I often get asked for tips about travel to El Salvador. One English language website with a great deal of information is the El Salvador section at VirtualTourist.com. This site contains reports from travelers who have recently been to El Salvador and includes places to see, restaurant reviews, safety tips, photos and more.
Here is a sample of the travel journal from one traveler:
Never had I heard as many horror stories about a country as I heard about El Salvador. 'You're gonna get shot or robbed if you leave your hotel room' was the best one. Typically though, most of these warnings started off with 'I heard that,' 'my friend said,' 'I read that,' 'someone told me that.' People who haven't even been here somehow have become experts and manage to scare people into believing this garbage. Sure there are robberies and gang-related crimes, but they exist in LA, New York and Miami too and I never hear anyone telling people not to go there. No one I met in El Salvador, or spoke to on my trip that had visited El Salvador, had a single bad thing to say about the place. So people need to shut up when they don't know what they're talking about.
El Salvador was my favorite country in Central America. While I didn't see a whole lot of the country and only spent two weeks there, it just felt like the most amazing destination. Number one, the people. El Salvador is the least-visited country in Central America and the place hasn't been overrun like Guatemala or Costa Rica. The people I met were genuinely friendly and interested. Many would ask why I came to El Salvador and how I liked it. When I said it was beautiful and the people were so friendly they would get a big smile on their faces. They know how their country is perceived in the rest of the world so to see people actually come there makes them very happy. Second, the scenery. The mix of hills, lakes, cities, volcanoes, mountains and beaches in such a small area of land is incredible. Even though I spent more time and learned more in Nicaragua, El Salvador just had something special about it that made me love it. Viva El Salvador!