San Salvador, El Salvador – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

 

Not many tourists come to San Salvador, as the media claims El Salvador to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Even people who backpack Central America usually skip this country. But how is life here? Let’s get into it!

POPULATION: 570,000

 

IS SAN SALVADOR SAFE?

San Salvador is safe enough to walk during the day. However, at night you should be careful, especially outside of the university area. Robberies do happen here, especially if you look lost. Take a taxi at night to get back to your hostel.


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN SAN SALVADOR

$300.00-400.00 for a nice, private apartment in the university area.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN SAN SALVADOR

6/10 

Take your time with nightlife in San Salvador to make the city digestible. It feels dangerous, but if you’re careful you should be ok. Also, knowing Spanish helps, but if you stay around the university area (where many clubs and bar are located), many girls are happy to practice their English with you.

 

COST OF LIVING IN SAN SALVADOR

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $1370 USD/month to live in San Salvador, El Salvador

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I wouldn’t suggest it as a first destination for backpacking trip. Knowing Spanish helps, but not a must. Many students know enough English to communicate.

Also, carry a wallet with 10 or 20 dollars to give up in case you get robbed, and keep the rest of your money elsewhere.


OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10


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