Pool at Hostal Los Almendros

Surf’s Up at Hostal Los Almendros in El Sunzal!

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To surf or not to surf, that’s the question… either way, you’ll love the chilled atmosphere at Hostal Los Almendros – find out why it’s easily the best spot on the Pacific Coast.

Hostal Los Almendros is the perfect base for exploring the Western Pacific coast, one of the top destinations in EL Salvador.

It’s located right on El Sunzal beach, 50m away from some of the best point breaks in the world.

From the moment you check-in with Roberto, Gustavo or one of the other friendly staff on arrival, you know you’ll be in good hands 🙂

Let us here at DIY Travel HQ show you around!

Hostal Los Almendros

Introducing Hostal Los Almendros in El Sunzal!

Rooms at Hostal Los Almendros

There are 8 private rooms available at Hostal Los Almendros.

Each one can sleep up to 3 people, with one double bed & one single bed.

The rooms are spacious and include a side table and portable clothes hanger & basket unit.

There’s a lamp that emits a cozy yellow glow as well as a large, powerful fan.

Some rooms have air-conditioning.

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Room Hostal Los Almendros

Spacious & cozy rooms at Hostal Los Almendros

The décor is simple with crisp white sheets, blue patterned curtains & one or two paintings on the walls.

The rustic, clay tiles complete the casual surf-chic character of the room.

If you’re a surfer, try to get one of the oceanfront rooms – that way, if you’re planning on going out for a early morning dawn session, you can check out the surf from your window to see if it’s worth heading out for.

Bathroom at Hostal Los Almendros

All rooms have private bathrooms

Common Areas at Hostal Los Almendros

There are sweeping views of the El Sunzal point break from the 2nd floor of Hostal Los Almendros.

Look out to the ocean from the balcony or from one of the comfy sofas.

Life is easy & breezy up here, with a hammock, chairs, table, benches & even a day bed.

It’s the perfect spot to chat, relax, read, surf the net or nap – this slow pace of life is addictive & somehow, time passes fast….

We loved hanging out here – the sight & sound of the ocean literally at your doorstep is our kind of bliss.

Hostal Los Almendros balcony

Chill out on the balcony with fantastic views of El Sunzal point break

Restaurant & Kitchen at Hostal Los Almendros

If you want to spend all day surfing or chilling, you can leave your cooking to the experts.

Hostal Los Almendros offers a menu for breakfast, lunch & dinner and the owner Roberto has a reputation as a mean cook.

Only the freshest ingredient are used, some from their own backyard.

Meals include:

  • Breakfast: $3.00 – $5.00
  • Thai food: $10.00
  • Pasta: $10.00
  • Taco (Wednesday only): $8.00
  • Personal Pizza: $3.00

We recommend trying the Thai food, which include Phad Thai noodles & curries.

And it’s always Happy Hour, beers are just $1.25.

Hostal Los Almendros restaurant

Restaurant & dining area at Hostal Los Almendros

If you prefer to cook for yourself, you’re welcome to use the kitchen & fridge too.

There are a couple of separate stove tops as well as all the utensils & crockery you might need.

Head to La Libertad to pick up fresh groceries from the market (there’s also a Despensa Supermarket) & fresh seafood at the awesome fish market.

Kitchen at Hostal Los Almendros

Cook your own meals at the hostel kitchen

Pool & Sunset at Hostel Los Almendros

The pool at Hostal Los Almendros is EVERYTHING!

There’s got to be no better spot on the Pacific coast in El Salvador, but it’s also got everything you need.

Apart from the beautiful pool, there are sun loungers under beach umbrellas on the wooden deck, as well as a hammock hanging across palm trees over the water!

There’s also a picnic table & a shower for rinsing off before jumping in.

Beachfront pool at Hostal Los Almendros

The beachfront pool is amazing!

The pool itself is amazing.

The water temperature is perfect, it was always so warm.

The best time of the day is pool time at sunset.

We stayed at Hostal Los Almendros for 3 nights & it was stunning & different each night, some of the best sunsets we’ve seen anywhere.

Sunset from hostel pool

Watch stunning sunsets every evening from the pool

Other features of Hostal Los Almendros

Apart from the rooms, kitchen, restaurant, swimming pool, oceanfront views, hammocks & common areas, here are more features you’ll find at Hostal Los Almendros:

  • Pet friendly – bring your pets to keep the resident dogs company!
  • Strong wifi in all areas, including the pool
  • Surfboard rentals
  • Surf lessons
  • Organised surf & cultural tours
Rent surfboards at Hostal Los Almendros

Surfboard rentals & lessons are available at Hostal Los Almendros

Surfing at El Sunzal

Hostal Los Almendros is located in front of El Sunzal point break, one of the best surf spots in El Salvador, a country which is often ranked in the top 10 surfing destinations in the world.

There are seemingly waves every day at El Sunzal, with cutback shoulders & fun walls.

