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Los Cóbanos Beach

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  • Easy
  • Free
  • 2-3 days
  • 2 2

A typical fishing village and quiet beach town

Los Cóbanos, El Salvador

The calm and quiet beach Los Cóbanos is a small paradise in the western El Salvador. This small Salvadoran town has some of the best unspoiled, coralline sand beaches in the country. You will be impressed by the beautiful landscape, the romantic sunsets and the friendly locals. Moreover, Los Cóbanos is an environmentally protected area since 2007 and features the only subaquatic archaeological park in Central America.


Here you will find an abundant submarine life, you can go on a tour and look out for playing dolphins and huge whales (November to January). You can also inform yourself about the protection, conservation and release of four different sea turtle species in danger of extinction (May to December and July to February). The volcanic coral reef Los Cóbanos is one of the oldest and most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. This makes it an excellent destination for snorkeling and diving within a colourful and versatile coral and marine flora.


The village itself is small and calm. It is the perfect spot to relax and forget the daily routine. At the first sand beach, uncountable restaurants line along the waterfront. They primarily serve fish and seafood. For sure it will be of the best you will taste during your trip. It gets directly caught by the fishermen in the morning and then gets right onto your plate for lunch. You can choose between grilled fish, prawn cocktail, ceviche (raw, marinated fish) and much more. The smell of the delicious food already makes your mouth watery and you would live to try them all.


The second beach is quiet and deserted. It stretches along the coast and is the perfect place to relax and let the day go by. You can chill in the shallow water and sit between the rocks, get out your snorkeling goggles and explore the underwater world or read your book at the beach. For sure, nobody will disturb you on this paradisiac spot of land.

How to get there

Take the bus #205 from San Salvador to Sonsonate. From there take the bus #257 to Los Cóbanos.

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