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People come here to relax, enjoy the beaches and great surfing.
|El Balsamo||El Sunzal, Km 44, Calle a la playa Tamanique||HOSTEL||82|
|Esencia Nativa Hostel & restaurant||El Zonte Beach Carretera El Litoral km53||hostel||-|
|Hotel el Portal de las Colinas||Cuarta Calle Poniente No. 5-4, Santa Tecla||Hotel||-|
|Tropicalsurflodge Hotel||Beach El Cocal N 27||HOTEL||-|
|Sunzal Point Surf Lodge & Retreat||Km. 44||HOSTEL||-|
|Hosteria Farallon Dillon||Lomas de Ballenita Ballenita||HOTEL||-|
|Rancho Las Brisas||Calle La Bocana #17 La Pocana||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Internet cafes are available in pretty much every town and charge around US$1-2 per hour. There is almost always wifi (usually free of charge) in hostels, mostly in midrange and luxury hotels (but less so in budget hotels and guesthouses), but connection speeds and reliability varies dramatically. Be aware that many high-end hotels charge between $3 and $10 per day for internet use although some will let you log on and print an airline boarding pass free of charge.
See also International Telephone Calls
The international country code for El Salvador is 503. The general emergency number is 911.
To place a call within El Salvador, simply dial the eight-digit number beginning with 2 for landlines and 7 for cellphones.
The main companies are Movistar, Tigo, Digicel, and Claro, with Tigo reputedly giving the best overall reception. When using your own cell phone, the roaming can cost anywhere between $1 and $4 a minute and internet charges are extremely high as well. It's better to buy a local SIM card, which can be bought for about US$25-30 and have much lower rates. Especially when you are in the country for a longer time and wish to use internet and make a call regularly, this might be a better option.
Pay-as-you-go phones can be purchased in the airport, the cheapest of which cost $60. Make sure to ask if the phone can take international calls and how much this costs, as packages vary and can be restrictively expensive. Look out for promotions such as free incoming calls and cheap international calls for US$0.10 a minute with certain networks.
Correos de El Salvador is the country's postal service. Most towns in El Salvador have post offices marked by a blue sign reading correos. Post offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm in larger cities, and 7:00am to noon and 2:00 to 5:00pm in small towns. To mail a standard letter or a postcard from El Salvador to the United States costs around US$0.70 and US$1 to Europe and Australia. It might take anywhere from a week to the USA to a few weeks further afield. If you'd like to send a package, it might be better to use an international company like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx, as they are fast, reliable and not overly expensive.
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