El Tunco is quickly gaining attention as a safe haven for backpackers and surfers of all ages wanting to visit El Salvador. With incredible sunsets, amazing surf and lots of options for dining this town is a must visit. I put together a list of some of the best places to stay from the most luxurious beachside rentals to hostels and of course, the best family run surf camp.
7 Incredible Places to Stay in El Tunco, El Salvador
Bocas Olas Resort
Bocas Olas Resort Villas (shown above) is tucked into the quiet northern end of El Tunco, perfect for couples or solo travelers wanting to be away from all the nightlife in El Tunco. One of the perks of staying at the Boca Olas Resort is the golf cart transportation to and from the core of town. This is the only resort in the area offering such a service. With a great private pool and the La Bocana surf break located a minute walk away, Bocas Olas Resort is the best option for sun lovers in El Tunco.
Balance Villa is located on private property at the river mouth where the Rio Grande River and La Bocana surf break meets into the ocean. This 3-bedroom villa comes with an infinity pool, large sun deck and plenty of palm trees in the grassy backyard for shade. It’s hard to leave this property with a full kitchen, modern styling and incredible ocean breeze throughout the property.
Esymar Beach House
The most unique vacation rental home in the area is without a doubt the Esymar Beach House perched up above on a small hill steps from La Bocana beach. The views here are unreal. The 6-bedroom home is equipped with AC, a huge pool and great use of indoor-outdoor space. Although the interior is basic especially the kitchen, this is the sort of rental you would want to spend all of your time outdoors on the beautiful property instead.
Cielo Vista Hotel & Spa
For total relaxation, peace and quiet the Cielo Vista Hotel & Spa is the perfect option for your El Tunco vacation. Located in the trees away from the beach this property offers total tranquility. With 2 pools on the grounds and lovely gardens perfect for meditative walks along with some of the best home-cooked foot in El Salvador, you can’t go wrong. The location is a bit of a walk from the beach, the tradeoff comes with the evening trade winds, and the perfect location for finishing a book or two.
Roca Sunzal Hotel
Located on the beach in front of the main drag in El Tunco is the Roca Sunzal Lodge. With AC and flat screen TV’s the room you just might forget you’re traveling in Central America. Start your day each morning with an included breakfast in the restaurant overlooking the ocean, you’ll most likely end up here for the sunset as well. Roca Sunzal has 3 swimming pools and direct access to the beach, what more could you ask for? And best of all the rooms here are a fraction of what you would expect to pay for a resort like this on any other beach around the world.
One of the most unique looking properties in El Tunco featuring tiki wood throughout is the Casa Bonita. This 3-bedroom villa is a great pick for families having the ability to sleep 6 people in queen size beds and a pull-out couch. From the outside of the property, the Casa Bonita is very unassuming, however, once you step foot inside, you’re magically transported to an island oasis. Casa Bonita is the sort of place you won’t want to leave especially on hot days thanks to a private pool, tons of covered outdoor seating and palm trees throughout. Although the property is not on the beach it’s a short 2-minute walk away along with the main drag of El Tunco. This place books way in advance, FYI.
For surfers on a budget or anyone looking to surf real waves staying with Vaquero and his family at the Vaquero Surf Lodge is a must. To be honest, I am hesitant to talk about his place as it’s such a great deal, and I plan to come back many times in the future. The lodging is super basic, some rooms have 2 beds, some 3 and even 4, the showers are cold, and you’ll be woken up early every morning to surf. Isn’t that why you’re heading to El Salvador in the first place. For an added cost you can have surf tours and photography daily from Vaquero and his local crew to breaks up and down the coast. It really doesn’t get any better than this for experienced surfers.