El Zonte Things to Do
Watch the waves
The waves wrap around the point creating a long steep, unfortuanatly not hollow, wall.
But the most fun to watch will be the kids who surf the left over waves that roll into the river, there devenetly are future surfstars there, and it really is fun to watch, cause the kids all have so much fun.
El Zonte Restaurants
It actually has no name: Cheap, lot's and it is good, very good
We ate here the whole time we were in El Zonte, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And it was yummy all the time, and most off the times we were the only ones there so we always had good contact with the owners, and they really took good care off us.
ps, they don't have a menu, they just have what they have that day
Favorite Dish: The most expensive dish was also the best one, for $4US you will have a whole BIG fish rice, salad and beans. And it is prepared very good.
But everything they prepare is good breakfast is local, and you have to eat what they have, which mostly is eggs and plantanos.
Lunch you can have what is left from breakfast or chicken
and dinner is either chicken, lobster, prawns or fish, and that basicly is it
El Zonte Nightlife
SurfCamp: Have a local beer
There is not much to do at El Zonte, except have a drink at one of the SurfCamps, and even they won't stay open way past 10 (yes everything closes early here, very early) Most nites it will be very relaxing, except when in the weekend when the locals come to drink, then you can have a nice latin party, just watch out for crazy drunks.
Dress Code: Just cover up your private parts.
El Zonte Warnings and Dangers
Due to extreme levels of poverty,all travel into and out of El Zonte should only be conducted in daylight hours.Police are nonexistant,shanties constructed from driftwood and stones are the primary residences,and many youths are spending there nights huddling on the beach.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
The nearest town with a bank and real stores is La Libertad, while during day not much will happen (just watch your pockets in busy streets), after sunset it is a different story, gangs rule the streets.
We've heard off stories that gangs were outside bars and restaurants waiting for people to come out so they can rob them.
SO try to stay out La Libertad at nite, but if you are there, have somebody call a cab for you so you get where you have to go safe.
El Salvador is known as a violent and dangerous country, but in El Zonte you will find little problem. Only in the weekend when locals come to the beach to drink and party, it can get crazy.
Especially young workers will cary there machettes to the beach, cause they are a symbol to them
Even though hardly ever used on people, it can look scary when they are drunk, so don't *** them off
El Zonte Tourist Traps
What is the closing time???
Just know that everything clkoses very shortly after sunset (note,, it is dark at 7pm !!!!!!!!) so either will be an early nite in bed, or buy your own drinks from one of the two stores there.
Fun Alternatives: Only one alternative, go to La Libertad, but this is NOT advisable after dark cause former US gang members rule the streets there then.
El Zonte Sports & Outdoors
Ride the wild surf
The waves are awsome, and that is also basilcy the only thing you can do there.
So if you bodyboard or surf, you will have a great time for sure as the waves are really good.
Equipment: If you only will surf El Zonte (which I doubt) you will need just a board for long steap pointbreaks. It isn't too hollow, just steep fast and long on the right tide. But other waves are close, so you will need more boards for sure.
And as bodyboarding, a stringer will be handy, cause it is hot, like hell so your board will flex more than usual.