El Salvador offers visitors more than 300 miles of beautiful beaches, including two of the world’s best beaches for surfing, such as: the beach La Paz Sunzal and there are other points where you’ll also find gorgeous waves for the sport as are the Zonte, La Perla, Punta Mango, among others.
From west to east for more than 45 beaches where you can enjoy the warm waters, invigorating waves and white surf of the Pacific Ocean, with an impressive variety ranging from volcanic black sand beaches of golden sand to shell ground.
On the coast of El Salvador is a beautiful gulf located in the country’s eastern border in the province of La Union which has waters shared with Honduras and Nicaragua, within Salvadoran waters can know Meanguera Island, with a wealth of history for their fame of receiving vessels of all types in the colonial times, you can reach this island by boats that leave from the port of La Union.
In the country there are three mangrove areas are: Estero de la Barra de Santiago, Estero Bay Jaltepeque and Jaquilisco, in these areas and in the bay you can play sports such as water skiing, swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling , sport fishing and other water activities, like going out to sea through its river mouths.
All beaches in El Salvador have excellent access via paved roads, very few will have to travel very short periods of dirt roads, the coastal road (coastal) connects to the beaches, you can cross the entire Salvadoran coast 5 or 6 hours on this road, it will have breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and on the route are many restaurants with fresh seafood including; oysters, lobsters, shrimp, fish, squid, octopus, snails or other exotic sea foods, which can be served with a rich coconut, tangerine juice or your favorite drink, all served with the kindness of the Salvadoran people friendly and warm.
In El Salvador there is a wide range of tourist services including beach hotels, clubs and restaurants, services boats, kayaks operators, dive shops, surf instructors and many attractions that invite you to enjoy the Salvadoran coast is simply stunning .
Beaches of the western
Playa de La Barra de Santiago
Located in the department of Abroad, this is a beach town where you will find numerous seafood supply, and will be in contact with the ocean and the estuary of the bar, the estuary is suitable for swimming, kayaking , sailing, water skiing, and can go out to sea at high tide through the mouth of El Zapote.
If traveling by car, access is through the CA 2 which leads to the border of La Hachadura, comes from San Salvador to Sonsonate and Acajutla thence due to to reach the diversion of kilo 5 turn right (west ) and continue until mile 98.5 there is detour find that tells “Towards La Barra de Santiago” continue on this road which will lead you to the beach.
If traveling by bus, at the terminus of Route 205 West address that leads to Sonsonate Sonsonate terminal address 259 route leading from Sonsonate Hachadura border at mile 98.5 and down and from there find services transportation pick-ups that lead to the beach, or you can tackle the 459 route that leads to the mouth of the sapote.
The beach is a beach Metalío classic black sands and the water temperature will captivate you in this beach there are many small restaurants with fresh seafood, its proximity to the port of Acajutla gives a dynamic to their trade and supply seafood, its location is perfect place to observe the beautiful colors of the sunset as the sun over the sea referred to hide in any time of year, which makes it an excellent destination for amateur and professional photographers looking to capture a picture Salvadoran Pacific awesome.
By car, go traveling from San Salvador to Sonsonate, Sonsonate then be followed with direction to the Port of Acajutla, and the diversion of “kilo 5” turn to the west (to the right) to address the CA-2, and travel 9.9 miles there find a diversion with signage that tells you where to cross to reach the beach.
By bus, San Salvador go to the western terminal and board the # 205 route to reach Sonsonate transferring to Route # 259 that leads to the Hachadura and lower border at the junction that tells Metalío to cross from there to the beach is about 1km walk can travel without any problem.
Playa Los Cóbanos
Beautiful beach located in the rocky reef north Pacific longest golden sandy beach, ideal for snorkeling where you can see the coral formations, shipwrecks over 120 years and the possibility of humpback whales during the months of October to February, in this beautiful beach is a protected area will find some excellent international chain hotels, golf clubs and eco-lodges with superb facilities and comfort as well as in the foundation that protects the reef can arrange a boat tour to dive sites , snorkeling and fishing.
