10 Things to do, Eat and Experience in El Zonte (aka Bitcoin Beach)


10 Things to do, Eat and Experience in El Zonte (aka Bitcoin Beach)

By now, if you are interested in El Salvador, you have probably heard of our surfing paradise, better known as El Zonte, or Bitcoin Beach. Here are 10 things you must do once you get here.

1. Meet-up with Rivas for a tour

Rivas as the community knows him, is founder of El Zonte S-cool — an English and Spanish speaking tour guide with more than 10 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge about the history of the country. He will take your experience to a whole other level. Some of his tours include: a moto tour on the coast of El Salvador, a coffee tour (a must-do!), Cascadas de Tamanique Tour, and a few other unforgettable experiences that will give you an idea of everything El Salvador has to offer. You can contact him here.


Image via El Zonte S-cool

2. Watch the sunset over ceviche and a Pilsner at Olas Permanentes

Olas Permanentes is a popular hotel, restaurant, and lodge with a beautiful, beachfront location directly in front of El Zonte’s left surf break. We recommend heading there for sunset on the horizon — enjoy a ceviche and a Pilsner, the local beer of choice, while you are there! 


Image via Olas Permanentes

3. Lunch at Olor De Mar, best view of El Zonte’s right surf break, ‘The Point’

Sit down and make yourself comfortable at Olor de Mar in El Zonte — you’ll have a front row view of one of the most popular surf breaks in El Salvador. The food is great (from the fish to the steak to the chicken sandwich!) — it’s one of the more ‘fine dining’ experiences in El Zonte, but we still often show up shoeless :).


Image via Olor de Mar

4. Breakfast at Tecos, the best Tipico in town

Teco’s is probably one of the first and oldest restaurants in El Zonte. It is located right of the surf break. on the point. Super casual, local, but delicious — an iconic spot in El Zonte. You must have breakfast here — $2.50 for the best Tipico you’ll find in town — with fresh casamiento, queso fresco, fried platanos and eggs. We always get a licuado too — natural mango and banana. Delish!


5. Surfing lessons at Esencia Nativa

If you came to Surf City…. well you have to try and surf! We’ve got the spot for you: take a surf lesson at Esencia Nativa hotel with their Surfero Surf Camp school. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced surfer; Alex, Nette and the team will gladly help you.


Image via Esencia Nativa

6. Participate in Surf Para Todos

Surf Para Todos is an empowering local surf program that promotes kids empowerment through spirituality and sport. Their weekly program happens in El Zonte on Saturdays at 9am at the beach. It’s a great time to get involved in the local community.


Image via Surf Para Todos

7. Use Your Bitcoin!

Of course, this is a must do! A few places that accept Bitcoin payments: Covana Kitchen at Puro Surf, Nan Tal Restaurante at Palo Verde, Canegüe Cafe and many of the local tiendas and more. We also recommend you download the Blink wallet which makes payments easy.


Image via Nan Tal

8. A Yoga session with Zonte Yoga

If you are looking to relax and unwind, try a yoga session with Zonte Yoga. She usually teaches at Garden Zonte and a few other locations. Find out the locations and schedule here.


Image via Zonte Yoga

9. Your choice of other activities

Here are other activity suggestions: salsa with SalZonte, Silks classes at Michanti, happy hour at Looking Good Hotel and more.


Image via Michanti

10. Take a Real Estate Tour

And last but not least, take a real estate tour with yours truly! Email us hello@goodlifeelsalvador.com for more information.

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