El Salvador: Not Just a Haven for Surfers
With 190 miles of coast, replete with warm, sandy beaches that are considered amongst the best in the world by surfers, San Salvador ought to be more renowned. Beachfront property here is inexpensive…you can buy villas just a few steps from the blue Pacific Ocean for less than $100,000.
But El Salvador has more to offer than just its stunning coast-line. With the cosmopolitan capital San Salvador, and an interior that includes volcanoes, hot springs, lakes and waterfalls—this little country has plenty to offer those in search of unspoiled natural beauty.
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- Population: 6,108,590
- Capital City: San Salvador
- Climate: Tropical on coast, temperate in uplands
- Time Zone: GMT-6
- Language: Spanish (official)
- Country Code: 503
- Location: Central America, bordering the North Pacific, between Honduras and Guatema
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I was driving through the hills just north of San Salvador, enjoying El Salvador’s great highway system, when I noticed a sign indicating the turnoff for the village of Ilobasco [ee loh BAHS ko]. I didn’t have a strict itinerary to keep, so I took the exit…and discovered a pleasant town of 23,000, which was a center for the production of ceramics as far back as pre-Columbian times, primarily due to the quality of the clay in the area. Today, Ilobasco is the village for the most renowned craft item in El Salvador–the sorpresa, meaning “surprise.”
The smell of freshly roasted coffee beans wafted through the air as I made my way to El Salvador’s famous Sunday food festival which takes place in the small town of Juayúa.
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Señor Gonzales is a judge in San Salvador, and his wife, Rebeca, is an international lawyer. Usually they live and work in the city, but open up their house to paying guests on the weekends. The hospitality is superb, including some extras like free pancakes and coffee at breakfast, and they invited all their guests to dinner on Sunday. I can’t remember ever having been treated so kindly.