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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Fast Facts About El-Salvador

El Salvador
  • 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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Help rebuild the Great Wall of China...and other volunteer adventures in the natural world

Help rebuild the Great Wall of China…and other volunteer adventures in the natural world

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Clarification Causes Confusion

In May it was announced that visitors to Panama entering on a tourist visa would no longer be granted a 90-day stay (extendable for another 90 days). Instead, immigration officials said, those entering on a tourist visa would be granted just 30 days-extendable up to 60 additional days. This month, rumors began circulating that the […]


Can You Turn a Sorpresa From El Salvador Into a Multimillion-dollar Business?

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.”


Your Man in El Salvador

I’m looking to retire in Central America. I still haven’t pinned down a destination yet, but I wanted to tell you about a contact I made during a recent research trip to El Salvador.


The Best Welcome in El Salvador

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.

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