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Vacation rentals in San Salvador

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Popular amenities for San Salvador vacation rentals

Stay near San Salvador's top sights

Multiplaza123 locals recommend
The Great Way113 locals recommend
Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel4 locals recommend
Monument to the Divine Savior of the World12 locals recommend
Cuscatlan Stadium14 locals recommend
Cuscatlan Park3 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in San Salvador

  • Total rentals

    2.1K properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    59K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    360 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    400 properties have a pool

Your guide to San Salvador

All About San Salvador

Located in the heart of El Salvador, San Salvador is the Central American country’s colorful, bustling capital. Its streets pulse with energy, and its creativity manifests itself in upscale galleries and street art alike. The commercial strips of Paseo General Escalón and Avenida Masferrer are lined with boutiques and cafes, some of which sell coffee grown not far away. Warrens of stalls in the bustling San Miguel Market and Mercado Central sell an enormous selection of handmade goods, local produce, and pupusas — El Salvador’s iconic street food, fat corn cakes stuffed with fillings such as cheese and pork.

If San Salvador is your base for exploring the country, not too far outside the city, you’ll find pristine black-sand beaches, dozens of active volcanoes that can be hiked when conditions are right, impressive Mayan ruins, and hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine rainforest.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in San Salvador

Temperatures in El Salvador remain quite warm year-round, with the hottest days in February, March, and April. The best time of year to rent your San Salvador apartment is from November to April, the dry season, as the country sees the most sunshine and the littlest rainfall. The rainy season occurs between May and October, when there are typically afternoon storms, but you’re still likely to see several hours of sunshine each day. Visit in spring to take part in Semana Santa, or Holy Week, celebrated the week leading up to Easter with food, festivals, and parades. The Festival of Flowers and Palms is held on the first Sunday of May in Panchimalco, a small town near San Salvador. This event welcomes the rainy season with prayers for a good harvest. Fiesta Julias happens in July in Santa Ana to celebrate the city’s patron saint.

Top things to do in San Salvador

Parque Nacional El Boquerón

Located less than an hour from San Salvador’s historic center, El Boquerón National Park rests atop San Salvador Volcano, also known as Quezaltepeque. Here you can trek through a cloud forest a mile above sea level or peer down into a crater almost a mile in circumference and one-third of a mile deep. There are trails for hikers of every skill level leading to lookout points where you can picnic with spectacular views.

Downtown San Salvador

San Salvador’s downtown, one of the most important historic zones in the country, has over 400 buildings that are more than a century old. Around the Plaza Gerardo Barrios in San Salvador are some of the most symbolic buildings in the country, such as the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the National Theater. You can also compare the 16th-century San Salvador National Cathedral to the Iglesia El Rosario, whose modern arched roof and stained-glass windows cast a rainbow across the altar.

Mayan Ruins

To the north and west of San Salvador you can visit several spectacular Mayan ruins. About 90 minutes west of San Salvador is El Tazumal; dating back to the eighth century, it is the best-preserved pre-Columbian Mayan ruin in the country. Slightly closer, Joya de Ceren, sometimes called the Pompeii of the New World, is a UNESCO World Heritage site preserved for centuries beneath layers of volcanic ash from the Loma Caldera Volcano eruption. Its citizens thrived during the Mayan Classic period (250-900 A.D.). At Cihuatan, just over an hour north of San Salvador, you can see the remains of pyramids, ball courts, palaces, and other buildings dating to the eighth or ninth centuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in San Salvador?

    San Salvador has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 77°F (25°C). It has two distinct seasons: the dry season from November to April, and the rainy season from May to October. Even in the rainy season, showers are usually short, leaving plenty of time to explore the city.

  • What are some of the best things to do in San Salvador?

    San Salvador has many activities for you to explore. You can visit the historic Catedral Metropolitana, discover local art at the Museo de Arte de El Salvador, or stroll around the vibrant Mercado Nacional de Artesanías for handmade crafts.

  • What is the best time of year to visit San Salvador?

    The most popular time to visit San Salvador is during dry season, between November to April. During this period, you can explore the city under clear skies. Local events worth checking out include the August Festival of El Salvador del Mundo, the patron saint of the city, and the Panchimalco Flower & Palm Festival in May.

  • What are the best places to stay in San Salvador?

    Popular areas to stay in San Salvador include the upscale Zona Rosa, known for its international restaurants and boutique hotels, and the vibrant Colonia Escalón, with its wide variety of accommodations. Colonia San Benito is also popular, hosting many cultural events and art exhibitions.

  • What are the best places to visit in San Salvador?

    San Salvador has many interesting places to visit. The Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Plaza Libertad, and the lush Parque Saburo Hirao are among the places that catch visitors' attention. For a stunning panoramic view of the city, visit the iconic Devil's Door (La Puerta del Diablo).

  • What are some hiking trails in San Salvador?

    For hiking enthusiasts, San Salvador has several trails to explore. The El Boquerón National Park provides a challenging hike up the San Salvador Volcano, while the San Salvador Volcano National Park offers milder trails with lush surroundings. Always ensure you're prepared and informed about the trail conditions before setting off.

  • What are some family activities to do in San Salvador?

    Families can enjoy various activities in San Salvador. Engage with nature at the Bicentennial Park, learn about science at the Museo de Ciencia y Tecnología (MUNA), or explore the ancient Mayan ruins at Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in San Salvador?

    From San Salvador, consider day trips to the charming colonial town of Suchitoto, the archaeological site at Joya de Cerén, or the stunning Coatepeque Lake, one of the largest lakes in El Salvador. For a beach day, El Tunco is a popular choice, known for its surf-friendly waves.

  • How much does it cost to stay in private suite rentals in San Salvador?

    Experience the best of San Salvador with our private suite rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in San Salvador?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,230 vacation rentals in San Salvador featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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