When is the best time to visit?
Coastal El Salvador has two distinct seasons: the dry season and rainy season. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can visit anytime. The climate and beaches are best during the dry season which runs from late November until late April, bringing sandy beaches and dry sunny days. This is the small wave season and great for beginner and intermediate surfers. Rainfall and bigger waves start at the end of April and continue until early November, making it a great time for more advanced surfers to visit.The beach becomes rocky and the river is higher and more difficult to cross by foot during the rainy season.
Children under 5 years of age stay for free. There is a kids’ pool play area.
We are happy to arrange transport from Comalapa International Airport to PaloVerde. Please contact us for more information or to arrange a pickup.
El Zonte is small enough that walking best to get around town, but the neighboring towns are too far to go to on foot. To get to nearby towns and surf breaks, you can take the local buses which run fairly regularly during the day but are scarce after nightfall and there are no buses after 7 pm. For more information on bus travel in El Salvador, check out www.centrocoasting.com.
Taxis & Car Rental
Ask at the front desk or contact us ahead of time if you’d like to rent a car or organize a taxi. There are a few local taxi drivers who are available for single trips or for full days.
Activites & Amenities
For surf lessons, we work withSurfero’s Surf School which is run by Alex Novoa, the best surf teacher in town. They provide great one-on-one surf classes for beginners and intermediates.You can book classes or rent surfboards at our front desk.
Drop-in yoga classes are offered Monday –Friday at 8:30amatone of two hotels in town.Mondays and Friday classes are at Esencia Nativa, Tuesday through Thursday classes are at Zonset/Olas Permanentes. Ask at the front desk to book your own private or small group class.
Palo Verde is just steps from the beach and, in the dry season (late November to late April), El Zonte has plenty of beach to enjoy. You can walk east and explore the caves, or cross the river to the west and walk the longest beach in town. Here you can check out the surf at the beach break and watch the sunset over the water.
We offer an expert massage in our breezy poolside massage palapa.
Enjoy world-class coffee in our colonial mountain towns, hike perfect volcanos, explore Mayan ruins, dive into chilly freshwater lakes,or kayak through mangrove forests. Contact us for more information.
Which currency should be used?
The American Dollar is the only currency used in Salvador. Make sure to bring lots of small bills as it is sometimes difficult to make the change here at the beach. Most businesses will not accept denominations over $50.Palo Verde accepts credit cards, but most El Zonte businesses only accept cash. The closest ATM’s are in El Tunco, about 10 minutes away by car.
Hospitals and Clinics
Are there any Hospitals near Palo Verde?
Public clinics and a private hospital are located in La Libertad, 20km east of El Zonte. The city of Salvador has more public and private hospitals and clinics of all kinds.
Are pets allowed in the Hotel?
We do not allow pets in the hotel, but they are permitted in the restaurant.
Any shops nearby?
You can buy snacks, drinks and a few basics at several local “tiendas” around town. They generally open early and close around 8:00 pm. Sunscreen is available at Tienda Zontena or Esencia Nativa Hotel.
- Boutique El Taller – Bikinis, beach clothing, local honey, handmade jewelry, local art.
- El Chango surf shop – Used boards, board wax, fins, leashes
Which restaurants are near the Hotel?
There are many pupuserias and local restaurants around town, mostly on the main street and on the beach highway. They are generally open daily. For more suggestions, ask at the front desk.
- Olor de Mar – Palo Verde’s onsite restaurant.
- Esencia Nativa – Restaurant and hotel. Open daily.
- Horizonte – Restaurant and hotel.
- El Vikingo – Restaurant. Open for dinner 5-8pm. Closed Mondays.
- La Zontena – Local restaurant with pupusas, burritos, burgers, etc. Open daily.
- Olas Permanentes – Full menu. Open daily. Great place to watch the sunset.
- Nueva Costa Brava – Mediterranean fare. Open daily