Memories of El Salvador
Bahia del Sol, El Salvador is about half way between Costa Rica and Mexico. Pacific cruisers often stop here to rest and enjoy the bay. One must cross "The Costa Rica Bar"--not that kind. This is a constantly changing, shallow area with breaking waves as you cross from open water to sheltered bay. Bill on the pilot boat guides vessels in using the VHF radio when the conditions are safe for passage. Costa Rica should be known for so much more. The Costa Ricans are absolutely lovely. The area in Bahia del Sol is terrific for cruisers--anchoring, mooring balls, marina--calm and protected. There is a lot to do and things to see. A dinghy ride through a mangrove channel leads to a mercado with lots of food choices. There are dinghy docks for pangas, t-top boats, and dinghy tie ups at restaurants. Macaws squawk and roost in the mango tree. The community of expats, "resident" cruisers, is friendly and helpful. Many homes do not have potable water or electricity. The citizens eagerly work with the cruiser group to install cisterns. Pupusas are super delicious--hand made and cooked over wood fired grills. Children travel by panga to the peninsula for school. Subsistence fishing is the main occupation. Small tiendas are may have what you want--when you ask. The people listened with a smile as we used our limited Spanish. They often answered proudly in a combination of English and Spanish. We learned so much from our conversations. Restaurants on stilts offer platos tipico on the weekends. The fresh fish is served with typical side dishes. Many people enjoy a lush, a Swedish cruiser term, for a combination of lunch and dinner! As we departed the marina, smiling staff appeared beside us with a large picnic box for our passage. "It's just something we do," commented the staff. Adios, El Salvador. Nosotros visitor de nuevo.