People choose to live in El Salvador because it is such a warm and friendly place

Most people skip this little country and head straight for its regional neighbors of Costa Rica or Guatemala. Stories of civil war and high crime rates put a lot of potential visitors off but the war ended 20 years ago and crime, although serious, is mostly limited to rival gangs with tourists virtually never involved. With 190 miles of coast, replete with warm, sandy beaches that are considered amongst the best in the world by surfers, El Salvador ought to be more renowned.

El Salvador today is a warm and friendly place…a place that has a lot of unexpected treasures. Due to its relatively quiet tourism industry, you can experience its charms almost by yourself—including lush cloud-forest trails, active volcanoes and sparkling lakes. Punta Roca, El Salvador’s most famous surfing spot happens to be one of the best right point breaks in the world, yet it is side-lined compared to lesser swells in Costa Rica and elsewhere.

With first-rate universities, museums and galleries, a vibrant bar and live-music scene, and an array of progressive NGOs, both local and international, San Salvador is a stylish and cosmopolitan capital.

Beachfront property here is inexpensive…you can buy villas just a few steps from the blue Pacific Ocean for less than $100,000. It’s a place of remarkable warmth and intelligence, made all the more appealing for being so unexpected.

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