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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bahia del Sol

Volcano in front of Bahia del Sol

Feathered friend at Bahia del Sol
We decided after our wild and crazy ride over the bar to cozy up to a marina slip for a few days. Signed up with the El Salvador Rally you get a .50 per foot rate, mooring balls for $100US per month, or you can anchor out securely for free. Our plan was to hang in the marina until after the St. Patrick’s Day party and then anchor out.  So, as of today, we are now anchored out at no cost, except for the $14 per boat, per week membership fee to use the club facilities.

On the way we saw lots of dolphins

Wrestling a 45lb Jack Crevalle
The marina is nice. There is a swimming pool and palapa bar/restaurant. Prices aren’t cheap: a burger runs around $8 and the mixed drinks are $6 & $7. However, there are $1 Pilsener beers and daily specials. Bathrooms and showers are available and the internet is surprisingly decent.

The other very convenient feature is that immigration and boat importation is right here at the resort. After you arrive, they will meet you at your boat and escort you to their office. The price to import the boat was $30 and it was $10 per person for 90-day Visas.

Bahia del Sol is remote, but there are buses that will take you to nearby Herradura and Zacatecoluca.  Jim and I ventured out to Zacatecoluca and for $1 each we got a ride directly to the little pueblo. Carolyne ran off to the beach with my camera so I don’t have any photos. It was really like being in the Third World country. Really. It was the way I remember Mexico 30 years ago when I traveled with my parents.

We're renting a van and heading to San Salvador tomorrow.

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