The best places to live in El Salvador are the cities of San Salvador, La Libertad, Santa Ana, Santa Tecla, Antiguo Cuscatlan, Suchitoto, Juayua, and El Tunco. Clearly, there are other cities around the country with excellent qualities ideal for making them your new home. However, these eight cities are just the most popular!
In El Salvador, you can definitely find places to live that will match all of your needs, or at least most of them. There are plenty of excellent small towns scattered all over the country.
Rentals at some locations can cost you about $1,500 or more per month, especially in the most popular towns; whereas, rentals at smaller cities or beach towns may go as low as $200 per month, or even lower.
The cities on this list were chosen based on my personal opinions and beliefs, some of you may agree or disagree with them. Nevertheless, they can serve as a guide to show you what is out there. So, without further delay, here are the best places to live in El Salvador.
1- The city of San Salvador, the nation’s capital.
If you are looking for urban living, the city of San Salvador is the place of you. This city, with a population of about 550,000, is one of the best to live in the country.
The city is near everything you may need or want, shopping malls, parks, touristic spots, museums, restaurants, schools, universities, government buildings, embassies, and even a volcano nearby.
Additionally, the international airport is within 24 miles from the city, and some of the best beaches in the country are within a 40-mile drive.
Unquestionably, this area is the perfect urban environment for living, but be prepared to pay higher prices for almost everything, from housing to even haircuts.
The most popular communities in the city are San Benito and Colonia Escalon. They are top-notch communities excellent for living in; however, they are some of the most expensive in the city and the whole country. If you have the means to live there, take a look at it.
Unquestionably, the city has other communities that are less expensive, but still ideal for living. However, since there are just too many communities to list here, it is best to consult with a real estate agent; have him or her help you find the right location for you.
If you want to get a better idea on rental prices in San Salvador, take a look at this website, Bienes Raíces en El Salvador, they have a vast selection of rental properties in this city.
Lastly, if you want to know more about the nation’s capital and everything the city has to offer, visit the following page, San Salvador El Salvador.
2- La Libertad, best place to live in El Salvador near the coast.
La Libertad is a beach town in the department of La Libertad, it is an excellent location for those looking to live near the coast. The city attracts surfers looking for waves, and beachgoers looking for a relaxed area centrally located.
The town has a population of about 18000; however, it might seem crowded because of all the tourists. The city of La Libertad, just like any other beach town with attractive beaches, gets a lot of visitors, especially on the weekend and national holidays.
If you like surfing, the town has one of the top surf spots in El Salvador, the Punta Roca break; this surf break has consistent waves almost the entire year. Furthermore, another reason this town is popular with surfers is the proximity to El Tunco and El Sunzal, two more of the top surf spots in El Salvador, which are nearby.
Non-surfers or beachgoers have plenty of activities available to them as well; the waterfront boardwalk is excellent for hanging out with all its shops and restaurants. The 19th-century pier with the fish market is perfect for purchasing fresh fish. And some of the best beaches in El Salvador are located in the area.
In addition to all the top of the line activities, La Libertad is also centrally located, the international airport and San Salvador are both within 25 miles.
To sum up, the city of La Libertad is a great place to consider making it your new home. Talk to a real estate agent and see if it is the right location for you.
3- Santa Ana, best mid size place to live in El Salvador.
The city of Sant Ana is one of the biggest cities in the country, also the capital of the department of Santa Ana, and the main town in the western part of the country.
In Santa Ana, you get city life with top of the line restaurants, shopping, touristic activities, and culture. However, the traffic and cost of living are way less than other larger cities like San Salvador or Santa Tecla.
The city is rich in tradition and history, iconic buildings such as the Cathedral of Santa Ana, the National Theater, and the Municipal Palace are located in the downtown area.
Furthermore, near the city are some of the best touristic spots in the country, Coatepeque Lake, Santa Ana Volcano, Cerro Verde National Park, Tazumal ruins, San Andres ruins, and Izalco Volcano are not that far away.
Undoubtedly, the city of Santa Ana is one of the best places to live in El Salvador; see if it’s right for you.
If you want to know more about this astonishing city, visit our Santa Ana Page.
4- The city of Santa Tecla.
The city of Santa Tecla, similar to San Salvador, is an ideal location for those looking for urban living. But, just like San Salvador, the cost of living in this city is one of the highest in the country.
This city is for those who want an urban environment with excellent shopping, museums, restaurants, parks, and fantastic nightlife.
Nonetheless, the city has numerous places for you and your family to spend time outdoors, such as El Boqueron National Park, La Laguna botanical garden, El Cafetalón, San Martin park, or San Jose Park. These places have plenty of nature for you to enjoy.
Without a doubt, finding the right neighborhood for you will not be a problem, there are plenty of them and all over the city.
