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El Cuco, El Salvador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in El Cuco, 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 Cuco?

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

"El Cuco is a small beach town in El Salvador, known for its black sand beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Before moving there, expats should be aware that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so learning the language or having a basic understanding would be beneficial. The cost of living in El Cuco is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Healthcare facilities may not be as advanced or readily available as in larger cities, so it's crucial to have a good health insurance plan. Safety can be a concern in El Salvador, so expats should take precautions such as avoiding certain areas at night, not displaying wealth, and being aware of their surroundings. However, El Cuco is generally considered safer than some other parts of the country. The climate in El Cuco is tropical, with hot and humid conditions year-round. Expats should be prepared for this, and might want to consider a home with air conditioning. Public transportation in El Cuco is limited, so having a personal vehicle can be beneficial. However, driving in El Salvador can be challenging due to road conditions and traffic rules. El Salvador's cuisine is a mix of indigenous and Spanish influences, with staples like corn, beans, and rice. Seafood is also popular in coastal areas like El Cuco. El Salvador uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency, which can make financial transitions easier for American expats. Finally, it's important to understand and respect the local culture and customs. Salvadorans are generally warm and friendly, but it's always a good idea to learn about local etiquette and traditions," said one expat who made the move to El Cuco.

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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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