With an area of about 3,200 Km² the Gulf of Fonseca is shared by Honduras (North), Nicaragua (East), the Pacific Ocean (South) and El Salvador (West).
The group of islands in the Gulf is a worthy trip if you like the Ocean, sand, sun, boat rides, tranquility and nature, with views to deserted sandy beaches (some we’ll visit), sharp cliffs with caves formed by old lava ducts and volcanic formations.
We take a boat at La Unión and ride among the islands. With a little luck we’ll able to watch some marine wildlife such as sea turtles or humpback whales and the always present traditional fishermen.
On a short boat ride from La Unión is Zacatlillo Island. With just 4 Km² on this island we’ll visit La Playona, a small sandy bay with warm waters and the most gentle surf: on high tide it barely splashes your toes.
Here you can enjoy the magnificent view to the volcanic island of Amapala while you walk on the beach or have a cold drink while swinging on a hammock. Meals avaliable here or Meanguera.
The Pacific coast of the continent is a subduction zone and the reason so many volcanoes line up along the coastline from North to South.
In the Gulf of Fonseca we find some of them: Cosigüina is Nicaragua’s Easternmost tip; the islands Amapala (Honduras only volcano), Conchagüita and Meanguera and Conchagua volcano in Salvadoran territory. All of them can be seen on the boat ride.
Highlight: a hike to Conchagua volcano. From the top you have a complete view of the Gulf, the islands, the neighbor countries and the Pacific Ocean (available upon request)