Our Thoughts on Estero Tamarindo/ Gulf of Fonseca
01 April 2008 | Estero Tamarindo/ Gulf of Fonseca
I really want to share with other cruisers who might read this, about the Gulf of Fonseca, mostly Tamarindo Village and Estero. Giovanni and, I believe, 2 colleagues, have recently purchased property just inside Estero Tamarindo and are in the beginning stages of building a marina there. "Marina Azul" if memory serves me correctly, will be the name of it. Gervin is a local from Tamarindo that is their current employee. They plan to put in a pull in/dry dock area, as well as moorings and other marina amenities. Right now, if you would like to use any of the basic services available from fresh water delivery, trash disposal, guide around Tamarindo village and the Buena Vista side, and knowledge of the area and be connected to Gervin, email me and I can pass along Giovanni's contact information to you. Gervin speaks very little English, although we were able to communicate fairly well with our broken Spanish. He is a very friendly helpful gentleman and his wife Deborah made us some tortillas for 4/.25. We tipped him what we felt was appropriate. LaUnion is a short, (30-40 min. bus ride away where there are a few Ferreterias, a grocery store, marketplace (of course- no El Salvador village would be complete without one), restaurants, lumberyards, a Marinsa-a chain of marine supply stores, and other businesses helpful for repairs or maintanence. San Miguel, the second largest city in El Salvador, is about 45 minutes away by taxi. From visiting both on the phone with Giovanni early in Jaltepeque and visited with him here in person, I am sure this will be a quality, friendly, clean marina, and inside the estero where it's fairly protected and quiet. Jim and I again want to thank him and Gervin for all there help, and wish them all the best with "Marina Azul".