San Salvador El Salvador Capital City. Great place to visit or call home

San Salvador El Salvador Capital city

San Salvador, El Salvador capital city, is the largest and most populated city in the country; it has a population of 550,000. The capital of El Salvador is the country’s cultural, educational, financial, and political center. This city has been the Salvadoran capital since 1839.

San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, is ideal for spending time as a tourist or making it a permanent residence. The city has diverse cuisine options, great shopping, and excellent nightlife. Also, it has various museums, iconic historic churches, well-known plazas, and famous buildings.

San Salvador, El Salvador Capital City.

In many ways, El Salvador’s capital is similar to most big cities; you get the good with the bad.

Two good things about San Salvador are that everything is near, and there are plenty of options on what to do. On the negative side, there is traffic most of the time, and things are generally more expensive.

San Salvador El Salvador Capital City
San Salvador, El Salvador Capital City.

El Salvador is considered a developing country; this is clearly visible in San Salvador, especially in public transportation and infrastructure.

Public transportation in the city is not well organized or regulated; this leads to traffic jams and accidents. Also, infrastructure is not well maintained. Some of the roads are in bad shape, and public sidewalks are sometimes blocked by vendors or parked cars.

I hope this information regarding public transportation or infrastructure does not discourage you from visiting or moving to San Salvador.

El Salvador is a developing country; however, the Nayib Bukele administration is working hard to make the capital a top-notch city for tourists and residents.

Visiting El Salvador Capital City.

The capital of Salvador is a great city to visit for a few days or for an entire trip. There are plenty of things to do and see in the city; furthermore, some of the best tourist destinations in the country are in the city or nearby.

If you visit for a few days, you can experience Salvadoran culture and history at its best. For example, you can see the San Salvador historic district and hang out at Liberty Plaza or Plaza Barrios.

In the historic district, the area considered the heart of the city, you will also get a chance to visit iconic buildings such as the National Palace, the National Theater. You will also find the National Cathedral and the El Rosario church, two of the best churches in El Salvador.

San Salvador El Salvador Capital
San Salvador, Capital of El Salvador.

Many visitors stay in San Salvador the entire trip and make it a base of operations; these visitors take day trips to nearby tourist attractions. The capital of El Salvador is centrally located; some of the best tourist destinations are less than two hours away.

Getting to the Capital of El Salvador.

If you are in the country, you can get to San San Salvador by either driving, taking the bus, or renting a shuttle. From outside the country, the best option is to fly in. Nevertheless, driving or taking a bus is an option, especially from nearby nations.

The scenery, while either driving or taking the bus from nearby countries, is charming and colorful. Nonetheless, before deciding about driving or taking the bus to San Salvador, consider the long lines that you will encounter at the border, which are legendarily bad.

Without a doubt, the best option, which most travelers do, is to fly into the only international airport in El Salvador, “Airport Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez.”

El Salvador’s capital city is about 25 miles from the international airport. It should take you less than an hour to reach most destinations in San Salvador from the airport, assuming smooth traffic.

Getting to the Capital of El Salvador.

If you are in the country, you can get to San San Salvador by either driving, taking the bus, or renting a shuttle. From outside the country, the best option is to fly in. Nevertheless, driving or taking a bus is an option, especially from nearby nations.

The scenery, while either driving or taking the bus from nearby countries, is charming and colorful. Nonetheless, before deciding about driving or taking the bus to San Salvador, consider the long lines you will encounter at the border, which are legendarily bad.

Without a doubt, the best option, which most travelers do, is to fly into the only international airport in El Salvador, “Airport Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez.”

El Salvador’s capital city is about 25 miles from the international airport. It should take you less than an hour to reach most destinations in San Salvador from the airport, assuming smooth traffic.

Safety in San Salvador, the Capital of El Salvador.

Undeniably, safety is a big concern for anyone looking to visit San Salvador, and it should be. Historically, according to Atlas, San Salvador has been in the top twenty of the most dangerous cities in the world.

However, as of 2020, San Salvador is no longer one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The new government, under the direction of Nayib Bukele, has made safety a top priority. Visit the Nayib Bukele security plan page to see the results he is getting and get more information.

I will not attempt to convince you that San Salvador is not dangerous; the city has been on the Atlas list for a reason. Nevertheless, as I have told many people who have asked me questions about Safety in El Salvador. The statistics are deceptive and don’t tell the whole story.

For one thing, the statistics fail to show that crime is secluded to specific areas of the city; you as a tourist will never have a reason to be in those areas.

Besides, touristic areas have more security and safety for tourist, is a top priority. If you have the time, read this article, “Is El Salvador Safe to Travel?” It will give you a better understanding of safety in El Salvador.

Getting Around San Salvador.

There are a few options available to get around the city, taxis, uber’s, public transportation, private shuttles, walking, and driving; it is up to you which one to use. The location where you are staying and your destination will help narrow down your options.

Any destinations near you, you should walk or take the bus, this is so you can get the experience. By all means, farther destinations, take a taxi or uber, will be a more comfortable ride. Obviously, take a shuttle for faraway destinations, it is better, and you will get a guide that knows the area.

These are only suggestions; in the end, you are the one who will decide on what is the better option for you to get around. Also, ask the hotel staff about getting around the city; they might suggest something different or even provide you with transportation.

Accommodations in El Salvador Capital City.

The capital city has plenty of accommodations for all types of visitors. Obviously, your budget and the area that you want to stay in will be the deciding factor on cost.

For one thing, budget travelers can find hostels or private rooms, in a safe area, for about $20 per night. For safety reasons, make sure you research and read reviews about the hostel or private home you consider staying in.

By all means, if budget is not an issue, you will find top-of-the-line hotels that will cost you over $200 per night. These hotels are located in the city’s most wealthy areas, with some of the best restaurants and shopping malls around.

