with breaking waves and only in favorable weather on a high tide. Recommended to call for a guide in a panga.

Anchor in about 17 feet in the lagoon in front of the hotel which is favorable to cruisers and offers substantial discounts on food and bar.

Navy and immigration will come out to your boat to check you in.

No port entry fees, just a $10 tourist visa.

Free anchorage. Moorings $5/day. Excellent restaurant, a bar, huge swimming pool, new showers, beautiful beach.

Good place to leave the boat.


Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009

La Herradura (Market)

20 minute by dinghy
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009

Rendevous Point (Entrance)

13°16.5N 88° 53.5W

Calll on VHF 16 for guidance from locals or other cruisers before entering the cut.

Best in the last two hours of the incoming tide.

Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009

Bahia Del Sol (Anchorage)

Zacatecoluca (Supermarket)

Excellent US style supermarket
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009

Bus to San Salvador (Bus)

The Express bus direct to San Salvador comes by the hotel entrance at 5:30 AM and 11:00 AM; otherwise transfer at Los Arcos.
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009

Taxi (Jose) (Transport)

Jose will take you in to San Salvador and be your chauffeur and guide for an entire day for a very reasonable fee. His phone number is 747-2104. Jose speaks good enough English and is very knowledgeable about the area.
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 09-Apr-2009