The world-class waves are consistent but under the right conditions, the swells can be downright epic.

Hostal Los Almendros offers surfboard rentals for $10.00 a day.

They can also arrange surfing lessons to suit your level.

El Sunzal point break

Can you see all the surfers out there? El Sunzal point break is a popular spot

El Sunzal Beach

If you’re not surfers like us, there’s also a small beach at El Sunzal, a 5 minute walk from Hostal Los Almendros.

This is a great spot, as much of the coast is lined with rocks & pebbles.

Here, you can easily swim out into the warm Pacific ocean & lay out on the black sand beach.

The rocky sea bed is home to lobsters, oysters & other crustaceans, so it’s a great spot for birdwatching – you’ll see local fishermen around day & night.

Shallow scuba-diving & snorkeling may be possible too so you may want to pack your own Cressi snorkel set.

El Sunzal beach

El Sunzal beach is just a 5 minute walk from Hostal Los Almendros

Location of Hostal Los Almendros

Hostal Los Almendros is located at El Sunzal – it’s a tiny, quiet village but you can find a couple of comedors on the main road.

For a more livelier scene, El Tunco is just a short walk away – here, you’ll find many tourist-friendly cafes, bars & restaurants, though the nightlife is also popular with locals on the weekend.

To read about Adventurous Kate’s visit, click here.

While you’re on the coast, check out the bustling port town of La Libertad.

Soak in the atmosphere of the fantastic fish market on the pier, have a drink or meal at one of the waterfront restaurants & check out the world-famous Punta Roca surf break.

Yoga at El Sunzal beach

Practice yoga at El Sunzal or anywhere along the coast

Beach lovers can choose from the black volcanic sands of Playa El Sunzal, Playa El Zonte & Playa San Diego.

Buses run regularly up & down the coast from El Sunzal, with most rides costing 25 cents.

Hostal Los Almendros is the perfect place for a beach getaway or surf retreat – it’s relaxed & low-key but still close to all the action.

We couldn’t have asked for a better base from which to explore the Western Pacific coast of El Salvador.

Hostal Los Almendros pool

Happiness is hammock hangs over the beachfront pool! We loved our stay at Hostal Los Almendros!

Know Before You Go

Address: Km. 44 1/2, Carretera Litoral, Playa El Sunzal, La Libertad, El Salvador

Price: Single $25.00, Double $35.00, Triple $45.00. Air-con room is $50.00

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El Sunzal beach Hostal Los Almendros

We miss this view from the balcony!

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To surf or not to surf, that’s the question… either way, you’ll love the chilled atmosphere & amazing pool at Hostal Los Almendros. It’s the perfect base for exploring the Western Pacific coast in El Salvador, including the port town of La Libertad & the nightlife of El Tunco. Hostal Los Almendros is located right on El Sunzal beach, 50m away from some of the best point breaks in the world - – find out why it’s easily the best spot on the Pacific Coast!

*** The Final Word – For the amazing pool, sunsets, chilled vibes, cheap beers & location, Hostal Los Almendros is the #1 spot on the Pacific Coast in El Salvador! *** 

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Visited in October 2016


  1. This looks amazing. We have always wanted to learn how to surf. This sounds like a great place to do so. 🙂

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      The whole coast around El Sunzal offers opportunities for surfers of all levels, but most importantly killer waves for experts. If you go, just ask around for beginner waves, or better yet…take an intro class.

  2. AH! This is something that I’ve been looking for! I’ve always felt that it’s really hard to plan a trip to Central or South America simply because there are areas that could be unsafe (I’m not usually a skeptic but I’ve had some people tell me about some of their experiences lately). This place looks like it has everything that you’d need for your stay. Also like that it’s pet friendly as we love to bring our pup with us when we travel if we can, although I’m not sure how that works when traveling to other countries. If not, you still sold me on cheap beer!

  3. This place looks like heaven!
    Good waves, vibes and all around fun.
    I once surfed in Ericeira and it wasnt the best experience. I think its time to rethink it and try surfing once again.
    Thanks for that

    Hope to see you soon in my country,

  4. While my attempts at surfing have always been depressingly humiliating, I was fortunate enough to visit El Salvador with some surfing friends and they assured my it was some of the best they’d experienced in Central America. To be honest though, I’d much prefer to be chilling out in that hammock or relaxing on the beach. Looks like a stunning part of the world

  5. Looks like a great place to stay! Especially those views, wow!!!! I wish I could surf, but I guess I can’t say I’ve ever tried. Did you feel safe in El Salvador? It’s funny that they have Thai food!

  6. You can’t beat the location and amenities for a hostel so close to the surf. It looks like you get a lot for the money.

  7. Looks like a simple, perfect getaway place. Can’t beat the views for sure! The photos are great and really give one an idea of what to expect. I enjoyed hearing about this special affordable place.

  8. Nice!! It is simple but cosy! I love the mix of colors and the view!!!! The setting is perfect!

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