Visiting San Salvador, El Salvador capital city.

As I have noted, San Salvador is not a top touristic spot. A lot of travelers use the city as a pit stop to get to other destinations. Nevertheless, in my humble opinion, it should be a top touristic spot. It has plenty of things for visitors to do, see, and enjoy.

El Salvador Capital City
San Salvador Historic downtown. Photi by Ruth Preza

Living in San Salvador. El Salvador Capital City.

Why do you live in San Salvador? It is a common question people ask those who live in the capital; obviously, every person has its reason for it, but the typical answer is, why not!

Why not live in San Salvador! Yes, the city has issues, but it is still a great city to call home. For one thing, the local culture is exceptional, and the activities are plentiful.

I can list all the reasons why living in San Salvador is a good idea; I might at some point. But, in the meantime, visit the city for a few days and explore. And while visiting, you can talk to local residents and ask questions about living in San Salvador.

Where to live in San Salvador?

Where to live in San Salvador? is a hard question to answer or take a position about it; there are just too many factors to consider.

If you are moving alone, some of the factors might be, do you want to live in a trendy area or not? Do you have a car or plan to take public transportation? Are you on a budget or not? These are just some of the things that will impact your decision on where to live.

On the other hand, if you are moving with a family, things change; now there are more factors to consider, such as kid’s education and family safety.

The choices of where to live in San Salvador are vast; each individual or family will have their own criteria about what they are looking for.

I can definitely name some neighborhoods that are great for living in the capital. However, I decided against it; for one thing, my criteria are probably different than yours.

You can visit this website Salvadoran real estate site and get an idea of what rentals go for in the city.

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Is San Salvador Dangerous to live in?

How dangerous is San Salvador to live in? Well, if you look at the city as a whole, then it can be considered hazardous. Like many large cities in Central America, San Salvador could be regarded as risky to live in.

San Salvador, just like many other large cities around the world, has areas that are dangerous and should be avoided at any cost.

Speculating how dangerous the city would be to you, just by looking at crime statistics in general, is a bad idea. The crime statistics will not give you a clear picture of safety. It does not take into consideration things such as the location you will be living in and transportation.

These three things could show you how dangerous the city will be to you, your residence location, mode of transportation, and lifestyle.

Choosing the right community to live in is a big step in the right direction when it comes to safety. Before choosing a location to live in, find out everything about the area.

How you are going to be moving around is the next step. If you plan to drive, making sure your house has a safe parking space will be your biggest worry. On the other hand, if you plan to take public transportation, you will need to worry about the bus route and the people on the bus.

Lastly, your lifestyle has a big impáct on safety; if you live a calm life and don’t take crazy chances, the city will not be as dangerous. On the other hand, if you do drugs and go out drinking often, you will put yourself in more challenging situations. I am in no way judging the lifestyle of anyone; I am just being realistic and honest about it.

Without a doubt, if you take care of the three items listed above, follow safety recommendations, and use common sense, the city will not be dangerous to you.

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Cost of Living in San Salvador.

The city of San Salvador is the most expensive in the country. The following could give you an idea of how much it costs to live in the capital city. I will focus on the low-end cost of living, but I will use the US standard of living as a baseline.

Housing cost in San Salvador.

Just like any other big city, housing is going to be the most significant expense. You can find a furnished studio or apartment starting at $400 or more in a safe area on the low end. On the higher end, you will find apartments or homes for $1,000 or more.

By all means, these amounts are not set in stone, some places will run you as low as $200 per month, and upscale rentals will cost you upwards of $1,500 per month.

Food cost in San Salvador.

Food is another significant expense; on the low end, you can live on $200 per month, per person, from there, you can go as high as you desire.

Basically, to give you an idea about lunch cost, it is about $4.00, including a drink at a typical small place. And a combo meal in a fast-food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) is about $6.50.

Groceries are available at supermarkets and local markets all over the city; without a doubt, prices at the supermarket will be higher. I will not list any prices here as they change often; but, if you want to see current prices go here and see for yourself.

Other costs.

Some other items and their cost based on a low rental unit are; gas and electricity $80, house cable and unlimited internet $60, and cell phone plan $30.

Some items not listed here are transportation, entertainment, and healthcare, to name a few. These items are unique to each person, and so are the amounts that they will cost.

After researching and talking to people about the cost of living in San Salvador, I concluded that to live a comfortable life, you will need about $1,500 per month. Of course, you can go as low as $500 or even less; but the lower you go, the more you will sacrifice.

Schools, Universities, Embassies, Government Offices.

Living in the capital city is ideal; the city is the hub for the entire country. If you have kids and need to attend school or university, the best in the country are in the area. Also, if you want to learn another language or improve your Spanish, some of the best language schools are in the area.

Suppose you have issues with your passport or need your home country embassy for something. In that case, if your country has an embassy in El Salvador, it will be located in the capital city or nearby.

If you need to deal with Salvadoran government offices for whatever reason, you don’t need to go far; the main offices will be in this city.

Living in El Salvador Capital.

San Salvador is centrally located and the hub for the entire country; it is a great large city to live in. Yes, even with all its problems, the culture is excellent, the activities are plentiful, and many people are friendly.

Obviously, San Salvador has a bad reputation worldwide, but the city is more than what many news outlets show. So, if you are looking to move to Central America, take a look at El Salvador and the other best places to live in El Salvador.

San Salvador

San Salvador, El Salvador Capital city.

To summarize, the city is excellent for spending time as a tourist; or to make it your permanent home. Diverse cuisine options, great shopping, and outstanding nightlife make it more appealing. Furthermore, museums, historic churches, well-known plazas, and iconic buildings add to the cities charm. Take a chance and visit San Salvador or move to it!

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