Playa El Tunco
Playa El Tunco
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  • ktolou
    Lodi, New Jersey50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day trip
    Is a really nice beach for a day trip. Plenty of restaurant for all budgets. The beach is has a lot stones is more for surfing. Nightlife is good but is more for young people teenagers yo 25 years old. They also charge to go in. And they charge for parking too unless that you consumed in the place parking is free. Food and views are great.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Tessmar
    Thamesford, Canada38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to stay
    Just back from a great week in El Tunco and already looking forward to going back. Fun little village with some excellent restaurant options and very affordable. The El Tunco beach is not the best for swimming with all the rocks. A short chicken bus or Uber ride away are some great bâches complete with shade, food, and beer for $1.50. The place is really rocking on weekends with many El Salvadorans coming down from San Salvador. It’s pretty popular with backpackers but otherwise I’d describe it as undiscovered, but not for long. We stayed at the Canuck Guest House and would again.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 February 2024
  • Kelly C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    La Bonitas at El Tunco!
    Had the best experience at La Bonita. Excellent vibes great music wonderful service The place next door Kakos is a waste of time and money. The drink selection is subpar and there is an overwhelming smell of raw sewage. The service is discriminatory masked by a “dress code.” save your money and avoid that bar.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 June 2024
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56003Richard
Houston, TX349 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Not sure what the fuss is all about but hey everyone says it’s great so I went to see it. It’s a very small Pueblo that is easy to get to via bus or car. The beach itself is a straight walk down the Main Street and at the beach you will come across the rock formation Tunco. It’s a black sand/rock beach. I took a look to see if one could swim to the rock formation but that would be a bit risky. To the right is where the surfers go and the waves are pretty decent for young gremlins. Not much else to do here except relax and do nothing. I didn’t spend the night here so no idea about the nightlife but I’m sure it’s good with all the gringos and locals that come here. Enjoy.
Written 23 February 2020
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Kelly C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Had the best experience at La Bonita. Excellent vibes great music wonderful service
The place next door Kakos is a waste of time and money. The drink selection is subpar and there is an overwhelming smell of raw sewage. The service is discriminatory masked by a “dress code.” save your money and avoid that bar.
Written 23 June 2024
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ktolou
Lodi, NJ50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Is a really nice beach for a day trip. Plenty of restaurant for all budgets. The beach is has a lot stones is more for surfing. Nightlife is good but is more for young people teenagers yo 25 years old. They also charge to go in. And they charge for parking too unless that you consumed in the place parking is free. Food and views are great.
Written 24 July 2023
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Mike X
Santa Cruz, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Spent a week here (from California). Great place for surfing and hanging at the beach. Very good food, beach and very nice people. More Americans should come down here!!! We felt safe the whole time and had a great time.
Written 10 March 2020
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ThomasCos
Leuven, Belgium164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The typical surfspot with all its restaurants, smoothie bars, easy living, hostels and long haired surf locals. Also great parties. One of the best surfing location in this region of our planet. Buses to and from El Tunco possible.
Written 4 February 2020
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Javier C.
San Salvador, El Salvador883 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is a small front beach village. However it has everything you need. From great food to locally brewed beer. Small shops, restaurants, hotels, hostels, bars, discos, etc. You have to visit El Tunco while in La Libertad. A must!
Written 27 July 2019
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Faye T
Bristol, UK7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
Beware- this beach may seem like a surfer's paradise but there are various undesirable locals around waiting to rob you. I got mugged here and attacked by a group of men at just 7pm while walking back from a restaurant on the beach. A gang of men were on the beach and had clearly been waiting for a target. Even for men this is not somewhere safe to come alone so avoid this beach and town at all costs.
Written 22 March 2015
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Georgia W
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had read about people feeling unsafe here so I was a little apprehensive going there alone as a woman. However once I arrived I walked around and felt totally comfortable by myself, there is a lovely atmosphere here! The beach is beautiful and I had no problem arriving with no accommodation booked. I stayed at Tunco Lodge for a week. I am also a non surfer- if you are happy to chill you will be fine here!
Written 23 March 2015
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Julie P
Duvall, WA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
I really like the town, the surfing and the people there.
Everyone was friendly, honest, and fun. I met a super friendly group of people there. I have been two years in a row.

If you go, find Bamba Diaz at Restaurant Erika.
He is the best surf instructor in town and teaches for very affordable rates.

He is friendly, encouraging and an amazingly good teacher.
He also fluent at speaking English and Spanish.

Bamba and his business partner David are able to guide you to other local hikes to waterfalls where you can jump and swim.
They also take people to visit other places in the country (for example, to visit the volcano, Route de Flores or to Tacuba to jump off of waterfalls in the national Forest) if you feel like having a friendly local take you there.

The town in quiet enough to enjoy the ocean and the stars, but lively enough to enjoy music and nightlife on weekends if you want.
They also have a great new yoga studio.
Written 26 February 2015
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Samuel T
Guayaquil, Ecuador3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
I just came back from a trip to El Tunco with friends, we were there during midweek so there was no party which was great for us. During the weekdays the town was calm and with not many people. We would get up at 5am to surf and be back at 10am for a yoga session at Balancé Studio. The food was great as there were many options to choose from (which was great as we had just came back from Punta Mango which is more isolated) we would have lunch at Taco Guanaco for $5 and eat huge Pupusas nextdoor for a dollar each at dinner time. The surf was good but only early in the morning and late in the afternoon (as it got windy afterwards) so you have all day left to just explore and hang out. We really recommend our driver Mauricio Flores 78151356 .. He can take you to any surfbreak you want... There are a bunch just 10 min near El Tunco area (Punta Rocas, Playa La Paz, El Zonte, El Cocal, Km 59, etc)... If there's no swell you can always just surf in El Sunzal or la Bocana (in El Tunco), there are always waves there...
About security don't worry about it... We never felt threatened (of course we were in bed by 10pm to surf early)
Written 19 April 2015
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