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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

We left the perfection of living lakeside in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, to enjoy a little beach time on the Pacific Coast of El Salvador. Taking public transport all the way down, we made our first stop at Esquintla, Guatemala and arrived the next day.

Tiny El Tunco

Tiny El Tunco

El Tunco is a small beach town with not a lot more going on than the surfing waves on the beach itself, a simple village, and a couple of restaurants, shops and hotels. But the streets are clean and the locals are friendly.

Morning shot of the ocean and beach

Morning shot of the ocean and beach

A favorite among the surfers, this affordable beach town has it's own spell binding beauty.

A palapa topped restaurant

A palapa topped restaurant

Down by the coastline, the street is all sand. One can hang out at the restaurants and have a cup of coffee, a beer or a meal most times of the day and into the night.

 

Hotels and shops line the sand road

Hotels and shops line the sand road

From where we stayed, this sandy road leading to the beach was just a half a kilometer away. Even though prices normally rise when visiting the coast, this town was very affordable. Some tops, tanks and beach cover ups were just $5USD.

A small store across the road from our hotel

A small store across the road from our hotel

 Stores are simple and only sell a few staples. You can get your food and beverages at the restaurants, and things like cold Coca-Cola, drinking water and chips at one of these shops.

The other side of the beach

The other side of the beach

Waves were just kicking up on this side of the beach and morning swimmers were enjoying the perfect temperature of the water. There were some sections of the beach that were rocky - better suited for fisherman and less ppreferred by swimmers and surfers.

Here a fisherman checks his fishing net before going out to fetch fish for his family.

Fisherman in action

Fisherman in action

It's a simple life. Here a fisherman throws his net out into the undulating waters.

A look at the beach from a higher perspective

A look at the beach from a higher perspective

A volcanic pile of rocks which is a feature of El Tunco is a highlight for photos.

A closer look

A closer look

Here's a closer look at the volcanic structure in the ocean. Notice the small rocks on the beach. Either side of the volcanic structure is good for waves, but swimming generally takes place on the far beach which you see here, due to the rocks at surf's edge.

Hotels, restaurants and bars

Hotels, restaurants and bars

Entertaining the tourists is the number one focus in El Tunco. You have your choice of a variety of hotels, restaurants and bars to visit.

Take a Wok

Take a Wok

This was a great little restaurant only opened in the evenings. A patron could build his own meal in a 1-2-3-4 fashion, with your choice of noodles or rice, and an assortment of protein, vegetables, tofu and sauces.

It was amazingly good and cooked right in front of you in giant woks.

The basil lemonade was excellent. Meals were $6-$8USD.

Stuffed lobster

Stuffed lobster

This stuffed lobster meal came with a beer for $15USD. It was so big, we took food home! The restaurant was right on the beach and we watched the sunset during our dinner.

Hotel for the young set

Hotel for the young set

Casa Miramar was rocking at 10 a.m. when I went in to take a look. Micheladas and mixed drinks were being served at the bar, loud music was playing, and the pool was filled with young patrons. They have a spectacular view of the ocean from their perch.

Vaquero Surf Lodge

Vaquero Surf Lodge

All the hotels I visited had their own fresh water pool. Vaquero Surf Lodge gave a discount for month-long stays.

 

Hotel Pupa

Hotel Pupa

We featured Hotel Pupa in a previous story and you can read about it by clicking on the link.

Eco del Mar Hotel

Eco del Mar Hotel

Of the hotels I visited, Eco del Mar had the best rooms including private bathrooms and your own private kitchen. View of the beach is straight ahead.

Sunset at El Tunco

Sunset at El Tunco

 

 

 

 

The beach was active all day and into the night. This is the view from restaurant La Bocana where we had several outstanding seafood dinners, including the stuffed lobsters.

Editor's notes:

Hotel Eco del Mar Hotel

1 night $60USD for 2 person, additional person $10

AC or Fan, LCD TV w/Cable, Wifi

Refrigerator, Small Oven, Private Bathroom

Deck and outdoor sitting area

Special prices for long stay

www.ecosurfelsalvador.com

surfecodelmar@gmail.com

 

Hotel La Bocanita

Tele: 2389. 6283, Cel: 7211. 9519

Email: giovanndh@hotmail.com

Km 42, Tamanique, playa el Tunco

Puerto de la Libertad, La Libertad Direcion

Discount for longer stays

$25 Fan, 2 beds up to $60 AC, bathroom, 4 beds

 

Casa Miramar

Km 42 Carretera Litoral Playa El Tunco, La Libertad, El Salvador

Hotelcasamiramar@gmail.com

Tele: 503. 7726. 9501 or 503. 2389. 6244

Rooms from $30 to $70, Individual cabanas

Vaquero Surf Lodge

Discounts for longer stays, Bathrooms ensuite

$25 AC 1 person, +$15 for 2nd person, AC

$10+ per person Fan

Tele: 503. 7685. 4600

Vaquero_360@hotmail.com

 

Restaurants

La Bocana � best seafood - Stuffed lobster w/ beer $15 pp, Grilled lobster w/ beer $13

Seafood pasta $10

 Right next door High Tide - seafood salads for $5, frozen drinks, pastas for $5 

 Esquina de Commadre - Fish burritos at - $4.25 excellent

Roca Sunzal Surf Resort - Hotel and Restaurant

Tele: 503. 2389. 6126, Tele: 503. 7877. 4639, Fax: 503. 2389. 6190

Calle Litoral km 42, Playa El Tunco, Puerto La Libertad E.S.

www.rocasunzal.com, email: rocasunzal@hotmail.com

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