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7 Tips for Living in El Tunco

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to El Tunco or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to El Tunco or thinking about moving there.

El Tunco, is a hidden gem for expats and digital nomads. This small beach town offers a unique blend of surf culture, vibrant nightlife, and a laid-back lifestyle. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in El Tunco.

1. Embrace the Surf Culture

El Tunco is renowned for its world-class surf breaks. Whether you're a seasoned surfer or a complete beginner, embracing the surf culture is a must. There are numerous surf schools offering lessons for all levels. Even if you're not into surfing, watching the surfers ride the waves at sunset is a sight to behold.

2. Explore the Local Cuisine

El Salvador is known for its delicious cuisine, and El Tunco is no exception. Be sure to try the national dish, pupusas, which are thick corn tortillas stuffed with a variety of fillings. For a taste of the sea, head to La Bocana, a local restaurant known for its fresh seafood. Another popular spot is El Tunco Veloz, which serves up tasty pizzas and has a great selection of craft beers.

3. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

El Tunco may be small, but it has a few distinct neighborhoods worth exploring. The beachfront area is where you'll find most of the action, with a variety of bars, restaurants, and surf shops. The residential area, on the other hand, offers a quieter atmosphere and is a great place to experience local life. Lastly, the hills surrounding El Tunco offer stunning views of the ocean and are home to a number of luxury villas and boutique hotels.

4. Learn Some Spanish

While you can get by with English in El Tunco, learning some Spanish will greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make everyday tasks easier, but it will also allow you to connect with the locals on a deeper level. There are several language schools in the area where you can take classes.

5. Stay Safe

El Salvador has a reputation for being dangerous, but El Tunco is generally safe for tourists. However, like anywhere else in the world, it's important to take precautions. Avoid walking alone at night, especially in isolated areas, and keep your belongings secure at all times. It's also a good idea to register with your embassy upon arrival.

6. Respect the Environment

El Tunco is a beautiful place, and it's important to keep it that way. Be mindful of your impact on the environment. Avoid using single-use plastics, recycle whenever possible, and don't leave trash on the beach. Also, remember to respect the ocean and the local wildlife.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to truly experience El Tunco is to get involved in the community. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer, whether it's helping to clean up the beach, teaching English, or assisting with local events. Do some research to find a cause that aligns with your interests and get involved. Not only will it enrich your experience, but it will also make a positive impact on the community.

Living in El Tunco, El Salvador, as an expat or digital nomad is a unique experience. By embracing the surf culture, exploring the local cuisine, getting to know the neighborhoods, learning some Spanish, staying safe, respecting the environment, and getting involved in the community, you'll be sure to make the most of your time in this charming beach town.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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