Resilient, real and sometimes raw, El Salvador is strong coffee for the senses. As a result of the country’s recent hardships, most travellers have given the country a wide birth. But for those wanting to dismount from the region’s beaten path, nowhere else is better suited than here. Allowing visitors to sample a slice of Central America in all its grittiness, gaudiness and often just plain gorgeousness.

With the country’s hidden gems, such as Joya de Cerén archaeological site, the impressive Santa Ana Volcano, the stunning El Imposible National Park, and the beautiful Lake Coatepeque offering a unique mix of natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical landmarks.

Finally, don’t miss out on the chance to experience the vibrant and lively culture of El Salvador through its colourful festivals, traditional music, and dance performances. It’s certainly a destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression on any traveller.

Top Recommendations

  • Conquer the longest break in Central America at surfing mecca Punta Roca
  • Hike up to the volcanic crater lake at Volcan Santa Ana
  • Relax on dreamy white sandy beaches around La Libertad
  • Wander the streets of San Ignacio, which lies in the shadow of the nation’s highest peak
  • Rugged ridges and mountain grandeur in Parque Nacional El Imposible
  • Hot springs, highland coffee farms and artists’ workshops on the Ruta de las Flores

When to Visit

Temperatures in the country remain fairly consistent year-round, so it is the rain that you need to be most concerned with. The dry season runs from November through till April. While the rains fall from May to October. However, in keeping with the rest of the region, these tropical rains rarely last long. Unleashing a downpour before clearing away.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for San Salvador.