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As El Salvador enters its peak surf season which lasts through November, travelers are invited to discover the best of the country’s surf culture on the country’s Sun and Beach Route. The beaches of La Libertad can be accessed within an hour’s drive from El Salvador International Airport (SAL). El Tunco and El Sunzal are among the most sought after across all skill levels, while El Zonte often serves as the host location for professional surfing contests. More information on El Salvador’s Sun and Beach Route is available here.


Located on the Pacific Coast in El Sunzal, Casa de Mar offers impressive ocean vistas and white sand beaches, as well as suites equipped with a living room, dining room, and private deck. When not utilizing the in-suite kitchen, guests may visit the main restaurant that offers an international menu from a breathtaking clifftop location. Upon request, guests can partake in surfing lessons on the famed waves of El Sunzal Beach, a favorite spot for surfers. More information is available here.


El Salvador has nine featured routes that highlight the country’s top attractions. On the Sun and Beach Route, travelers can discover El Salvador’s coast to enjoy expansive beaches perfect for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and other aquatic activities. An array of hotels, eco-lodges, marinas, restaurants, and viewing decks can be found along this seaside route. Travelers can also take in the country’s natural beauty along the Flowers Route, taste the country’s signature beans on the Coffee Route, and learn about the “Pompeii of the Americas” on the Archaeological Route. More information and booking options are available here.

Q & A

Kiki Landaverde

Corporate Account Executive, Sal & Luz Hotel

What is one off-the-beaten path activity visitors must try?

It’s hard to pick just one. Outside of the must-do surfing and volcano hiking, visitors should see the turtle releasing at Jiquilisco Biosphere Reserve. Bahia Jiquilisco is the country’s largest coastal estuary with mangrove-lined inlets and canals. Visitors are able to spend a full day sailing with researchers, measuring, tagging and releasing endangered sea turtles. Or, visitors may opt for boat tours through the mangroves as they spot different species of turtles, fish and birds.

List your top three favorite reasons to visit El Salvador, and why.

The great exchange rate and affordability of high quality accommodations make El Salvador a fantastic destination for people of all ages.

The friendly people will make you feel welcome immediately. Whether exploring San Salvador or walking through towns like Suchitoto, they are happy to share their traditions and everyday life.

And finally, the diverse landscape. Because of El Salvador’s small size, it’s possible to see the varying landscape within just a few days. Hike volcanoes one day, and surf the Pacific Coast the next. Of the various volcanoes you may hike, those seeking a more active experience may tackle the moderate to difficult path to the top of Santa Ana volcano. This is the highest and steepest in the country.

Where would you send a client to experience the rich culture of El Salvador?

In one trip, I would send a client to the beautiful beaches we have in El Salvador, then on to the Mayan Route and finally to the different volcanoes.

If you had just four words to describe El Salvador, what would they be?

Friendly. Supportive. Attentive. Happy.

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