The Port of Acajutla is not a large town with hundreds of tourist attractions to keep restless travelers busy. It is, however, a beautifully pleasant place with friendly people and a comfortable atmosphere. It is also an increasingly more popular seaside resort with people who want to enjoy its marvelous beaches.
Los Cabanos Beach in the Port of Acajutla is a long stretch of white sands, blue waves, and abundant reefs. Every summer, divers flock to the resort to join one of the diving tours offered from the Artisan Pier. Lasting up to five hours, the dives are from five to ten kilometers offshore in depths from 20 to 30 meters. The beach has accommodations for every budget, too, and some great seafood restaurants.
The Port of Acajutla’s Los Cabanos Beach is also popular with surfers. The exposed beach is great all year long for surfing, with waves that break both left and right. The beach can get crowded in the summer, though, so surfers need to take special care when the crowds gather.
Deep-sea and reef fishers will enjoy their stay at the Port of Acajutla as well. Chartered boats will take you to the best spots for making the catch of your life in the open seas. For those who want to go inland, the newest adventure in the Port of Acajutla is the high-flying canopy tour of the forests of Apaneca.
A trip to the Izalco Volcano is well worth the trouble. About 34 kilometers inland from the Port of Acajutla, Izalco erupted almost continually from its birth in 1770 until 1958. It had the nickname “Lighthouse of the Pacific” because mariners used its flames as a guidepost. A 1926 eruption buried the village of Matazano, killing 56 people. The volcano has not erupted since 1966, and visitors today climb to the top and peer into the now-dormant caldera.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Acajutla and El Salvador’s Pacific Coast by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for “Acajutla” on the Cruise Compete website.