Crossing the border between Nicaragua and El Salvador used to take almost half a day. Former routes required travelers to pass through multiple borders, voyaging to either country by way of Honduras, which sits right between the two. This required bus changes, walking, tired officials and multiple international checkpoints. Nowadays, however, people simply skip the middle country and take a trip straight across the water.
By crossing from Potosi, Nicaragua to La UniÃ³n, El Salvador, Cruce del Golfo allows people to sail across the border twice a week. The beautiful Gulf of Fonseca is definitely a welcome sight for travel-weary eyes as it cuts trip time down and makes it simple to pass checkpoints.
Of course, many people decide that the Gulf of Fonseca is beautiful enough to take one of the more scenic routes through the water. They travel past lagoons that host both migratory and local birds as well as dolphins, tourists and other wildlife.
Because tourism has barely encroached on this gulf, the area is as open to transit as it is to unspoiled nature. This makes the trip fast and generally unencumbered. The fact that boating firms also handle border crossing arrangements also ensures that tourists don't have to do as much work as they used to in order to travel.
The addition of infrequently visited hotels right along the water makes it even easier to enjoy the trip from one country to another and explore the area. Unlike other tourist routes, the Gulf of Fonseca region is far less inundated with overly expensive goods, meaning it's simpler to travel this way for those on a strict budget.