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Getting There & Away

La Unión has services to Zacatillo (US$2, 20 minutes) and Meanguera (US$2.50, 1½ hours) from the pier. Departure times vary, but are generally from 10:30am, returning at 5am the next day. Day-trippers have to arrange a private pick-up.

A private ‘express’ lancha costs from US$60 round-trip to Meanguera. Agree on a price before the journey starts, and pay only half up front to ensure your return trip. You could also contact Golfo de Fonseca Boat Tours for a quote.

Ferries for the islands also depart from Las Playitas, further down the coast.