EL SALVADOR is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America and lies along the Pacific ring of fire, and is thus subject to significant volcanic activity and earthquakes. Its position on the Pacific Ocean also makes it subject to severe weather conditions, including heavy rainstorms and severe droughts, both of which may be made more extreme by the El Nino and La Nina effects.
El Salvador is undergoing both rapid industrialisation and population growth, despite being hampered by natural disasters. This developing country still faces many social issues and is among the 10 poorest countries in Latin America. Tourism has grown dynamically over recent years with visitors seeking out its beautiful beaches and renowned nightlife. Surfing is gaining popularity as more surfers visit El Zonte, Sunzal, and La Libertad – excellent surfing spots that are not yet overcrowded.
Cruising yachts are welcome to stop in El Salvador, albeit under the watchful eye of the authorities. The Barillas Marina in the Bay of Jiguilisco, welcomes visiting yachts and is a safe place from which to make inland trips.