Central America is packed with things that everyone in the family will enjoy seeing and experiencing. Join us as we explore the top ten attractions in El Salvador, featuring water sports, volcanic expeditions, turtle viewing, and the famous “Ruta de las Flores.”
Costa del Sol
One of the most popular beaches in all of Central America, Costa del Sol is a sought after destination for those seeking an array of activities to enjoy. The beach and nearby bay provide the perfect backdrop for fishing, horseback riding, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and boating through mangroves. Costa del Sol is easily accessible from city centers and filled with a variety of dining and lodging options.
Occupying the middle of an extinct volcano, Lake Ilopango is a popular tourist resort conveniently located just 30 minutes from the capital. Lake Ilopango is known for Las Tres Virgenes, a 60 foot cliff that you can dive from both day and night. If you’re seeking a thrill, Lake Ilopango is a fantastic option.
Parque Nacional Los Volcanes
Parque Nacional Los Volcanes, also known as Cerro Verde National Park, is comprised of three inactive volcanoes and is a highlight for many who journey to El Salvador. Nowhere else in the country offers such magnificent hiking trails and vistas overlooking beautiful El Salvador landscapes.
Ruta de las Flores
Ruta de las Flores is a twenty-mile long road that spans charming colonial towns and features beautiful flowers along the way. This popular route is a great road trip for those seeking to get a feel of village life in El Salvador. Along the route you can explore coffee plantations, colonial architecture, hiking paths, and stunning waterfalls.
Suchitoto is the cultural capital of El Salvador, filled with cobblestone streets and colonial vestiges for you to wander. Vibrant colonial-era buildings line the streets in this city known for its laid-back citizens who happily greet tourists passing through. For a place that combines rich history, unique architecture, and a flourishing arts scene, Suchitoto is a can’t miss destination on your trip.
San Salvador’s most impressive building, the National Palace offers visitors an inside look at the political and military history that has shaped El Salvador. Although no longer utilized by the government, visitors can walk through some of the over one hundred rooms that are decorated with intricate woodwork and tilework.
La Libertad is one of the most popular spots for water sports, and it’s quickly emerging as one of the top surfing destinations in the world. If you are a surfing beginner, there are plenty of guided surf tours for you to learn the basics and enjoy the waves. La Libertad has a laid-back vibe and is filled with open-air restaurants and bars for you to explore.
Cathedral of Santa Ana
An architectural gem, this neo-Gothic cathedral in the middle of Santa Ana is a highlight for many who visit El Salvador. The cathedral is inspired by those in Europe and is considered one of the finest in all of Central America. It is worth a tour to see its intricate statues, lamps, and woodwork.
The ruins of Cihuatán are situated just outside San Salvador, and for those interested in a fascinating historical excursion, it is a must see. A pre-Columbian settlement, you can walk among the ruins and explore how the earliest inhabitants of El Salvador lived.
Playa El Tunco
If you’re looking for a beach that has a variety of activities to take advantage of, Playa El Tunco is a great option. You can go sea caving, rock climbing, and cliff jumping off of El Tunco’s waterfalls, and all activities are located close to each other. At night, travelers come to El Tunco to enjoy the array of dining and entertainment options located right next to the beach. And at the western end, Barrio de Santiago, you can see sea turtles hatching along the beach.
Whether you are looking for a laid-back vacation or a thrill-seeking adventure, the journey begins at Boston Logan International Airport and ends in El Salvador. Visit this beautiful country to see why so many tourists have fallen in love.