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busman7 replied to the thread selling a US plated car in Salvador/Guatamela on the El Salvador forum:
manuthan initially posted:
Hello There, I am about to drive down from Cali to El salvador with a old 4 runner (1990).. Id like to sell it in Guatalema or el Salvador.. Is it a lot of hassle? I heard your passport gets flagged in Mexico if you do that. What about El salvador or Guatalema? Thank you!!
busman7 replied on April 07, 2014 with:
El Salvador only allows the car in the country for 60 days then you have to take it out or pay a daily fine when you get caught. Been there, done that but I ha a bus I was able to sell to a church.
TravelDawg replied on April 05, 2014 with:
I drove down to El Sal a few years back and found it's a huge hassle to sell my car. To sell it legally, you have to import it. And the car you mentioned is too old to import into either ES or Guate. Your only option is to sell it to a foreigner who will only use it for the time that it has current registration in the US and will return to the US to reregister it. I don't know about Mexico. That being said, there is always someone who will buy a car illegally, but then the price goes down to something ridiculous (I imagine someone would take it off your hands for well under $1000). But then at that point, it might be better to just drive it home? Depend on your priorities, I guess...
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busman7 replied to the thread Very unimpressed with El Salvador on the El Salvador forum:
Fwaddy initially posted:
Staff for every establishment are ridicuously unhelpful. Lazy .. too busy texting their lovers and friends than to actually do what theyre being paid to do. I was asked to put a good word in for El Salvador to promote tourism. I will in no way, shape or form put in a good Word for El Salvador. Even my husband hates being in this country. I am appalled at how things work here. You can train monkey to do a better job. The only reason im here is to strengthen the status of my marriage so that i can bring him back overseas to live with me. i have only 2 words for El Salvador. Downward Spiral.
busman7 replied most recently with:
The only ignorant I see in SV are the idiots like Roxana62 who visit. Actually I am an expat who provides employment to Salvadoraño so they can feed, dress and educate their kids.
Roxana62 replied most recently with:
Let's see for what angle you want to see: Would you do dishes for a whole restaurant for 10 hours a days? 6 days of the week? Benefits? what about if a dish gets broken? It will be discounted from the person misser salary. Talking on the phone, cell use...no problem, as for investment, it is a good investment. The European Jet set, keep the way of living at expense of Stupidos, but the same everywhere. exploited? El Salvador is a woderful country, mucho cheap labor, and mucho. Are you an expatriado that know have to take advantega of the poor ignorant?
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adminee posted Tsunami Watch on the El Salvador forum:
FROM NOAA: TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 004 PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 0131Z 02 APR 2014 THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA... WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA. ... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ... A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR CHILE / PERU / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA / PANAMA A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / EL SALVADOR / GUATEMALA / MEXICO / HONDURAS FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME. THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 2347Z 01 APR 2014 COORDINATES - 19.8 SOUTH 70.8 WEST DEPTH - 10 KM LOCATION - NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE MAGNITUDE - 8.2
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TravelDawg replied to the thread Need Help Selling House on the El Salvador forum:
Richardt initially posted:
I am an American who married in El Salvador in 1979, just before the civil war. As I grew up in Rhode Island, my wife and I have been living here and visiting El Salvador from time-to-time ever since. In the past five years, both of my wife’s parents passed away leaving her a house in La Montana (an upscale gated community), about 15 minutes from the U.S. Embassy. The house is really a must see show piece that in the U.S. would go for around $1M, but we are selling it in the $500K range. I am hoping that Expats who have lived in El Salvador for some time now may have some good ideas on how to effectively reach the middle-to-upper class market of Salvadorans and Expats from the U.S., France, China and Germany, for example. We have just begun to advertise in both major newspapers and have a couple of competent realtors, though a couple more names wouldn’t hurt as well. Also, folks might know of a highly visible website for those who might be looking (relocating, retiring, etc.) for a quality home in El Salvador. Many thanks! My E-mail address is: richardt.enander@gmail.com
TravelDawg replied most recently with:
Claudia L. Mayorga-Del Cid has a lot of connections with the expat community and upper-class Salvadorans in San Salvador and has been working in real estate for years. I don't have contact info for her but you can find her on facebook and contact her there.
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Dlmon posted Beachfront Property on the El Salvador forum:
I'm curious if anyone has experience with or knowledge about beachfront properties in El Salvador. i.e. rental demand, tourist trends, best location, etc. I'm interested in purchasing property for my own use and as vacation rental. I've been looking in the Playa San Diego area and the beaches east of there. I like this area because of the solitude and proximity to both the airport and San Salvador/La Libertad. I don't necessarily want to be at the busier surfer beaches west of there. I visited this area and met some expats(Diane: Rancho Cajun and others). Any ideas?
