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The waves in El Zonte, El Salvador

I’ll admit, it’s not easy to reimmerse in reality after a trip like El Salvador. Here it is, almost the weekend, and I still haven’t unpacked. I’ve been home a week, and all I could manage so far was laundry… because I was running out of underwear. What few things I did start to put away from my suitcase were dusted with the beautiful black sand from our beach, and that would send me off on a daydream about the waves, the food, and the people of that country.

While I sort through the pictures from my far-too-short seven days in El Salvador, here’s a peek from the trip.

1. The waves in front of our house… or out our backyard, depending on how you look at it. Just a hundred yards from my bedroom was this delicious right point break off a cobblestone rivermouth.

Surfing with my girlfriends

2. Surfing with my girlfriends in 85°F water. For the next few months I will probably boycott surfing in the frigid ocean temps of Southern California, because surfing in a bikini has me spoiled.

It's always happy hour

3. Margaritas, surfboards, palm trees, and ocean views from our house. What’s not to like in this picture?

Tidepools in front of our house

4. Stairs from our house leading down to the tidepools. At low tide, the largest pool becomes a sandy-bottom hot tub…

Favorite place to watch the sunset

5. … And that sandy-bottom hot tub was our favorite place to watch the sunset every night (with more margaritas, of course).

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    Molly
    April 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

    That place looks amazing! Sounds like a truly wonderful trip.

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    McKenzie
    April 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I’m so glad I at least read this on a Friday instead of a Monday. I think I’ll go home, take a bath and have a margarita to at least PRETEND like I’m there. So gorgeous.

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    cheri
    April 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Looks like a magical place!

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      April 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

      It was/is! A surprisingly amazing destination.

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    Kaitlyn Walsh
    April 11, 2014 at 8:22 am

    That looks so beautiful! Do you mind narrowing down the area where you stayed? I’m planning a vacation soon and I’d love to throw El Salvador into the pool of options

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      April 11, 2014 at 11:40 am

      We stayed in El Zonte, one of the beaches on the western side of the coast. It’s very dramatic and secluded with black sand, rugged cliffs, and tidepools. (Many of the other beaches are just wide expanses of sand for miles.) I highly recommend it if you prefer to stay somewhere quieter. The more touristy beach (Playa Tunco, with bars, restaurants, hotels) is just a 10-minute drive away, so it’s fun to drive into “town” for some action and then head back home to our sanctuary. What I love about this region is how it’s so purely Salvadorean; no lavish resorts and chain hotels, and hardly any (to none) English spoken. It truly feels like you’re in another country.

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        Kaitlyn Walsh
        April 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

        Sounds wonderful – I will definitely look into this!

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