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El Salvador is a tiny Central American nation known for its Pacific Ocean beaches, surfing and mountainous landscape. Its Ruta de Las Flores is a winding journey past flowering coffee farms, rainforest zip-line sites and towns like Juayúa, with its weekend food festival, and Ataco, home to vivid murals. The capital, San Salvador, with a dramatic backdrop of volcanoes, has vibrant nightlife and arts scenes.

6.4 million 

Dec & Jan End of the rain, bright green landscapes, perfect weather. Friendly, relaxed scene.

May–Aug Surf is up (so high you need to know what you're doing).

Jul–Nov Turtle nesting season! Chaperone baby sea turtles to their new homes among the waves.

Early Aug Week-long Festival of El Salvador's patron saint.


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There are no restrictions on foreigners buying property in urban areas but rural purchases are available only for those international investors with industrial plans. No person, regardless of citizenship, is allowed to own more than 600 acres of land.

The buying process can make those who don’t speak Spanish nervous. For big purchases such as real estate and cars, a tax card known as NIT is needed. 

After obtaining the card, hire a English speaking lawyer to research the title and change the registration. A lawyer only charges $1,200 services. 

Buyers can expect to pay up to 4% and Sellers up to 6%.


Renting a home isn't as difficult as you might think, even if you're short on funds, but the process will go a lot smoother if you get familiar with your real estate market and narrow down your wants and needs before you start looking at properties.

Fees are usually paid by the Landlord