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Topic: Is La Libertad area safe?

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Is La Libertad area safe?

« on: February 14 2009 22:02:00 »

Would like to travel to La Libertad surf breaks, but am worried about saftey.  Any thoughts?


Stephanie Donley

RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #1 on: February 15 2009 08:02:00 »

I was in El Salvador 4 years ago and never felt unsafe.  We went with a friend who grew up in El Salvador so that might have made a difference but we never had a problem and certainly never felt threatened in any way, and never had a problem with theft.  Use common sense and I think you will be fine.  A guy named Alex ran a surf camp/hotel right on the beach and he was awesome!  When we went the surf was big!  If your an advanced intermediate or expert surfer you will love it.  The people of El Salvadot were gracious and hospitable, I highly reccomend it!



RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #2 on: February 15 2009 18:02:00 »

hi there, when are you going? I plan a trip to el salvador my self , around 1st week of March , 09. Let me know. Mike



RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #3 on: February 17 2009 14:02:00 »

Question, when surfing there, are mosty of these spots accessible without the use of a boat or 4x4, can someone not connected to a surf hotel, surf there without any issues, and paying tons of money.
Lastly I noticed, how would a beginner surfer fair out on these breaks?


P.S I also am plan a trip through the area of el salvador within the next 6-8 months



RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #4 on: June 02 2009 11:06:00 »

I was just there on the weekend of Memorial Day and can tell you that the area is safe and the breaks are awsome enven for beginers.  Just like traveling to any other foreign country, be safe on the streets, do no carry too much cash on you, over $50 is too much, carry low dollar denominations $1, $5, $10, do not carrt credit cards or ATM cards on you, have a form of ID not your passport with you, leave the passport on a safe in the hotel room if available.  The public transportation once in La Libertad is safe, most USA surfers take the bus to/from the hotel to the convenience store to get water, food, etc, some even hitch rides!! though I would never recommend hitching rides not even here in the USA!!



RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #5 on: February 25 2010 09:02:687 »

I spent a week in the La Libertad region last year with a group of surfers.  Going into the trip we were concerned about safety but were surprised to find very friendly locals all around.  People were willing to share information and shockingly friendly when out in the water.  Not to say this is everyone we met was great but we were shocked at how overall welcoming people were.  

My advice... don't spend a ton of time in the port area.. We went up the coast and it was beautiful and definitely felt safer.   Definitely recommend a car to check out the different spots.  Also we didn't really attempt to head out at night.  If you are looking for a party I wouldn't choose this region but for the waves it exceeded the hype!


Sunzal Point

RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #6 on: March 23 2010 12:03:840 »

La Libertad is just a port town that you don't need to spend much time in.  Most of the travelers end up in the Sunzal/tunco area with the sunzal and la bocana surf breaks right there.  We offer an all inclusive surf adventure package on our webstsite that keeps you busy surfing and doing activities from the time we pick you up from the airport until the time that we drop you off. It's $399 per person and for what you get it is totally worth it.  No need to rent a car to explore the other surf breaks or to waste time picking up groceries/water, we got you covered.  More time to surf awesome waves.



RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #7 on: April 19 2010 13:04:433 »

If your worried about negative things that other people have written about El Sal on this forum, just remember that there  are a lot of other countries in central america (i.e. costa rica) that are competing for tourism with El Salvador.  Read the hundreds of experiences that people have had in El Sal here  
at least now you can see an unbiased opinion of people who have actually been there.



RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #8 on: May 28 2010 22:05:970 »




RE: Is La Libertad area safe?

« Reply #9 on: January 22 2011 01:01:00 »

La Libertad has a great vibe, Beautiful scenery, and great people that give this port town, a humble feel. You can get around to many secluded parts of the coast via bike, walk, or 4x4, I would not recommend anything less than a 4x4 on most of these roads during the rainy months. but the surf is superb year around. We have a beautiful property between prime spots like Punta Roca and Conchalio. We are a family owned establishment and would love to have you join us. For more information feel free to contact me via e-mail :

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