We left Golfito and went to a harbor called Drakes Bay. About a 60 mile trip. An all day trip for us and we arrived shortly after dark. Exploring the next day we found the town itself was not to exciting, but the wildlife made for a great visit. Lots of scarlet macaws,
many many Jesus Christ lizards
(and yes we saw them walking on water) and even a 6+ foot crocodile. We left in the afternoon for an 0vernight trip to Bahia Ballena. This bay was a must stop. We visited here in 2008 on our 10th anniversary and felt we couldn’t just sail by. We went to the Isla Tortugas and did a dive there. We only snorkeled in 2008. We took a bus from the town of Tambor and went to see the town, Montezuma, and hotel we had stayed in the last time we were here.
This turned out to be quite an adventure because the road was blocked by a protest going on.
From there it was a two night three day passage to arrive in Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador. We caught many fish on the way and saw literally hundreds of dolphins.
Coming in to the bay is not like any other bar crossing we have done. Waves were breaking all around us. Including in front and behind. A “pilot” is sent out to guide you in. Riding in his own small boat with a big motor and communicating via radio, he lines you up in the right spot and tells you when to use full speed ahead to maximize the use of the waves and get you through the danger zone. Watching the boat go through before us did not help to calm my nerves, but we made it through with out too much thrill and were greeted at the docks with some ice cold refreshments. How nice is that? As it worked out we arrived the day before the final party of the El Salvador Rally, so we were able to join in on the fun event put together by some former cruisers Bill and Jean.
Here we rented a car to visit San Salvador for a doctor visit, and since it was a three day minimum rental we did a little sight seeing. Driving in San Salvador is quite the challenge. Many one way streets (of which I didn’t always comply) lots of no left turns, and street and direction signs that didn’t always make sense. Our first day we had a guide with us who easily got us to the doctor’s office.
Somehow we managed without problems the second day, but the third day was hell. Back and forth across the town a half dozen times trying to find the dive shop, the restaurant, and the machine shop.
We traveled to Puerto del Diablo to climb a some cliff side steps to see amazing views of El Salvador. Due to the dry/growing season there were too many fires burning to really enjoy it.
From there we were off to El Boqueron to view a mountainside garden area surrounding a volcano crater with a smaller crater inside it. Pretty yes, but it has nothing on Crater Lake in Oregon. Then off to a quaint little town called Suchitotto.
Billed as how El Salvador used to be. (before all of the civil wars I guess) This is a very nice place with the cobblestone roads and stucco homes all painted in bright colors. A lot like Antiqua in Guatemala. By the time we got there we were running out of daylight so we didn’t get to explore it like we wanted. Trying to get back to Stray Catz we were fighting rush hour traffic in the dark in San Salvador and it was not fun.
The plan is to leave here on Saturday and make a few multi-night trips bypassing Guatemala and Honduras straight into Mexico. Stopping only to check into the country and get fuel as necessary. If all goes right we will be back in the USA before June.