For different tours in the area to contact phone FUNDARRECIFE +503-2417 6825
By car, head Sonsonate, Sonsonate after crossing, continue in the direction of Acajutla past the turning “kilo 5”, and 3 kms approximately find the turning for The Cóbanos should turn left (east) the beach The Cóbanos is approximately 7 km after passing this diversion.
By bus, departing head of San Salvador to Sonsonate on Route 205, then transfer there to Route 257 that leads to the beach The Cóbanos.
Beaches of central
Playa El Zonte
Excellent beach for surfing, and the scene of national and international events in the sport, with good range of hotels and restaurants, camping areas, runs a surfing school run by women who are part of the national rankings, which also drive significant community development projects and environmental eco there rocky areas with beautiful landscapes and friendly family waves for access is excellent through the coastal road located at km. 53.5.
Playa El Palmarcito
Excellent beach for surfing or body surfing, where small business is offer food with fresh seafood, there is secure parking air, plus there is a club that offers all services such as food, shelter, have artificial pools for kids and adults, slides, also has two beautiful salt water pools next to the sea in which the waves recycle their water, has excellent viewpoints, entrance fees to the club range from $ 7.00 and accommodation from $ 20.00 your schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 p: m:
If traveling by car, part of San Salvador La Libertad heading through the CA-4 then to reach freedom turn to the east on the CA-2 and at mile 51.5 you will find a sign indicating the entrance the club and the beach.
If traveling by bus, terminal tackle on Route 102 west to reach freedom transships Route 192 that leads to the pearl and the 49.5 km reach down, there you will find the sign on the beach the Palmarcito or be addressed in Freedom Park, on Route 107 San Salvador which will lead from san salvador to the beach the Palmarcito, this route goes up Teotepeque so this route continues its journey after the Palmarcito.
Beach and El Tunco Sunzal
Considered by the specialized media and international surfers among the world’s best beaches for surfing, great beach for snorkeling and shallow diving, where is rocky seabed habitat can see oysters, lobsters, corals with all clarity especially in the summer months (November to April) on the beach that adjoins the tunco a variety of restaurants offering delicious seafood and accommodation to surfers and tourists in the area there is also an excellent restaurant sea-house international cuisine and magnificent facilities that meets the most demanding there is also a workshop of tables in case your surfboard is damaged as well as rent and instructors for this sport, an inevitable fate regarding sun beach and surfing.
By car, head for San Salvador liberty port through the CA-4 to reach freedom turn right (west) and the CA-2 to advance to kilometer 42 where you will find the sign indicating the entrance to this wonderful beach
By bus, go to the western terminal and board the 102 route that leads to freedom then there trasborde to Route 80-which will transport 25 minutes to this beautiful beach.
Playa La Paz
Inevitable destination for fans of surfing, on this important develop beach surfing championships at center, Latin American and global himself in an environment with abundant and varied tourism services such as restaurants, lodging, surfing and kayaking instructors by its proximity to the spring of freedom provides ease of acquiring seafood when they are landed by fishermen, if you are fond of deep sea fishing, you can rent a boat at the dock with a sailor who will take over the coast and to advise or accompany you to your fishing day a success, an important item of these trips is observed in this voyage many marine species such as dolphins (large amount) gold, marlin, tuna and others, and if you are lucky in the months from mid-November to March can see migrating whales heading to North America and to make territorial waters of El Salvador their way to warmer waters.
By car, head of San Salvador to La Libertad through the CA-4, La Libertad is 36 km from San Salvador for this route.
By bus, board Route 102 in the western terminal which takes you directly to the port of La Libertad, then you can go about 700 meters west of the pier where you will find the beach craft La Paz.
Puerto de La Libertad
Old harbor with a lot of history, where it worked the first port of Freedom in 1854, and now become a modern resort with many amenities which hosts artistic, gastronomic and sporting amphitheater has a spring craft can be seen there the sailing and fishing boats dock and an opportunity to purchase fresh seafood on arrival, also operate restaurants, sales of handicrafts, traditional food cafes, the beach is very friendly, pleasant water temperature and sand surface quite regularly.
