Details for Puerto Barillas

Puerto Barillas

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 4 reviews

Address Nearest City is Usulutan

Phone(503) 2675-1131

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager


Heriberto Pineda


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

If you have a boat on a mooring, renting one of the air conditioned bungalows is half price.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Approach the coast of El Salvador at the appropriate position. Call Barillas (pronounced Barrias Marina Cloob) on VHF channel 16. A guide in a small power boat will be sent to bring you in across the bar. Unless you're very confident of your local knowledge, wait for the guide.

Coordinates for the meeting with Pilot Panga:
13°07.018' N, 88°25.165' W

The following is the approach information from the Harbor Master at Barillas:

#1 Meeting point outside reef and sand island 13°07.018´ N and 88°25.165´ W 35 feet of water, Volcan San Miguel bears 025° M, Cerro Azul bears 060° M
#2 13°07.727´N and 88°24.391´W
#3 13°08.365´N and 88°24.285´W
#4 13°09.670´N and 88°26.092´W
#5 13°10.512´N and 88°26.871´W
#6 13°11.504´N and 88°27.181´W Abeam on STBD is 1st detached palapa in village of Pirallita. Stay 100 yards off Pirallita Point, due to shoals.
#7 13°12.367´N and 88°26.554´W 43 feet of water, but soon shoals to 9 feet.
#8 13°12.717´N and 88°26.652´W back in deep water.
#9 13°14.167´N and 88°27.277´W You've just passed side channel to starboard.
#10 13°15'N and 88°28.382'W abeam side channel to port.
#11 13°15.626´N and 88°28.520´W Turn to port where you can see the first 80 moorings. Stay in the middle of the channel which gently curves to port. (Note that only moorings are offered for boats, no docks exist).
#Fuel 13°15.722´N and 88°29.439´W - 12 feet at low tide.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 4
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 65
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No docks; mooring buoys only.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - There are frequently livaboards on the moorings. Lack of electricity is a detractor, but water and fuel are easily hauled by dingy or panga or by slipping the ball for the fuel dock once in a while.


Fuel brand: Texaco

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: $4.80 US per gallon.


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out










Yes - Fee


Yes - Shop in Usulutan (closeby large city) at a supermercado via marina van. Free twice a week; additional trips can be arranged for a fee.





Yes - There is a nice outdoor bar on the marina premises.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Bungalows (on premises) can be rented.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

No - Available at the boatyard next door.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Boat rentals.

Internet access

Yes - Broadband Internet access is available to customers in the mooring field at the tiny cabanas on the marina property.

Boat ramp availability




Other services

Outdoor hot tub on the marina property. Pool.


Airplane tours and monkey walks.

Reviews for Puerto Barillas
Very much enjoyed our time there, 2014-01-31
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

We arrived at Marina Barillas in El Salvador after a bumpy 260 nm passage from Puerto Madero, Mexico. We were then met by a panga from the marina who guided us up the 10 mile estuary to the marina, which isn't a marina in the sense that one typically envisions one.

The marina only has a couple dozen mooring balls and a very nice shed system where locals store their small boats which the marina launches with a tractor. I can only guess that the reason that the marina is located so far up the estuary is that it's one of the few places along the estuary where there's power and road access.

Aside from the estuary, the landscape of the area is beautiful. There are multiple active volcanos in the area, including one that erupted just a month ago! They create a stunning backdrop to everything and it's quite interesting to watch puffs of steam belch from the volcano's caldera.

The area is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which I assume was created to protect all of the wildlife which live there. My favorite time of the day is the hour or so before sunrise when the sky is full of flocks of birds making their daily move towards the coast and the sounds are just amazing. The cacophony of the birds calling to one another is amazing to listen to and there are all kinds of interesting pops, clicks and the occasional crashing sounds made by something large moving around.

There are alligators, including what was described as a 6 meter (20') big boy who is reported to live there. You see them regularly along the mangroves or sunning themselves on the mud banks at low tide. This did a great job of mitigating my desire to get in and check out the bottom of the boat...

Clearing into El Salvador couldn't had been easier. All of the officials came out to the boat via a marina panga and filled out all of the paperwork in short order. They did a brief inspection which entailed opening 2 cabinets and declined my offer to look further. Checking out was even easier when they met us at the pool in the afternoon prior to our departure and did the paperwork to clear out. The next morning at 5 AM we were met by a smiling and jovial immigrations officer who stamped our passports so that we could leave!

One of the first things that we did was to take a hike into the jungle to see the colony of spider monkeys who live there. The villagers who live there called them and within a minute or two you could hear them crashing through the tree tops and they quickly scampered down to meet us and get fed bananas. You don't think that they've done this before, do you?

The marina itself is a very nice place to spend time. They've got a wonderful 3 tier pool and restaurant/bar that serves basic food. The staff is extremely helpful and even managed to get our propane tank filled thata couldn't be filled in Puerto Madero.

Quiet, Inexpensive, Safe & Secure, 2013-06-08
Captain: , Juneau, AK (288)

Very quiet mooring field in river-like estuary. Very calm and quiet, no surge and only gentle, lazy current shifts at tidal changes. Isolated location, security on site and even patrolling by water at night assures security to the point that many cruisers choose this location for long term storage while out of country. Resturant is good (Try the Talipia) but limited menu. Not the place to stay if you crave the nightlife, but definately the place if you love peace and quiet.
Staff are extremely helpful and will go out of their way to help you. Tuesday and Friday a free van goes into the local town, Usulutan, where there are good supermarkets, outdoor markets and some marine supplies. Marina will help you obtain supplies from San Salvador if necessary, as they make one weekly trip there.
Boat haul out possible next door on old rail slide system. Boatyard workers anxious for opportunities and have good rates. (We had our bottom painted). You'll need to arrange for your own supplies though. We spent two restful weeks here. The only detractor is that there is a good supply of bugs, so bring plenty of bug dope.

Left boat for several months, 2011-12-29
Captain: , San Francisco (409)

Very private and secluded resort which offers mooring buoys at reasonable price. There is a restaurant, bathrooms with showers, convenience store, wifi, pool, jacuzzi, fuel dock, kayak and pwc rental, cabin rental.
I left my boat on the buoy for over 6 months with excellent results. I requested periodical ventilation and bottom cleaning which was performed well as promised.
Sometimes (usually morning or evening) there is a presence of no-see-ums (called here jejenes) so bring your repellent.

Barillas Marina Club (moorings) (2005), 2007-09-03
Captain: , New Port Richey, Fl (231)

Interesting private mooring field. Call them on channel 16 as you approach the breaking bar on El Salvador's Pacific coast to arrange for the necessary guide through the bar. The mooring field is good. Paperwork for check in/out and customs will be taken care of by Barillas. They have a van to take groups to the nearest large town, Usulutan, for provisioning. Prices are reasonable. In 2005 there were armed guards on the van and at the store but no problems. The marina has fuel at reasonable prices. Broadband Internet is available at the in beautiful outdoor shelters near the river. There is a very nice outdoor bar with food on the premises. El Salvador is full of volcanoes and ruins if you have time to tourist. The only small matter to be aware of is that sometimes the cane fields are burned at night which can leave ash on your deck (no the volcano didn't go off).
And beware of mosquitos especially at dusk and dawn due to the mangroves near the moorings.

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