El Salvador is definitely a tropical beach getaway worth visiting. Located in Central America with a population of almost 6 million people, El Salvador is not only the smallest of country making up Central America but also the most densely populated. With over 500 bird, 1000 butterfly, 800 tree, 800 marine fish and 400 orchid species, El Salvador is a paradise for nature lovers. El Salvador shares borders with Guatemala to its north and Honduras towards the east. It also happens to be the only Central American country with no Caribbean coastline. It only has a 307 km coastline on the Pacific Ocean.
Things to do in El Salvador
Due to its small size, El Salvador has little to offer in terms of ecotourism. It however continues to attract thousands of tourists who visit to sample the countries wonderful tropical beaches that line up its Pacific coastline. Apart from Belize and Costa Rica, El Salvador is one of the main tropical beach gateways of Central America. Surfing, swimming and fishing are popular activities on El Salvador’s tropical beaches. In an effort to promote the country’s tourism sector, the government in the past years embarked on elaborate measures aimed at diversifying tourist attractions, measures that are indeed bearing fruit. New attractions include the country’s volcanic craters that are simply stunning. Battle photographs from the country’s chaotic past are now major tourist attractions.
How to get to El Salvador
You can get to El Salvador through several ways. You can travel to the country by sea if you happen to be in either Honduras or Nicaragua. Boats for hire are available in the two countries, plying between Honduras (Covolito, San Lorenzo and Amapala) or Potosi in Nicaragua and La Union in El Salvador. You can also travel to the country by road using a bus or car. The county is well connected to other neighboring countries through several roads. Flying into the country means that you will land at Aeropuerto Internacional Comalapa, the country’s only international airport located some 50 km southeast of the capital city San Salvador. El Salvador receives flights from San Fransisco, New York and Los Angeles.
Although the country’s tourism sector is still young, various accommodation facilities are already in place. While standard of service may not be what you would be used to in other more tourist developed countries, the manner in which the locals treat their guests will far out weigh and compensate for the lower high end tourist amenities.
Moving around El Salvador
There are various modes of transport you can use once you are in El Salvador. Boat and ferry services are mainly on the eastern side of the country on the Pacific Ocean. These will take you to different tropical beaches and other areas of interest. You may opt to use the intercity bus service to travel from one city to another. You may also consider renting a car to escape chaos and noise in public buses. Alternatively, you may opt to make use of the many taxis available in almost all cities and towns to move around.
When to go to El Salvador
The perfect time to travel to El Salvador on holiday is during the summer season between October and April, however, the fact that this period is generally dry does not mean that there is no rainfall at all, with the usual light tropical showers falling in the evenings. The region towards the northeast of the country however experiences quite a different kind of climate compared to the rest of El Salvador. This region, being mountainous is much cooler and at times can experience snow falls.
Climate of El Salvador
El Salvador generally experiences tropical type of climate characterized by both dry and wet seasons. Temperatures however vary, depending on elevation. While the lowlands towards the Pacific are usually hot, mountainous areas are generally cool. The country’s winter season starts from May and extends to October. The period between October and April is generally dry, the summer season. The country has hundreds of rivers with the notable one being Rio Lempa that originates in Guatemala cutting across the country’s northern mountain ranges down to the central plateau before emptying its waters in the Pacific Ocean. Apart from rivers, El Salvador also has several lakes that are otherwise enclosed by volcanic craters. A great feature of El Salvador is the two mountain ranges that run parallel across the country towards the west, leaving a plateau between them. The parallel ranges literally divide the country into two different regions.