*All prices from June 2016 but fluctuates during high and low seasons.
To get to El Tunco you can arrive by chicken bus. From La Libertad you catch bus 80 for $0.25. From San Salvador you can catch the microbus 102A for $1.50.
Places to stay:
Tunco Lodge has a friendly and social atmosphere including pool, pool table and kitchen with dorms from USD$7.
Layback Hostel USD$7. Very social atmosphere with an ever flowing cool group of people. Chilled, sandy, beachy vibes.
El Salvador’s signature dish is the famous pupusa which is basically dough stuffed with various goodies such as cheese, beans, meats or vegetables which is then grilled. The best one’s (arguably) can be found in Munchies restuarant for USD$1 each. But in other places, you can get the cheese and beans for as little as 3 for USD$1. You can’t go to El Salvador without trying the famous pupusa.
The street food is predominantly pupusas but restaurants aren’t hard to find. An average dinner plate ranges from USD$4-7.
If you’re more interesting in cooking yourself you would be better served going to La Libertad which is cheaper and has a large grocery store and market including a very cheap seafood market right on the pier. The restaurant food there is much cheaper than El Tunco at $2.50 but the restaurants closer to the water can get a bit more pricey.
Surf, surf and more surf. Waves range for all different level surfers. Sunzal is the beginner break, crumbly rights at a point break. There's a looonnng paddle out to the point. Bocana is intermediate to advanced with a sharp right and left hand break, but beware of the rocks. Local respect at Bocana is needed.
Taminique waterfalls. You can cliff jump from different heights into the water. There’s also a natural rock slide. While the hike is a little tiring (especially in the heat) it’s super beautiful. I suggest getting a guide. You’ll be approached by one in Taminique who can show you the way and it’s only a few dollars which provides an income for a kid or family in the local town.
Bars. El Tunco during the week is a sleepy surfer town, but during the weekend people from the city travel an hour to kick up their heels a bit. The bars all play different genres of music. Follow your ears but Tekla is usually a popular Saturday choice.
Volcanos. Volcan Santa Ana is a beautiful hike over deserty dry terrain. You can walk to the top and peer into the volcano which is an opaque turquoise colour. Volcan Izalco is also close by. You can actually do them both in the same day.
Visit the other beaches, Surf trip to places like El Zonte or K59. A little further away (about 3 hours driving) is Punta Mango and Playa El Cuco, they are a lot more quiet with less tourism, great waves and beautiful scenery.
Lago Coatepeque. Very beautiful and tranquil! It’s a volcano crater lake. Great for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, it’s close by to some beautiful volcano hiking.
Visit the Mayan ruins. The most popular are Joya de Cerén, Tazumal and San Andrés. Joya de Cerén was my favourite as you could see the houses of everyday mayan people rather than just large structures.