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How safe is El Salvador for American Tourists?

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How safe is El Salvador for American Tourists?

I jumped on the opportunity to go down to ES with my girlfriend and her husband to visit El Salvador at the end of this month. Her dad lives in El Salvador and we would be staying with him at his ranch and he would be tour guide. She ensures me we will be super safe, stay in the touristy areas, and also have an amazing time!

However a couple days ago my mom calls crying her eyes out about how dangerous it is, the most dangerous city in the western hemisphere, considered the second most dangerous country, echoed by tons of articles on crime, kidnapping, AK47s and grenades!! (YIKES!!!!)

Ticket is already paid for- should I just eat the cost or get on the plane? Has anyone experienced any problems in ES, and is it worth the risk for an American female traveling with fluent Spanish speakers? Not gonna lie- a leeeeetle bit freaked out!

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93. Re: How safe is El Salvador for American Tourists?

My husband is travelling to El Salvador in July and I would love to accompany him hence I've been reading through all these comments. I would really like to experience local food and local life - any tips?

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94. Re: How safe is El Salvador for American Tourists?

Well, first are you staying in San Salvador? Or the beach..... ? The beach life is a good life unless you are a superactive person, the local food is called PUPUSAS is a tortilla with cheese or mixed ingredients inside. Life in san salvador is the same as in the U.S. with bars and clubs etc.... try Zona Rosa is an upscale part of town with several busineses...also remember PASEO DEL CARMEN, also several restaurants and bars with the presence of the police force.

Beach life, if you are a drinker and partier EL TUNCO OR EL SUNZAL are great choices, if you are more of a surfer Mizata and jf you just like to pampered and relax EL CUCO with the outstanding hotels and COSTA DEL SOL..... if you have any other questions please ask me moyo5042@gmail.com....ENJOY...

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You will love it! I have been there twice within two years, and my husband and I are planning our 2015 trip. My Canadian husband wants to buy property by the beach, and I couldn't be happier! Because I was born and raised in San Salvador. Moved to Canada with my family when I was only fifteen years old. My first language is Spanish and it does come in handy! Go! You will absolutely love it!

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96. Re: How safe is El Salvador for American Tourists?

Go to El Salvador. I was just there... As long as you stay with your friends you'll be fine. It's a great place, despite the bad publicity... Enjoy, make it an adventure...

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Not sure why any American citizen would go into this third world country!!?? Just as of late thousands of young children came to the US. Why in the hell would these children be sent here if things are so damn great in El Salvador??? Corruption, bordering on lawlessness and US law doesn't provide you with any protection in these countries. Do yourself and your family a big favor and go to Florida instead!

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98. Re: How safe is El Salvador for American Tourists?

pleaaaase..... you had problems with a local man, COUPLE PROBLEMS... the country doesnt have to pay for your mistakes Weber... ! what you had with Jorge, is your problem, all the country is not the problem!

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Shawn, re your "Not sure why any American citizen would go into this third world country!!?? Just as of late thousands of young children came to the US. Why in the hell would these children be sent here if things are so damn great in El Salvador??? "

Did you ever consider the possibility that maybe the families of these children know that if they claim their country is too dangerous, it gives them a better chance to get political asylum in the U.S.??? Huh, huh, huh?

It was just as when the hurricane devastated parts of Central America. Tens of thousands of Central Americans rushed into the United States, claiming they had lost everything in the storm, but they were mostly lying to (I work with Central Americans in the States and speak Spanish. They felt comfortable telling me the truth. Many parents of these "children" told journalists the same thing.)

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100. Re: How safe is El Salvador for American Tourists?

Hello My Name is Mac Bernal Owner of Maya Triangle Tours And Tour Guide For Over 15 Years in El Salvador and Central America Region and Yes I Have Live in The States Before Over 10 Years and I Know The Good Areas And Bad Areas of The USA and How Safe is El Salvador in Central America We Are Very Safe we have many tourist come and go every year we are just like the states with bad areas and good areas we just recommend to used our services from tour guides and tour companys in our beautiful El Salvador.Bad news are Bad news every where ok.

All The Best

Mac Bernal

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