Since San Salvador is yet another Central American capital city that doesn’t seem to excite travelers, most cultural tourists to El Salvador head to Santa Ana instead. This is the country’s second city in most ways, but it leads the pack for tourism. Santa Ana offers a wide variety of nearby natural sights as well as an interesting colonial heart and quite a bit of history.

Hotel and hostel prices in Santa Ana are quite cheap, which is typical of this under-touristed part of Central America. The quality isn’t always great, but at least you can find a room or bed in any budget if you are the adventurous type.

Food, drinks, and the local attractions are also pleasantly cheap. This whole country needs an image upgrade because those that come tend to love it, even if most people stay away.

Santa Ana prices


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Santa Ana facts

Population 245,000
Metro area 290,000
Time zone UTC-6
Currency US dollar
Airports El Salvador International Airport (SAL)

Santa Ana hotel prices

Rating Price (USD)
17.00 - 46.00
11.00 - 53.00
35.00 - 77.00
57.00 - 98.00

Hotel seasons


As with most places, hotel seasons in Santa Ana closely follow the weather, meaning that good weather brings in more tourists and thus raises the nightly rates. Generally speaking, the hotel high season runs from November to May. You’ll also find that hotel rates are higher during certain holidays, like Christmas week and Easter.

If you plan on visiting during the high season, you’ll want to book your rooms before arrival. During the off season it’s not as important to book your rooms early, but if you’re eyeing a certain room, then you’ll want to go ahead and do just that.

Santa Ana hostel prices

Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
8.50 - 11.50

Santa Ana attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Teatro de Santa Ana A great choice for those who love architecture, this short walk presents a building built between 1902 and 1910. Sometimes shows are also held here. Guided tours 1.50
Shows 3.00
Museo Regional de Occidente Open Tuesday through Saturday, this two-story museum showcases coins and bills from what used to be El Salvador's currency before it switched over to American currency. Foreigners 3.00
Parque Ecologico San Lorenzo A very small zoological garden that's home to Spider Monkeys. You'll also find ponds and swimming pools. Adults 2.00

Santa Ana transportation prices USD

Minibus from aiport to city center 65.00
Public bus ride in Santa Ana 0.20
Micro bus ride in Santa Ana 0.25
3 km taxi ride in Santa Ana 3.20 - 4.50

Santa Ana food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Some hotels include a breakfast within their nightly rate. If yours doesn't, or your not a fan of the meal presented, then your best bet is to try one of the local small eateries or cafes in town. 2.00 - 3.00
Budget lunch Lunch tends to run between 11am and 2pm. It's best to arrive at around 11am to 12pm if you can as that's when the pre-prepared food is the freshest. 3.00 - 4.50
Budget dinner For dinner, you'll want to eat at a local pupuserias. Generally you'll find Mexican tacos and burritos are a popular dinner option. 4.00 - 7.00
Beer (.33l bottle) There are lots of restaurants that offer beer with your meal. However, it is important to stay away from the Parque Colon area watering holes. 1.50 - 3.00
Beer (.33l bottle, retail) There are several different types of supermarkets in the area with the best being Super Selectos. Here you'll find a greater ranger of beers to choose from. 1.17 - 2.18

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Avg temps & precip


Best months to visit

January, February, March, December

weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

As this city is located in tropical Central America, you’ll find that there are two distinct seasons, the dry season and the wet season. The dry season is characterized with windier days and not much rain day to day. This season generally falls from November to May while the rainy season tends to dominate the months of June through October.

If traveling to the area during the rainy season, you’ll want to make sure to pack a windbreaker of some sort just in case you get stuck on the beach or a hike during a rainstorm. That being said, sometimes the rain only last a few minutes to an hour or so.

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