At Journey Latin America we use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website.
Find out more

Pacific Coast: Fact file

When to go

The Pacific coast has a tropical climate all year round with temperatures hovering around 30°C. The dry season is Nov-Apr. The rainy season, May-Oct, is characterised by mostly evening and nocturnal showers.  El Salvador is an important area for the the endangered Eastern Pacific hawksbill.  Nesting months are May and October. Leatherback turtles can also be seen between October and January.



Getting local currency

El Salvador uses the US dollar. The former local currency (colon) was phased out in 2003. You can obtain US dollar cash locally in banks and exchange houses and may be able to obtain cash advances from a couple of ATMs in Suchitoto among other large towns and cities. You should authorise your bank first, and withdrawals may be limited.

Time difference

GMT -6 hrs.  

Getting there

The area of Costa del Sol is only a 1.5hr drive from San Salvador

Combines with

A visit to the lovely colonial town of Suchitoto, or Antigua in Guatemala; similarly a centre for the arts (6-7hrs by road crossing the land border at La Hechadura); the Ruta del las Flores (112km by road to Juayúa, 1hr 45mins). 

Key events

Gastronomic festival of seafood in La Libertad in May.

Journey with the UK's NO1 specialist in travel to latin america


  • The pioneers in travel to Latin America since 1980
  • The UK's no.1 specialist – nobody knows it better


  • All our staff are in-depth Latin America specialists
  • Get the inside track with expert advice based on first-hand experience


  • Our love of Latin America runs through all we do
  • We take pride in providing a genuinely personal service


  • Unbeatable and secure financial protection
  • Book with confidence, knowing every penny is secure


  • The widest range of travel options to Central and South America
  • The journey you'll love, in a style to suit you


  • Award-winning holidays, endorsed by our clients and the press
  • Exclusively dedicated to 
    Latin America – it's all we do


Wanderlust Reader's Travel Awards - Top Ten Tour Operator 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

Latin American Travel Association – Award for Customer Service 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Specialist Tour Operator 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Best Value Tour Operator 2011

Sunday Times Travel Magazine - Editor's Award2013

British Travel Awards – Best Small Tour Operator Central & South America 2011, 2012

Condé Nast Traveller – Top Ten Specialist Tour Operator: 2010, 2011, 2012

Guardian and Observer Travel Awards– Top Ten Small Tour Operator: 2009, 2010, 2012

Page Full Path: /sitecore/content/JLA/Home/destinations/el-salvador/places-to-visit/pacific-coast/fact-file

Page ID: {F968B150-5176-4222-8DEE-4330929C9D82}

Page Name: fact-file

Page Display Name: Fact file

Page Template Name: T018-EssentialInformation-Place

Page Template ID: {1FDF3193-254F-41B6-83C5-53E300B5B2F8}

Parent ID: {C6CDD211-8E02-462A-8D34-2DED7F96EE93}

Parent Name: pacific-coast

Parent Display Name: Pacific Coast

Parent Template Name: T003-Destination-Place

Parent Template ID: {8C284EC8-C1AD-40A3-AAE2-4B0E542D5D05}