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El Zonte, El Salvador

El Zonte, 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 Zonte, 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 Zonte?

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

"El Zonte is a small coastal town known for its surfing, so it's important to be comfortable with a laid-back, beach lifestyle. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases would be beneficial. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. El Zonte is a popular destination for digital nomads due to the government's positive stance on cryptocurrencies. In fact, El Salvador is the first country in the world to accept Bitcoin as legal tender. However, it's still advisable to have access to other forms of currency. The local cuisine is a mix of Mayan, Spanish, and Pipil influences, with a focus on corn, beans, and seafood. It's important to note that the tap water is not safe to drink, so you'll need to buy bottled water. El Salvador has a tropical climate, with a wet and a dry season. It can get very hot and humid, so lightweight, breathable clothing is recommended. Healthcare facilities in El Salvador are not up to the standards of more developed countries. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America. While El Zonte is generally safer than larger cities, it's still important to take precautions, such as avoiding isolated areas at night and not displaying signs of wealth. Public transportation in El Salvador is not very reliable or safe. It's more common to travel by car, but be aware that road conditions can be poor and driving standards are different than in Western countries. El Salvador is in the Pacific Time Zone and does not observe daylight saving time. The country's electrical outlets are type A and B, the same as in the United States and Canada. Finally, it's important to respect the local culture and customs. Salvadorans are known for their hospitality and friendliness, but they also value modesty and politeness," wrote one member in El Zonte.

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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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