This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in El Sunzal.
El Sunzal is a surfer’s paradise – but this beautiful tropical destination offers a lot more than just great waves. Over the last several years, El Sunzal has become one of the most visited tourist stops in El Salvador.
Backpackers can take advantage of the inexpensive hostel options available in this town, but there are plenty of elegant hotels and charming bed and breakfasts in the area for visitors to choose from, as well. Hostels are probably the most popular accommodation choice, since guests in this town are generally looking to spend most of their time on the beach or in the water, not in a busy hostel or a fancy hotel room.
El Sunzal isn’t a destination for people looking to explore rich history or experience cultural heritage – this is a place where tourists go to relax and enjoy the slowed-down pace of life in the tropics. There are still some opportunities to get active, though, with watersports, hiking, cycling, and even exploring the many caves along the coastline. Of course, surfing is still the main draw for most visitors, but even if you’re not a surfer, it’s nice to just spend the afternoon on the beach, watching the experienced pros cruising along the waves.
With a thriving tourism industry, El Sunzal is home to a great selection of restaurants and bars. Whether you’re looking to enjoy familiar international foods or feeling adventurous enough to sample some local cuisine, there’s something to suit any budget or appetite. There’s also a bustling live music community here, so be sure to stop by some of the bars or outdoor stages to take in a show while the sun goes down.
Only 35km from the capital city of San Salvador, El Sunzal is an easy taxi ride away – or, grab a shuttle bus to bring you from the airport. Public transportation is also available, and is a cheaper option for travelers on a budget.
Written by local enthusiast for El Sunzal hostelsJakob Lombardi