San Diego beach
Wide beach with over 7 km long, ideal for beach sports such as jogging, volleyball or beach football, walking or just sunbathing, the waves are gentle, we must say that this beach has small irregularities in his bed that can give problems for children or older people because of that we must be careful when taking bath, but if you enjoy caution doubt that there is in it a lot of supply of services such as accommodation, restaurants and places where you can enjoy a variety of cocktails locals offer visitors.
By car, drive to the port of freedom, to reach the port turn left (east) 4 km on the coastal road (CA-2) that freedom leads to Comalapa there you will find the turnoff to san diego.
By bus, the terminal address Route 102 West and reach the port of transshipment freedom to 80-b path which leads to the beach of san diego in 25 minutes.
Costa del Sol beach and estuary Jaltepeque
The longest beach in El Salvador of 12-15 km with many hotels, beach clubs and places where you can watch the sunsets or sunrises enjoying fresh seafood and the beverage of your choice, for its size is ideal for jogging , playing foot ball and volley ball.
Also at the end of the boulevard costa del sol can access Jaltepeque estuary where you can browse through their channels through mangroves and see birds like herons, ducks, gulls, as these mangroves are home to migratory and resident birds.
You can also enter the sea off the mouth of Cordoncillo or the Mouth of the Rio Lempa which is adjacent to the beach Blacks which is a wonderful quiet unspoiled beach, transportation from the lace which is located at the end of the boulevard costa del sol to the mouth of Lempa River costs about $ 45.00 on a boat with capacity for 12 people and lasts 3 hours round trip can also visit Montecristo Island where you will find accommodation and food services.
By car, head of San Salvador by the CA-2 that leads to the east, at kilometer 43 find the detour that leads to the Sunshine Coast, turn right and 15 minutes to find the marked detour takes you to the Costa del Sol.
By bus terminal in the south see the route that goes straight to the Costa del Sol, which will take down the boulevard Costa del Sol to the beach The Sprig.
Beaches East of El Salvador
Jaquilisco Bay (Biosphere Reserve and RAMSAR site)
Located approximately 110 kilometers from San Salvador, is an area of mangrove swamps and forests that are home salted birds like herons, gulls and other, more or less 55 kilometers long, is the peninsula of San Juan of joy, receiving waters large river san miguel and has 7 main islands are Cumichín, Holy Spirit, Tortuga, San Dionisio, San Sebastián, Samaria, El Arco, and other smaller islands, their bocanas why you can go offshore are 2: The Chepona , and Crashing, its coastal ports are the Port’s win and Puerto Parada.
In Jaquilisco Bay visitors can enjoy swimming, skiing, bird watching (birdwatching) sailing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and sports, windsurfing, among other activities.
Also in the Bay Area is Chahuantique protected area home to spider monkeys (endangered) and big blue butterfly.
In the Bay of Jaquilisco you can also visit the Espiritu Santo Island where you can observe the process of industrialization which coconut oil is extracted coconut.
An inescapable destiny Jaquilisco Bay is the Pirraya Island in the vicinity of Isla San Sebastian and Bocana the Bajón, this little island is where the bulk of foot ball players representing beach El Salvador in World Championships Foot ball beach bungalows offer accommodation in ecological and feeding healthy and fresh seafood as well as interesting boat tours and fishing tours.
If traveling by car, via the coastal road (CA-2) leading to east you reach the junction of Jaquilisco at km 101, turn right (south) to 4 miles of that point is the Puerto El Triunfo from where you can hire a boat that takes you around the bay and its islands, the price of these tours ranging from 20 to 30 dollars in boats with capacity for 10 people.
If traveling by bus, at the south terminal address 185 route, this route leads to the bay and Puerto El Triunfo.
Playa El Espino
One of the longest beaches in El Salvador with more than 10 kilometers in length, ideal for beach sports that require large areas as beach soccer, volleyball, jogging, or also angling, swimming and other activities, there are services accommodation and food.