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Roxana62 replied to the thread i need a travel agency on the El Salvador forum:
Fwaddy initially posted:
Can someone refer me to a relaible Travel Agency in San Salvador. Is there one in Galerias or Metro Centro?
Roxana62 replied most recently with:
The only I remeber is in Galerias; yes, I don't remenber nothing in Metrocentro. My e-mail is RoxanaRPais@gmail.com Are you ready to leave El Salvador? I am home base travel agent, but in Memphis, TN
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TravelDawg replied to the thread I have a lot of Tattoos on the El Salvador forum:
PapaPoopy initially posted:
I want to visit my family in El Salvador but I have a lot of Tattoos. I've been confronted in Guatemala by gang members but I hear Salvador is worse and I just want to be safe. I have a full sleeve on my right are (Mayan design and a quetzal) and Pink floyd on my left arm (Half sleevs) Will this be a problem?
TravelDawg replied most recently with:
Depends on where you'll be hanging out...I wouldn't go wandering around Soyopango, Mejicanos or Apopa with those, but if you're staying in the "fancy" parts of San Sal or the touristy beaches (Tunco, Zonte) you'll be fine...Your family should have a really good idea as to how safe their area is or isn't...
TravelDawg replied most recently with:
Depends on where you'll be hanging out...I wouldn't go wandering around Soyopango, Mejicanos or Apopa with those, but if you're staying in the "fancy" parts of San Sal or the touristy beaches (Tunco, Zonte) you'll be fine...Your family should have a really good idea as to how safe their area is or isn't...
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rpbroz replied to the thread First Holiday Visit to El Salvador on the El Salvador forum:
wafa initially posted:
The husband and I are retired and will be making our first trip to El Salvador first half of November this year. We're going to be staying at a hotel on the Pacific Ocean side - Decameron Salinitas. Any suggestions as to day trips? And any suggestions as to reliable honest locals who do day tours? ANY info would be appreciated as this will be our first trip to this area.
rpbroz replied most recently with:
Hi the decameron resort offers the easy tours at a decent price. If interested in more personalized service look for me at gringo tours, Francisco Tobar who can be found online as the Extreme Tour or my friend Benjamin Rivera. If Birders Benjamin and I would be your best option. Be open to spending a night or two away from the resort and that opens up options like Suchitoto where I have been living for the past 10 plus years, the impossible park on an overnight is also an option and for civil war history if interested Perquin, all difficult to do on day outings. For personalized full day outings(10/14 hours) expect to pay from $150-$250 for groups of up to 3. Enjoy El Salvador and if you need any further information feel free to send a pm to rpbroz@gmail.com
hught replied most recently with:
My name is Hugh Talley, my wife Elizabeth is from El Salvador, we are retired and live here. I see that you already have some response to your request. If you find you need further assistance please feel free to contact us at hugh.talley@aol.com also please check out our blog site to see some of the places we have visited - "lifeofagringoexpatinelsalvador" we would be very happy to work with you on places you might like to visit and I think you will find our prices very reasonable. We do hope that you have a nice visit and enjoy this wonderful country. Please contact us if you have any questions are need any information at all, we will be glad to help you.
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hught replied to the thread Residency Requirements on the El Salvador forum:
Ixa initially posted:
I am moving back to El Salvador in 5 or 6 months. I am married to a Salvadoran and we want to apply for me to get residency in El Salvador. (I am a US citizen). We married in the US 3 years ago. The ES embassy website has a residency application online, but when I called the embassy closest to me, the lady told me I have to live in El Salvador 4 to 5 years before I can apply - even though my spouse is Salvadoran. Does that sound right? Should I consult an attorney in El Salvador? Your thoughts? Thanks! Ixa
hught replied most recently with:
I am sorry I put the old address for the Salvadoran Immigration office, it should be: Colonia Escalon, Olimpica #3571. The phone # should be2526-3421, 2213-7815, or 2213-7800.
