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hi there,

a friend and i will be in El Salvador next winter (early Feruary) and would like to spend a few days at the beach. does anyone have any recommendations of which beach and where to stay when there. we both speak decent spanish so lack of english speakers is fortunately not an issue for us
cheers
AndrewDavid

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    I stayed in El Tonca, if you like surfing it's a great place. If you don't surf it is still a great place. There is a bus that runs up and down the road that hits 5 or 6 beaches as well as a main town La Libertad for .25 cents. I have a blog if you want to get pricing etc. and bus routes. Most of the tourist are El Salvadorians which is great, the people are very nice and helpful. http://trekkertracks.blogspot.com/2009/03/el-salvador-san-salvador-la-libertad-el.html

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    The last poster is right on the money Playa El Tunco check out La Tortuga Surf Lodge, right on the beach, small pool and board rentals, there are about 20 different places to stay from about $10/night up to the very nice places $100+. If your looking for a little calmer atmosphere check out Playa El Zonte, theres a place there calle Esencia Nativa dorm room start at $8/night and privates around $15. For more information about what to do in El Salvador...


    Think about El Salvador smallest of the CA countries not many other travellers and great waves if you like to Surf there are some Australians that have a low budget hostal on the beach of San Diego(no spanish need there and quite a party from what I have heard) its call hostal El Roble do a search I think they have a blog site. Anyway just a biased thought as I live here but anyway here is some more information about this small but very diverse country.

    Buses are your best bet in most of Central America, most use the local buses but if you need to travel fast there are 3 central amercian bus lines that provide direct similuxury buses between souther mexico and San Jose Costa Rica. They are not really not very expensive for the service they provide, you can find information on their web at ticabus.com, kingquality and buses el sol. When travelling in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaruagua and Hodurous you will be given only 90 for the 4 countries and border crossing are fairly easy policy and price varies if you need to get an extention for more days. From what I have heard from other travelers the only contry that respects fully the C4 agreement is El Salvador where you won´t charged when entering or leaving the country the other 3 contries will charge enrty and exit fees of between $3-$7.
    I have been living in El Salvador for now over 15 years and for the past 7 years I have become very involved in local tourism(I am the current president of our local tourism association here in Suchitoto) The following is a list of places on that I consider must visit if travelling in El Salvador, the list is in no particular order.
    1) the beaches of the west coast great for surfing or just hanging out, for more night life Playa El Tunco and a little more laid back Playa El Zonte.
    2) Playa Los Cobonos, there now is a new inexpensive hostel run by a young salvadorean woman Karla(PM me for the phone)
    3) Still in the west the ruta de flores and especially Ataco and Juayua but have many lodging options, coffee tours, waterfalls. Ziplines and dune buggy tours are a kick and can be found in Apaneca
    4) Tacuba and the imposible park, check out the site for imposible tours with manolo and his parents hostel. Most travelers I have talked to have loved his tours.
    5) In the north La Palma, San Ignacio and the highlands
    6) Suchitoto(where I live) great to just kick back and relax. There are now 5 hostels all under $20 two that charge $7 and hotels up to $100+ Civil war hikes or hourseback rides on the Guazapa mountains, the El Necio Bar even a disco on fridays and Saturdays
    7) Alegria, came in first as El Salvadors best tourist city, not a lot to do there but it is a pretty town in the mountains, great views and a nice crater lake. There are only two hostels
    8) Perquin and northern Morazan, war museun, masacre site at El Mozote and natural reserve area Rio Sapo. I always recommend a tour with trhe guides at Prodetur(booth in Perquin and main office about 10 minutes out of town) they charge between $15-20 for a full day tour on local buses to museum, Mozote and rio sapo
    Well that should give you a good start you can find links to most every thing in El Salvador at [url=http://www.theotherelsalvador.com]http://www.theotherelsalvador.com [/url]and for more information about Suchitoto visit the oficial site at [url=http://www.suchitoto-el-salvador.com]http://www.suchitoto-el-salvador.com [/url]or unofficial site at [url=http://www.gaesuchitoto.com]http://www.gaesuchitoto.com[/url]
    Ok have a great trip and if you need more information about El Salvador feel free to drop me an email.
    Robert Broz "El Gringo" in Suchitoto

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