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El Sunzal, El Salvador: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in El Sunzal | Expat Exchange
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El Sunzal, El Salvador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in El Sunzal, El Salvador: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to El Sunzal?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to El Sunzal, they said:

"El Sunzal is a popular destination for expats, particularly those who enjoy surfing, as it is known for its world-class waves. Spanish is the official language of El Salvador, so learning some basic phrases or taking a language course would be beneficial. The cost of living in El Sunzal is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. El Salvador uses the US dollar as its official currency, making financial transactions easier for American expats. El Sunzal is located in a tropical climate zone, so it's important to prepare for hot and humid weather, as well as a rainy season that typically runs from May to October. While El Salvador has made strides in improving safety, it's still important to take precautions, such as avoiding certain areas at night and not displaying signs of wealth. Healthcare in El Salvador is not up to the standards of Western countries, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Public transportation in El Salvador is not very reliable or safe, so many expats choose to drive. However, the driving conditions can be challenging due to poor road conditions and different driving habits. El Salvador's cuisine is a mix of indigenous and Spanish influences, with staples including corn, beans, and rice. El Salvador is predominantly Catholic, and religion plays a significant role in the culture and traditions of the country. It's important to respect local customs and traditions, and to try to integrate into the local community as much as possible. El Salvador is in the Central Standard Time zone, and does not observe daylight saving time. The country has a slower pace of life compared to many Western countries, which can be a big adjustment for some expats. El Salvador has a rich history and culture, with many festivals, historical sites, and natural attractions to explore. Finally, it's important to stay informed about the political situation in El Salvador, as it can be volatile," remarked one expat who made the move to El Sunzal.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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