It was a bit faltering when planning the trip; especially you hear a horrible reputation of the country. Crime still a massive problem in El Salvador, but as long as you follow the tourist track, there’s nothing to be worried. The commiseration of the country’s reputation is affecting the local people, and affright visitors. Don’t search too much information about crime and violence; it only ruins your plan. How more I read about it how more I scared to go.
El Tunco is a fast growing town of El Salvador, a favorite destination for young and old travelers, particularly for the youth ones. The village lies on the coast, a surf town in El Salvador.
What can I say, we feel very safe in the area; it is a tiny town with only two streets. It didn’t feel like we’re in El Salvador. El Tunco is a very touristy place. They have their tourist police station.
There isn’t much to do in El Tunco if you’re not into surfing. The beach isn’t too great but is suitable for a swim. On our three days here it was chilling. However, we’re not a traveler who sit the whole day doing nothing.
THINGS TO DO IN EL TUNCO!
- Tamanique Waterfalls – is not far from the beach. There are offices in town arranging a day trip to the falls, or you can do it yourself by taking the chicken bus 187, when you arrived in town there are locals offer you as a guide. It takes an effort to get there which requires a bit of adventure, but you’re rewarding when you reach the waterfalls.
- The Sunset On The Beach – As part of things to do, the beach area is a place to watch the sunset. Join with the others! The rock on the beach called the (pig) due to its formation is one of the most photographing in El Tunco. Everyone will be sitting on the beach in the afternoon waiting for the sunset.
- Partying all night – Are you partying right? We’re not that kind of traveler partying all night; we sip some cocktails okay. El Tunco is an impressive small town, full with bars and if you happen to be there in the weekend, there is a lot more to do and much busier.
- The Beach Caves – I heard there were four caves in El Tunco. We walk to one of the caves in the morning, but we haven’t found it, as it was high tide. There is another one in Libertad but again only accessible during low tide. However, you can go down there even at high tide and able to see inside. In the premises of the LA PAMPA LIBERTAD RESTAURANT, you can take the stairway down to the cave. This restaurant is also an excellent place for dinner to watch the sunset.
- Hop to one of the bars and coffee shops or go shopping – There is a selection of shops in town as well for the coffee shop and cocktail bars. Most of them located on the main road. Can’t remember how many times we walk over and again to the street.
Walking on the beach – Probably the first thing you want to do. When is low tide you can endless walk on the beach; it is not a powdery beach and in some areas are full of crags walking with flip flop is annoying.
WHERE TO STAY IN EL TUNCO
However, it is a small town, but there is no shortage of places to stay. Accommodation in El Tunco is a bit expensive, especially on weekends. We were staying at this hotel EL SUNZALITO it has a swimming pool and near the beach. For dining: plenty of choices but during our stay, we mostly eat like the local people. Barbecue is mainly to find everywhere and cheap.
TIPS: ARRIVING IN SAN SALVADOR AT NIGHT
You probably freak out when you landed at night in San Salvador. We have a night arrival as there wasn’t a choice on flights. I email our hotel for airport pickup but never got an answer. In general, I’m always concerned when arriving at a new destination at night. However, there was plenty of registered taxis outside; you don’t have to search for it – there are colporteurs acclaiming passengers who need a cab. Assent the price before you go. For El Tunco we pay 28 US dollars for one hour drive.
ENTRY, EXITS AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
We departed this trip from Havana, at the check-in counter they asked if we have a roundtrip ticket of El Salvador? NO, we haven’t because we are going through over the border to Guatemala, but I had the shuttle bus reservation voucher.
You may consult the embassy in your home country if you need one. For Belgium passport, you get a 90 days free visa on arrival. You also need to carry a return ticket with you. In our case, we haven’t asked for it, but I’ve seen people need to show it. How lucky we are! As we have our return flight from Guatemala, but I have proof of shuttle bus from El Tunco to Guatemala which I booked online.