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El Salvador

Hike up rugged volcanoes, explore picturesque country villages and haggle at bustling markets in this tiny and often overlooked Central American country.

El Salvador is a small country nestled between Guatemala, Honduras and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’ve come to relax with a book on the beach, explore nature routes past rainforests and waterfalls or visit the fascinating museums of the capital city, your time in El Salvador is sure to be memorable.

The capital of the country, San Salvador, has trendy nightspots and shopping markets where tourists will feel safe and welcome. During the day, visit Colonia Escalon for its variety of relaxing cafés. In the evening, head to Zona Rosa for vibrant nightlife and local restaurants. San Salvador also offers easy access to the beach where you can watch daring surfers riding the waves.

Delight in El Salvador’s incredible natural scenery at the Parque Nacional Los Volcanoes, a national park with three volcanoes and plenty of dense rainforests. Listen to the sounds of the woodpeckers, look for the dainty hummingbirds and tackle the hike up to the peaks of Izalco or Ilamatepec.

In western El Salvador, find the Ruta de las Flores, a beautiful route named for the wildflowers that bloom next to it. Follow the road through a series of picturesque villages and farms. Stop at Juayua for its popular food fair and to hear live music on its plaza. Ataco, a quiet village with cobblestone streets and brightly colored buildings, has a scenic lookout point with stunning views across the region.

Fly into San Salvador’s Aeropuerto Internacional Comalapa. Taxis are plentiful and one of the best options to ensure you get directly to your destination. Alternately, head to the Tica Bus Terminal to hop on a long-distance bus into town. While it is possible to rent a car, check ahead of time to ensure you’re traveling in safe areas and only during the daytime. Visit in December and January when the rainy season has ended and the landscape is a brilliant shade of green. 

From gorgeous landscapes to thumping nightclubs to dreamy beaches, El Salvador is an incredible vacation waiting to happen.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in El Salvador?

A: Why waste time waiting on trains or buses when you could be behind the wheel of your very own rental car? Whether you're going to San Salvador, Santa Ana or another major city, a car is the best way to soak up the sights. If you plan to head out into the region of San Salvador or someplace else for a long road trip, a rental makes even more sense. For Cheap Car Hire in El Salvador, we've got you covered.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to El Salvador?

A: San Salvador (SAL-El Salvador Intl.) is your best bet if you're flying to El Salvador. This major airport terminal services 1,821 international flights every month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to El Salvador?

A: The most popular accommodations in El Salvador are hotels. Also highly sought-after are budget hotels, bed & breakfasts and guest houses.

Q: What does an El Salvador vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: It's totally up to you. Combine cars, flights and hotels, or simply pick one option. You can also add some top activities and attractions to your travel program. Whatever you're looking for, Expedia can help you design a vacation in El Salvador that's perfect for you.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to El Salvador?

A: Book a package deal with Expedia. It's really that easy. Hotels, Flights, Activities — put together what you need for your getaway and watch your savings add up. It's time to plan your ideal vacation (and save yourself a few bucks at the same time).

Q: What are the best things to do in El Salvador?

A: If San Salvador is on your itinerary, you have tons of options. The most well-liked include Estadio Cuscatlan, National Theater and Monumento al Salvador del Mundo — head to these to appreciate why.

If your trip takes you to Santa Ana instead, Port of Acajutla, Santa Ana City Hall and Metrocentro Santa Ana are all amazing choices.

And if your final stop is in San Miguel, we'd suggest spending time at El Cuco Beach, Metrocentro San Miguel and Las Flores Beach.


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Barceló San Salvador HK$465
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Barceló San Salvador

Barceló San Salvador

Ave Las Magnolias Y Blvd Del Hipodromo, San Salvador, SS
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    The Overall Service and feeling safe was a win for me!

    Hyatt Centric Las Cascadas San Salvador
    Hyatt Centric Las Cascadas San Salvador

    Hyatt Centric Las Cascadas San Salvador

       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Las Cascadas Shopping Mall and La Gran Via Shopping Center. Plaza Merliot and Monumento al Salvador del Mundo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Hotel Los Farallones HK$853
      Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020
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      Hotel Los Farallones

      Hotel Los Farallones

      Km 41.5 Carretera Litoral, La Libertad
         
        3.6 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        We liked everything. Very beautiful place. The view was nice too

        Royal Decameron Salinitas - All Inclusive
        Reviewed on 15 Nov 2019
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        Royal Decameron Salinitas - All Inclusive

        Royal Decameron Salinitas - All Inclusive

        Carretera al Litoral Km.84, Acajutla, SO
           
          3.7 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The all inclusive package is awesome ... dine whenever and whatever you want. This is a sprawling property so be prepared to walk or wait for the tram. Most of the 3 story lodges have no elevator. Persons with limited mobility need to request a ground floor room.

          Holiday Inn San Salvador
          Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020
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          Holiday Inn San Salvador

          Holiday Inn San Salvador

          Urb. Y Blvd Santa Elena, Antiguo Cuscatlan
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            The place is clean . The service excellent. They really know how to take care the customer.

            Hotel Bahia Del Sol HK$931
            Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019
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            Hotel Bahia Del Sol

            Hotel Bahia Del Sol

            Kilometro 78 Ave. Costa Del Sol, La Herradura, PA
               
              3.0 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              I loved the beach, pools, and the area. My room was clean snd big. I hated the bed. It was hard and had a bump in the middle like it was broken.

              Cardedeu Residence HK$1,938
              Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020
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              Cardedeu Residence

              Cardedeu Residence

              Lago de Coatepeque, Santa Ana
                 
                3.5 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                The views are beautiful. The front desk and Fernando from the bar were excellent very attentive. The property needs some touch up the only complain I have was the beds have storage bins above the beds my husband and I bumped are heads on that a few time. There isn't enough storage especially in the ...

                Hotel Las Hojas Resort & Beach Club HK$1,551
                Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020
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                Hotel Las Hojas Resort & Beach Club

                Hotel Las Hojas Resort & Beach Club

                Calle Principal #95, Playa Las Hojas, PA
                   
                  3.1 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I LIKE THE FRIENDLY STAFF AND THE VIEW FRONT TO THE BEACH.