If traveling by car, go through the coastal road (CA-2) leading from San Salvador to the east and after passing the city of Usulutan 10 kilometers detour to find the hawthorn beach, you turn to the south ( on the right) and travel approximately 26 miles to get to the beach.
If traveling by bus go to the south terminal and board the Route 302 that leads to Usulutan then transfer to Route # 358-b or to Route 351 that take you directly to Playa El Espino.
Playa El Cuco and Playa Las Flores
Fine black sand beaches and friendly waves, which offers excellent tourist services such as hotels, restaurants, excellent accessibility, Las Flores beach-club work surfers hotels that offer boat tours to “spots” as Punta Mango Surf, Beaches La Vaca, El Toro, La Ventana and fishing tours.
Beaches: Las Tunas, Torola Playas Negras, El Maculis and El Tamarindo
This is an area that meets the aforementioned beaches and in a small area can find different types of beaches are black sand beaches with rock formations where you will find small pools that have formed on the rocks and enjoy them as a pool, The Maculis is a beautiful cove with gentle waves perfect for families, seniors and children, with great stretch of beach for walking or sunbathing beach sports or just relax.
El Tamarindo is a beach estuary characteristics, little waves, low and steady deep in tamarind boats offer you find that lead him to know the eastern coast of El Salvador, or it can lead to the islands of the Gulf of Fonseca .
By car, go on the coastal road (CA-2) from San Salvador to the east, after passing Usulutan find a detour called El Delirio, there turn right and continue; find a detour that says the cuckoo pass it, then find another that says Intibucá must also pass this and the third diversion says to Tamarindo, turn right there and go find first the Playa Las Tunas, after Torola beaches, Playas Negras and then The Maculis and El Tamarindo
By bus, go to the eastern terminal and board the Route 301 that leads to San Miguel, then San Miguel terminal address 385 route going to Tamarindo, San Miguel’s trip to El Tamarindo lasts 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.
Gulf of Fonseca
Among the republics of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua the Pacific Ocean form the Gulf of Fonseca, discovered in 1522, by the Chief Pilot Gil Gonzalez de Avila, Aborigines called this water inlet “Chorotegan” but its Spanish discoverer gave the present name in honor of Fray Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca, bishop of Burgos and former president of the royal and supreme council of India.
Gulf Within the housing a volcanic archipelago, major islands which are Zacate Grande, El Tigre, Gueguensi and Exhibition, belonging to Honduras, Rocks Naked, you isolate, Los Farallones to Nicaragua, Meanguera Meanguerita (Pirigallo) Conchaguita , Punta Zacate or Zacatillo, Martin Perez and other smaller to El Salvador.
The deeper entrance channel lies between the volcano and the islands Conchagua Conchaguita and Punta Zacate or Zacatillo, has 10 to 12 meters deep and can be traveled by deep-draft vessels.
According to legend, the English corsair Francis Drake buried his treasure on the island of Meanguera and some of them at the top Chiquirín in what is today the canton of hidden water, 8 miles from La Union.
A century later, in 1782 the English pirates plundered and burned the villages of Meanguera, on the island of the same name, and those of Tecapa and Conxagua in Conchaguita, which caused the Spanish government order of the islands poblasen not so difficult to defend, Conchaguita still admires the church door Teak Santa Ana, built in the sixteenth century by the monks of the Order of San Francisco.
Conchagua’s population was founded by the survivors of the destroyed villages Meanguera, Teak and Conxagua and whose colonial church built in 1693 in which folkloric presentations remain colorful and emotion as the Feast of San Sebastian (17 to 20 of January) dances the stories of the Moors and Christians, that of St. James (24-25 July), the story of Charles V, and the Virgen del Transito (August 15).
Union Township is now a center of economic development because it has been installed in this region one tuna cannery and exporter which dynamism in the area and is a source of jobs, just as it has been finalized and operation has been Cutuco port, and has opened a technical school specializing in tourism which offers the youth a chance projection very academic in the area, private enterprise has accompanied this dynamic and a major hotel group , has established a modern hotel in La Union and installed medium hotels with excellent services.