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Why Fly to San Salvador?
Roughly one third of El Salvador’s population resides within the San Salvador metro area, and if you really want to feel the nation’s heartbeat, there’s no better place to go. With cheap flights to San Salvador readily available, you may be just a few hours away from haggling with vendors on the city’s busy boulevards amid a teeming populace that’s always on the go. Great museums, restaurants, markets and monuments give San Salvador’s visitors plenty to do, and its status as the El Salvador’s central transport hub makes it the best starting point for exploring the country.
Which Airlines Fly to San Salvador?
Cuscatlan International Airport (SAL), located about 30 miles from San Salvador, is El Salvador’s busiest air gateway and one of the most active airports in Central America. Cuscatlan is well-connected to the U.S.; American Airlines offers nonstop flights from Dallas, Los Angeles and Miami, Continental flies direct from Houston and Newark, and Delta covers nonstop routes from Atlanta. You can also fly direct with El Salvador-based TACA Airlines, which uses Cuscatlan as one of its main hubs. TACA departs regularly from Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
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San Salvador Flight Tips
San Salvador’s high season runs from November to April, often with a lull from late January to early March. Flights during this window tend to fill up faster than those departing between May and October.
Quick Travel Guide to San Salvador
Most visitors to El Salvador first enter the country through the capital of San Salvador, although not all of them stick around before departing for the beaches to the south or the ruins in other far-flung areas. That’s a shame, because San Salvador offers a diverse blend of sightseeing, dining, shopping and cultural experiences that take at least a few days to fully appreciate.
Must-see sites like Museo de Arte, a palatial exhibition of works from around El Salvador and the world, and Joya de Ceren, the site of some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins, could each consume a day on their own. And when you’re in the mood for more modern experiences, the hip neighborhoods of Escalon and San Benito are among Central America’s leaders in fine dining, entertainment, retail and hospitality. A night in these swanky districts provides the chance to stay in one of the finest hotels in San Salvador and points far beyond.
A great way to experience your first night in San Salvador is to take the short bus or taxi ride to Los Planes de Renderos, a small village perched atop a mountain plateau overlooking the city. Crowds gather there each night at dusk to watch the bright lights come alive in the big city below.