We stayed 4 nights at La Sombra. It's a very basic place. If you're a surfer, it's all you need. Easy barefoot walk on the beach access gets you to "La Bocana" surf break. It's a 10 minute walk to paddle out at El Sunzal. There's a laundry business nearby, although a bit expensive. The pool is super clean. There's an outdoor shower to use after you get back from surfing. Wifi signal is good in the common area, and a little weaker in the rooms (upstairs). There's a very basic outdoor kitchen and refrigerator you can use, but it REALLY needs new cookware. Don't count on good pots and pans. Free coffee and water refills. I recommend labeling your food and beer to avoid any confusion.
It was a mostly a younger crowd during our stay. So if that's where you fit, then you'll enjoy meeting a bunch of people. If you're sensitive to cigarette smoke, you may consider a room further away from the outdoor common area. Of course it all depends on who's staying... Some are more polite than others. We stayed in a double with a private bath and a floor fan for $20 a night. Seems to be one of the cheapest in El Tunco. Heard the dorm is around $7 a night. Easy to get cold beer nearby.
Hints: 2 ATMs in El Tunco, don't accept MasterCard, but I think Visa is okay. Good grocery store and more ATMs are in La Libertad at "El Faro" mall. Talk to locals about the busses.... We found out the San Salvador busses aren't always running. We got lucky catching the only one of the day on a Wednesday.
Basically, you're here to surf, eat, drink beer, sleep... Repeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Sombra Hostel. Within just a few minutes' walk you can enjoy the beach with 4 surf spots La Bocana left point, Bocanita beach break , Sunzalito beach break and Sunzal good right point. For just a few minutes' walk, you can enjoy Restaurants, Bars, ATN, Laudry and Mini markets and you can catch a minibuses to Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Our accommodation is perfect for budget travellers and backpackers, we have kitchen which you can use, surfboards for rent, swimming pool, 24 hours security, wi-fi, and Free coffee every morning, Come and share the experience of Playa El Tunco with us. You will really enjoy your stay!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Sombra Hostel El Salvador/La Libertad