hught replied most recently with:
Temporary residency takes about 6 months if you meet the requirements, permanent residency takes 1-2 year, you can become a citizen after 5 years of residency. Becoming A Resident of El Salvador When moving to El Salvador I found out very early on that I would need to apply to become a resident of the country in order to use the banks and for most other business transactions. I have listed here the process that I went through to apply for my resident status in El Salvador. I would recommend you hire a lawyer here in El Salvador, the whole process will cost about $1500.00 but I think it is well worth it. You can go to the U.S. Embassy El Salvador web site and see a list of lawyers. The information provided here is intended to explain the general requirements for an American Citizen to become a legal resident in El Salvador, these requirements are for an American Citizen married to a Salvadoran spouse, for other cases you should contact Salvadoran Immigration. You may contact the Salvadoran Immigration at: Dirección General de Migración (DGME) - Centro de Gobierno 9ª Calle Poniente / 15 Avenida Norte (Alameda Juan Pablo II) Edificio de Migración San Salvador Tel: 2213-7700, Fax: 2271-1850 1. Application filled out by the interested party. 2. Apostille birth certificate (translated into Spanish, following Salvadoran regulations). 3. Apostille police records (translated into Spanish, following Salvadoran regulations). 4. The records should reflect residence of the applicant for the past two years in the country where he/she lived. 5. Sworn statement from the Salvadoran spouse stating that he/she has the means to assist his/her spouse economically or applicant’s evidence of income (pension, etc.). 6. Medical report from a Salvadoran physician stating that the applicant does not suffer from a contagious disease. 7. Two copies of the applicant’s passport or evidence of the applicant’s citizenship. 8. Fee, which will depend on the type of residence the applicant, is approved for. American citizens should be aware that any documents (i.e.: birth certificate, marriage certificates, divorced decrees, police record checks, etc) presented to the Salvadoran government (GOES) must be “Apostille” from the country of origin, also all types of documents must be issued within the last sixty (60) days otherwise they are consider invalid. I started my resident application in November of 2011, I received my temporary resident card in December 2011. I was issued another temporary card in January of 2013 and was issued my permanent card which is good for 4 years last week. After being a resident for 5 years you can apply for Salvadoran Citizenship if you wish or you can renew your resident status. I hope this information is interesting and/or helpful to my followers. Please leave your comments, questions or suggestions and I will be sure to get back to you. “lifeofagringoexpatinelsalvador.com” hugh.talley@aol.com
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opulentinspirations replied to the thread real cost of living in El Salvador?? on the El Salvador forum:
kirk911 initially posted:
Hi! Can anybody give me an idea of the real costs of living outside of San Salvador. Assume a single person renting an appartment in areas such as San Miguel or Santa Ana. No children and no significant other. Not ruoughing it with rice and beans everyday, but not over indulging either; traveling around the country a bit. No residency issues as I am salvadorean born (but left a long time ago) If you can break some of the costs into rental, utilities, food, transportation (both public and maybe renting a used car/jeep from somebody for say 6 months at a time (might be a bit expensive I know, but want to know anyways) I'm looking into going to spend winters in El Salvador (Nov to March) every year, so I would not be interested in buying any real estate at all. Thanks a bunch for any info. :)
opulentinspirations replied most recently with:
Hi Kirk! We are Canadians as well. Some costs that we had: $300.00 per month for a bachelor pad in Escalon - this is the priciest area of San Salvador - where ex-pats live. $4,000. 00 purchased a nice Mitsubishi used in great condition. $3-5.00 per meal at the Comedors. We found it was the best food - full meals cooked on the side of the road or in little restaurants. The prices of food at Malls and grocery stores and the chains (Quiznos, McDonalds, etc are the same as Canadian prices. As the previous post says - everyone has a cell phone - very very cheap to buy down there. I would highly recommend the area around Metro Centro Mall. We learned a little too late how cheap it was and safe. We walked at night around there all the time and you are a skip and a hop from the Mall and strip of restaurants. You can rent a whole house there for about $350.00 - perhaps share it with someone? We stayed at Ximenas Guest house - just in front of Metro Centro - super cheap - we paid $20.00 a night for a nice big room and breakfast every morning. There is also plenty of work at Call Centres if you are looking for something and they are a skip and a jump from that mall. You can stay at the beach for cheap as well. El Tunco is a great surf village to visit. The most expensive hotel right on the beach charged us $70.00 per night but you can also find dirt cheap places to stay ($10.00 communal). Hope you enjoy yourself!
TravelDawg replied most recently with:
From what you're describing, you'll be at around $1000-1500 a month I imagine... I live at the beach, a bit different from city lifestyle and I rarely drive because gas is so expensive (and I have an SUV). If I travel I take the bus or my motorcycle with costs no more than $5 a trip (either/or). The only area outside of San Salvador with little gang influence that I can think of (and some will even disagree with me here) would be Santa Tecla. Let's be honest, there is no place in El Salvador that isn't permeated with gang or pandilla activity. All of the other stuff you're asking for is highly subjective. Are you eating out 1-2 meals a day of typical food or the delicious fare available in the city? Most foreigners quickly tire of fried food and beans and rice...so you could be from $3 a day to $35 - a big difference to your budget, so I'm having a bit of a hard time with your request! Cell (depending on how much you talk) can be from $15 on up a month - incoming calls are free. I've had cell bills as high as $100/month High speed internet and cable TV I'm not sure about - I've never paid for it myself. Utiilities depend on where you live, where the water is coming from and electrical rates are also different depending on where you live.
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