I really enjoyed my time in the Ruta de las Flores area of El Salvador. Juayua was the perfect base to explore this diverse region of small towns, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, festivals and very friendly Salvadoreans.
Now, after seven weeks in Central America without one look at the Pacific (since leaving Northern California) I was ready for the beach! I decided to go to El Zonte, a quiet surf beach as opposed to one of the more touristy surf spots. A high recommendation of the Ecencia Nativa Hostel there from my friends at Hostel Anahuac sealed the plan and off on the bus I went!
I was thinking a would probably spend a couple days at the beach and then head south to Nicaragua. Well, it was so gorgeous, the water around 85 degrees, some serious waves, nights dancing on the beach and so totally chill that I ended up spending a week there!
What was missing? Internet, fancy hotels, overpriced restaurants, ATMs (bring cash) condos, in essence over development. What was there? Surfers local and imported, as well as two very nice hostels with pools, good inexpensive food and beautiful gardens. There were also, some shacks and rooms to rent.
I did one day trip to nearby Playa El Tunco, another nice surf beach with more surfers, businesses, restaurants and hotels. It was fun, but I was glad I decided to stay in El Zonte. I found the chill vibe personally suitable. On the way back, I stopped briefly at Playa El Sunzal. There were only some open-sided shacks with locals picnicking there. I played with the local kids charging into the surf together on the count of three. After about six times of this we were laughing so hard, I could hardly breath!
I tried some cashew fruit. They are supposed to be sweet but these were not so much. The cashew grows on top.
Is it the perfect beach? You will have to judge that for yourself. I have been to a lot of beaches, tropical and otherwise, and could definitely hang here!