A destination par excellence. Playa El Tunco and Sunzal is today the most popular destination among young and older visitors. Many know this, but only a few know the nature and the magic of this small beach village.
If we go back in time about five years ago, everything was quite different from today. Here is a little story to find out what made this place what it is today:
Sunzal is known as one of the best pointbreaks in the country, its waves are very constant, and perfect for all surfers, beginners as well as advanced.
We could say, it has always been and always will be like that. This is the reason why this village exists and that makes its charm. It started with some Californian surfers who came before the Civil War in the early eighties, first to "discover" this surfing spot. It was a haven for those surfers who were looking for the warmth of our climate and the perfect waves. Playa El Tunco was visited only by very few local people and therefore there were very few people in the water. It was the time when the adventurers came with their VW buses and brought with them the boom of the sixties and seventies. At that time there were very few local surfers, yes most of them did not even know that this sport exists. At that time the first salvadorian surf generation grew up, children who were fascinated by these Americans with their big surfboards that could ride so elegantly on the waves. And so they began to practice this sport without knowing that it is exactly this sport that will bring you a different way of life and prosperity.
During the Civil War, the influx of international visitors was very weak, a time of poverty came across the beach, as over so many beaches near La Libertad. On the waves now only the fishermen and the local youth could enjoy surfing with pieces of surfboards, surfboards the visitors had left them, those visitors who did not come back. Also this is an example of Salvadorian history, always looking for a better future. But the magic of this place remained and some young surfers could also come to Playa El Tunco during the war to continue to surf. Thus, small huts and restaurants, such as the famous "Juanita" became a refuge for lovers of the sea.
After the peace agreement began a decade with little progress, but for many surfers was one of their best times. This generation of surfers enjoyed the freedom and park their car and pick-ups right on the beach, where today the restaurant La Bocana stands. Luison, Juanita and Amelia are still the main figures in El Tunco. Hospitality, cold beer and seafood delicacies were offered at reasonable prices and many surfers stayed in abandoned houses where the "caretaker" offered them a place to rest. Also, there were always a few almond trees or palm trees where you could relax your hammock to spend the night in the morning in the morning to surf.
Over the course of time, foreign visitors began to come again and the reputation of the local surfers increased. Here began the "modern era" with live music and beach parties. With increasing demand for backpacker hostels, the first hostels such as El Tubo, Papaya and Los Surfeadores emerged. And so El Tunco gradually became a village with "Bohemio Athomsphere". To the beat of the drums "Batucada" with campfire on the beach and lots of fun and socializing began to develop the nightlife. Only six years ago, when the local restaurants also opened their doors in the evenings, the parties and live concerts that have not yet ceased.
Now there are many accommodation options for all travelers, the quality of services has improved and adapted to the international market through places like La Guitarra, D'Rocas, and the legendary restaurant La Bocana and Erika. The variety in the offered gastronomy is unrivaled nationwide. Nowadays, restaurants offer high-quality international cuisine and in the bars beach parties with live music are offered by local and international musicians.
The variety of accommodation ranges from dormitories to hostels to three and four-star hotels with international standards. Through this diversity of different visitors and tourists who visit El Tunco every week, the unique atmosphere of this place arises. The development of El Tunco is a reflection for other beaches and communities in the area that need this development and to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants and to create and promote jobs and education.
TORTUGA SURF LODGE
Direct at the beach, this small surfcamp has six rooms, swimmingpool wifi access and standard rates for couples or small families.
SURF HOUSE QI-X
Hostal for budget travelers with basic rooms with shared bathrooms, swimmingpool and big gardens, internet access and lower rates,
BOCA OLAS LUXURY RESORT
First class accommodations with suites totally equipped with the best confort in the village, all the suites equipped with cable tv, A/C, safe box, fridge, coffee machine, queen or king size beds.