FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About El Salvador

I've heard some things on the news about El Salvador. Is it safe?


OK yeah, you probably heard some things. Here's the straight talk. While El Salvador has had a reputation for crime in recent years, it it's been largely confined to a few non-surf related areas. El Salvador is clearly split into safe areas and not safe areas. As your guide, we know where those areas are. There are a few places you will not enter in El Salvador, but most of the country is safe compared to other countries, even those with better reputations right next door. The coastline areas remain safe as long as sensible precautions are taken. You may expect to see dangerous streets, armed guards at every store, barricaded shops with iron fences, and extreme child poverty but what you'll actually find is good infrastructure, friendly and very hospitable people, and everyone going about their daily lives. You may not not see an abundance of wealth, but there will also be minimal begging. And no obvious signs of violence. The locals are generally very friendly and welcoming to tourists. The crime in El Salvador is gang related and rarely comes in contact with tourists. We have heard many horror stories of robbings in Guatemala and Honduras, but very few in El Salvador. Again, it is horrific what the gangs are doing to the local poor and marginalized population, but those problems have not affected tourists in the country. But the most important thing to know is that El Salvador’s type of crime is not likely to affect tourists because it is aimed at other gang members. As a tourist, you are safe. This is not to say you should ignore El Salvador travel warnings, you should always exercise caution, but you can sleep tight knowing you are not the target of gang violence. Not only have we never had a safety incident on one of our trips, but busting these myths about El Salvador is a mission of ours. We know we've done our job well when our guests tell us they not only feel safe, but they'll tell others what a great experience they had in El Salvador.




What's the weather like?


El Salvador is tropical, with a dry, cool season from November through April and a hot, wet season from May until October. The beaches are warm and sunny year-round, while mountainous areas provide a welcoming cool relief. It gets hot in March and April at the end of dry season and rainfall is particularly low. May and September are the wettest months and have the best waves for surfing. During the rainy season at the beach, the rains are generally in the afternoons and evenings (so don't worry — you won't miss a surf session due to rain!)




What's a Pupusa?


Mmmm, pupusas... Pupusas are the national dish of El Salvador and are made of a thick corn (or rice) tortilla and stuffed with a savory filling —typically beans, cheese, and pork. They are often served with curtido, a fermented cabbage relish, which usually includes carrots, onions, spices, and garlic. Can you eat them for breakfast? Yes. Lunch? Yes. Dinner? Yes? After drinking? Hell, yeah. Can you eat them before surfing? Sure, but you might feel a bit full, so we recommend waiting a bit. Are you going to eat Pupusas on a trip with us? Absolutely. But you'll also try other local specialties and other great restaurants.




So, what's El Salvador like in a nutshell?


El Salvador has a bit of everything and it's all within 3 hours (or most much closer). There are great volcano hikes, beautiful crater lakes, gorgeous rainforests, broad valleys, Mayan Ruins, coffee plantations, mangrove forests, and some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. It feels like summer all year round. There's a dry season (November – May) and a rainy season (June – October). During the rainy season it rains consistently in the late afternoon, but the rest of the day is sunny. Overall, El Salvador has an amazing climate compared to most places in the world.




Anything else to know?


ELECTRICITY The electrical current is 110 volts at 60 Hz. and it uses American-type plug-in outlet. CURRENCY The official currency is the U.S. Dollar and it's accepted throughout the country. HEALTH AND VACCINES The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for El Salvador:

  • All travellers: Measles and routine vaccinations,
  • Most travellers: Hepatitis A and typhoid
Check out the CDC's Health Information for Travelers to El Salvador for additional information. If you have any health issues, please let us know! CREDIT AND ATM CARDS
Most major cards that circulate at a world-wide level can be used in most of the commercial and tourist sites. TIPPING
10% is the appropriate tip in most restaurants and bars. Some already include the gratuity in the account.





About our Surf Trips

What should I bring?


Our recommended packing list includes:

  1. Rash guard (long-sleeve ideally)
    The sun in the tropics with scorch you and if you want to surf in the middle of the day when the crowds are at their lowest, you will need something to cover your back and legs.

  2. Board shorts

  3. Beach towel

  4. Mosquito/insect repellant

  5. Sunscreen

  6. Flip flops/beach shoes

  7. Tennis shoes for hiking

  8. Sweater or light jacket as it can be chilly in the evenings

  9. Small first-aid kit/supplies, especially epi-pen or Benadryl if you are allergic anything (ie bee stings)

  10. Toiletries

  11. Water bottle

  12. A surf board leash (if you have one, if not, no worries, we provide)

  13. Surf board wax (tropical temperature; we provide but in case anyone wants their own)

  14. Extra cash and ATM card (you may want to call your bank in advance to let them know you're travelling)

  15. Valid passport with 1 full empty page and $10USD entry fee for the Salvadorean entry visa




How do I get there?


The nearest airport is El Salvador Airport (SAL), which is located about 40 min from La Libertad. We will greet you on arrival, and from there just relax and enjoy the scenery, while we take care of the rest.