Having spent 6 weeks in El Salvador I thought I’d share some information on the facilities. Bahia del is both a hotel and a small marina. The hotel has mature, landscaped gardens and an immigration office, so you can do your immigration and port captain without leaving the premises.
Onsite immigration office
Lets not forget about the resident macaws, who are always near the office waiting for a bit of interaction from passerby’s.
There is a $15 US a week fee if you want to use Bahia del Sol’s facilities. What does this give you?
- dinghy dock – You can tie up your dinghy in the marina on one of the arms.
- the swimming pool at Bahia del Sol Hotel and their sister hotel across the road
- use of the internet, which if you had a wifi booster you may be able to get it anchored from your boa.t otherwise you have to come ashore to use it.
- Access to their rubbish bins to get rid of your garbage.
- $1 beers
- 30% of meals
- Washing is $2 a pound, except on Tuesdays when it is $1 a pound
If you are planning to fly back to your home country or do some land based trips or you would rather be at a marina, well they have that too. Or another options is one of the mooring buoys in front of Bill and Jean’s home for $5 US a day.
Marina on the left the mooring buoys in front of Jean and Bill’s on the right.
Jean and Bill who run the El Salvador rally frequently run events like:
- Saturday night drinks at their house, followed by a walk to the pupusa stand for dinner on their island.
- Estuary trips
- Pool parties
- Mango Festival
Even if you choose not to attend any events, Bill and Jean can provide you with useful information on where to get things repaired or they can help organise a hire car for any trips you have planned.
I think this place is an excellent location if you are looking for a place to either leave your boat or just to stay during the hurricane season.