El Salvador Travel Info
Getting to El Salvador - No visa required for most nationalities. Comalapa International Airport (not far from La Libertad) is serviced by major carriers. Despite its small size, El Salvador has flights to many US cities. A US$32 departure tax must be paid.
Getting Around El Salvador - Renting a car is expensive. Main highways are modern and fast - small roads are potholed and washed out in the wet season.
Lodging and Food - Despite the war being over there are still security concerns so surf camps and guided tours will be safer than independent travel. A meal will cost $6-10. Try corn and rice flour pupusas, as well as the local Pilsner beer.
Weather - Oriente Salvaje has a tropical climate with warm to hot daytime temperatures and warm nights. The rainy season, known locally as invierno, or winter, extends from May to October; almost all the annual rainfall occurs during this time and usually falls in heavy afternoon thunderstorms. Verano is the summer dry season, running from November to April with light rainfall, NE trade winds and dry, hot, hazy air. Despite the heat, this is considered the best time to travel. Temps vary little between seasons and are most affected by altitude. Annual average rainfall is 1700mm (68in). Water temps vary between 26-28
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