5- Antiguo Cuscatlan.
Antiguo Cuscatlan is a smaller city with fantastic shopping and great neighborhoods located in the department of La Libertad, right next to San Salvador.
This is an expensive area to live in, mostly because of the location and all the gated private neighborhoods.
Moreover, in Antiguo Cuscatlan, you will find three of the best universities in the country, Jose Matias Delgado University, Universidad Centro Americana Jose Simeon Cañas (UCA), and Albert Einstein University.
Another good thing about living in Antiguo Cuscatlan is the proximity to other urban communities like San Salvador and Santa Tecla.
As you can probably imagine, Antiguo Cuscatlan is a perfect location to move to, it will cost more, but it’s worth paying the extra expense to live here.
Suchitoto is known for being a top touristic destination in El Salvador, but it is also a great place to call home. This small town located about an hour from the capital is an ideal location if you are looking for a small city living.
The local community is welcoming to newcomers, especially foreigners. As a newcomer, you will not have a hard time making friendships with locals or the foreigners already living in town.
Living in this town may not be for everyone, the cost of living is low, but employment opportunities are rare and pay the Salvadoran minimum wage.
You can probably live a comfortable life here with $500 to $700 per month, but you will need your own source of income, other than finding employment in town.
Before moving to Suchitoto, spend a few days or weeks in town and see if it’s for you. Visit our Suchitoto page if you want to know more about this colorful colonial town.
If you are looking for small-town living, Juayua is an excellent option to consider. This small town west of San Salvador, surrounded by mountains with green forests, has a refreshing climate perfect for living.
Identically to Suchitoto, the cost of living here is less, but making a living is difficult as jobs pay the Salvadoran minimum wage, if you can find a job. So, to live a comfortable life in Juayua, you will need your own source of income.
Life in Juayua is small-town living, there are no nightclubs or movie theaters to speak of. However, this small town is one of the most visited in the country by local and foreign tourists alike.
A great tradition where you will see plenty of foreigners is the weekend food festival. Every Saturdays and Sundays during the entire year the town has a food festival; local and foreign tourist alike, arrive in town to enjoy some traditional local cuisine.
Another good thing about living in Nahuizalco is the proximity to other touristic towns like Nahuizalco and Ataco.
Also, you will be near some astonishing eco-tourism spots like Cerro Verde National Park with its volcanoes, and the marvelous Coatepeque Caldera.
Lastly, for coffee lovers, some of the best coffee plantations in the country are near the town of Juayua.
Just like Suchitoto, before moving in, spend a few days or weeks in town; see if life in Juayua is for you. To know more about this town, follow this link, Juayua El Salvador.
8- El Tunco.
If you want to live in a small surfing town that is quiet during the weekdays, but gest crazy with parties on the weekends, then El Tunco is your town!
The village or small town of El Tunco, without a doubt, is a surfers paradise, people from many countries frequently visit this surf town.
During the weekdays, people who live here are surrounded mostly by local and foreign surfers enjoying some impressive waves.
However, during the weekends, it gets crowded with locals from the nearby cities looking to party.
El Tunco is a great place to call home; the cost of living is less, and there are plenty of surf spots nearby. Furthermore, some of the best beaches in the country are within 20 miles.
If you want to know more about this small surf town, visit the El Tunco Page.
Other cities worth mentioning.
The following cities are worth mentioning as excellent places to live in El Salvador. They are not as popular as the ones mentioned above; nevertheless, they are worth looking into it when deciding where to live in El Salvador.
The City of San Miguel
San Miguel is the largest city in the eastern part of the country, it has a population of about 500,000. Even though the city is considered one of the most important in the country due to its economy. It’s not a top choice for people to move to.
The city of Chalatenango.
Chalatenango is the principal city of the department of Chalatenango; it is located near Honduras, about 80 kilometers from the capital city of San Salvador.
This city is ideal for those looking for small-town life; the city has a great climate and it’s full of local traditions.
If you want to know more about the city and the department of Chalatenango, visit the following website, chalatenangosv.com.
Ahuachapan is a smaller town in the western part of the country near the Guatemalan border. The city itself has great traditions and history going back to colonial times. Furthermore, smaller touristic towns like Apaneca, Nahuizalco, and Ataco are nearby.
Unquestionably, the cities of San Miguel, Chalatenango, and Ahuachapan; should be considered when choosing where to move to in El Salvador.
Conclusion – The best places to live in El Salvador.
The cost of living in El Salvador is another factor that affects the best places to live in; larger and popular cities will have a higher cost of living.
Nevertheless, in my opinion, these eight cities are the best places to live in El Salvador. Nonetheless, you or anyone else have the right to agree or disagree with the list. However, I hope this list helps anyone looking into El Salvador get an idea of what is available.