El Salvador


What little people have heard about El Salvador is usually that of a country plagued by civil war and crime. Ironically El Salvador has a lower crime rate than developed Costa Rica. The people are proud, friendly, and will always help you get where you want to go.

El Salvador is also one of the cheapest countries in Central America. Busses around the country generally won’t cost more than a few quarters. Delicious street food such as Papusas and sandwiches can be bought for around 1$. And, since they use the US dollar, it’s easy to calculate the exchange or keep track of your budget.


We recommend settling in and around the capital, specifically to either the Colonia San Benito or the Colonia Escalon. These are safe, cosmopolitan, and relatively quiet neighborhoods. The rents and prices are urban (figure US$500 to US$800 per month furnished), but the outer portions of the city, while cheaper, are grittier.

My Initial Thoughts…

El Salvador MapMy tourism and retirement targets are:

  • Anywhere on the Pacific Coast

The internet has much less to say about El Salvador than it does all of the other Central American countries.

My plan is simply to use El Salvador as a “filler” between Honduras and Nicaragua.

I will follow the coastline north to south before I cross a small piece of Honduras on my way to Nicaragua.








The next stop in my journey will be Nicaragua.