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Driving around - Safe?

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Driving around - Safe?

We like to rent a car at the airport and really see a country. Is that safe in El Salvador. Are most of the roads in the GPS? (They aren't

in Costa Rica) Can we take ourselves to the beaches & such?


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1. Re: Driving around - Safe?

Not problem the onlything you might find is the missing signs so if you dont speak spanish it would be hard but if you do you will have a great time

go ahead

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2. Re: Driving around - Safe?

No driving is not a problem.

Watch out for cones on the road keep doors locke and windows up at stop lights, don't pull over for anyone.

if it is not complete in CR maybe not any better in ES.

Never used one in either country.

It is good to now the names of the towns along the way to your destination as signage may not show the name of where you are going but a town along the way.

The main problem is that the car rental kiosk often won't honor an online reservation. so be aware.

You have an idea of where you want to visit?

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3. Re: Driving around - Safe?

We rented a car, found the roads were quite good, and signals abundant, if you do not speak Spanish, it should not be a problem, normally road signs are designed to be language neutral. We drove from the beach to the city, one major highway took us there. (Panamericana Highway). Driving in the city is another story, it requires nerves of steel, my husband could do it, I could not. You need to be very alert all the time, and there are lots of traffic circles, pleople weave in and out of them like there is no tomorrow. My two cents worth...

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4. Re: Driving around - Safe?

You shouldn't have trouble driving in El Salvador, but do make sure you're a good defensive driver, especially in San Salvador. If you aren't an aggressive driver, you'll never get anywhere, in my experience.

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