: Comalapa International Airport
: Paved main road
: Barra de Santiago
: Small local seafood diner
The Barra de Santiago peninsula and basin is a protected natural area and the scenery for a wide range of authentic nature experiences. The tip of the peninsula, estuary and mangroves are excellent for bird-watching. The mangroves and canals simmers with life and exploring the area with a boat is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the unique species found here, many of which are also endangered. As you slide into the mangrove canals you may also spot crocodiles who laze on the riverbed. This is one of the best turtle beaches in the country and during the season from June to December you have an opportunity to observe the sea turtles nest their eggs on the beach. Several local conservation programs keep turtle farms and periodically turtle babies are released into the ocean. If you want to participate, we can help to arrange it. Other activities we recommend are surfing and long relaxing walks at this stunning beach.
If you wish to explore the nearby area there are several options. The largest National Park of El Salvador:'El Imposible' is just one hour away and here hiking, bathing in waterholes and rivers and enjoying nature are the main attractions. Los Cobanos has a coral reef and hosts great diving and whale watching (in season) and is just one hour drive from Barra de Santiago. Other places to visit are the quaint tourist villages along the Ruta de Las Flores which is a string of small coffee producing villages cradled along the western volcanic range. A round trip accessing the Ruta de Las Flores along the scenic road passing by Jujutla and Guamango and driving down the route exiting in Sonsonate makes for a great day trip to then come back to relax at the beach.