Why go to Acajutla?
Acajutla will give you access to some of El Salvador's biggest draws, like Mayan ruins and coffee plantations
There's no town within easy reach of the port, so you'll probably need to book an organized tour
Tourism is relatively new to this area, but there's plenty to experience around Acajutla
Acajutla Cruise Port Facilities?
The Acajutla port is an industrial port; cruise passengers are not permitted to walk beyond the length of the ship. A courtesy shuttle is provided to take passengers to the nearby Acajutla beach, as well as a small craft market and playground. The craft market -- which consists of local vendors selling a variety of handmade craft items like sandals and jewelry mixed in with T-shirts, shot glasses and more -- is usually open for several hours after the ship first arrives. Passengers hoping to hit the market after a morning tour might be disappointed to find most sellers have already departed by the time the tours get back. Refreshments including ice cream, cold drinks and pupusa (soft, thick corn tortillas filled with cheese and other ingredients) are sold at the craft market.
Good to Know?
You'll notice a lot of armed policemen at the beach and the craft market. Their presence does not necessarily indicate tourists are in danger, though as with anywhere keep an eye on your belongings and don't wear any flashy jewelry. The increased police presence is more the result of a need for jobs for soldiers previously engaged in the country's civil war than safety issues for visitors.
Cruise passengers have only two choices for getting around in Acajutla: the courtesy shuttle or a taxi. Taxis are affordably priced and safe to use, but don't expect your driver to speak any English. If you take a taxi somewhere, either to a nearby restaurant or a local attraction, you'll want to prearrange for the driver to wait for you, as getting a taxi outside of the port can be tricky.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The official currency in El Salvador is the U.S. dollar. There are no ATMS anywhere near the port, so you'll need to use the ATM onboard your ship before getting off.
The official language of El Salvador is Spanish. Few people speak English, including taxi drivers.