A few years back we were waiting out a hurricane that was barreling toward the Pacific coast of El Salvador. And though things were looking scary there for a couple days, it didn't keep us from heading to the coast to check out Playa el Cuco. (Luckily, the storm more or less blew itself out.)
We spent a day in Cuco on the massive beach, pretty much all alone thanks to the weather. And though there weren't any cabana boys spritzing us with Evian, we had a great time on the strand. Surfing is big in Cuco, and you'll likely meet at least a few surferos over frosty beers in town. Besides talking about the surf, there isn't much else to do in town, but trust us, you won't mind.
To get there, you can either drive--probably easiest--or take a bus from San Miguel, about 90 minutes north of the Pacific. If you can't find a simple guesthouse--or convince a drunken expat to put you up for the night--you might check out Las Flores Surf Club for some splashy accommodations. One last tip: If the waves are double overhead (like usual) and you don't know what that means, leave those waves to the pros!
[Photo: mario pleitez]