I only spent a few days here. It is a pretty country, and the people are quite friendly. But, it is not really set up for tourists.
I don't mind roughing it a little, but I still like some creature comforts.
El Zonte was suggested to me for surfing, but I stopped down and saw that the nicest accommodations were basically hostels. Not really my speed.
I went to the historic center of San Salvador, and for the first time on my trip, I skipped it. I did not find anywhere I was comfortable leaving my car while I explored the area. The center of San Salvador is a bit sketchy. But, if I had another day, I would be more than comfortable taking a taxi in, and exploring.
I have never felt worried about my safety in this country, but property crime does concern me. It is always wise to err on the side of caution, I guess.
With that said, there are some great things to do here. I hope, someday, El Salvador will shake its bad reputation, and live up to the beauty of this country, and its people.
Santa Ana Volcano
Hiking up this volcano to the teal lake at the top was the highlight of the time in El Salvador. You can see from the pictures that it is a popular thing to do.
Pretty beach area on the Pacific Coast with tons of surf camps and schools. Let's call this little town "rustic".