Decameron Beach Resort

 By Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I was able to visit the Decameron Beach Resort during my recovery. The resort grounds are beautiful, clean and will kept. The pools are very nice. The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable with a nice view. They have the main restaurant, the ChackBalam Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, buffet style. The food is mostly the local Salvadoran cuisine. The food here is fair but not great, if you are not there early in the meal, it gets pretty picked over. They also have five specialty restaurants but you have to be in the lobby by 6am to sign up for the dinner meal and they book up very fast. We did not get to dine at any of these because we did not understand that we had to sign up by 6am to do this. There are four bars on the beach and one disco bar. The bars on the beach serve drinks, beer and mixed drinks from about 11am to 2am. The beer is Pilsener, which is one of the local brands, I like it, but a lot of people do not. The drinks are made with off brand lacquer, but again they are not bad for the most part..I would advise you to bring your own insulated cup because they serve you in very small plastic cups. I should mention that Decameron is all inclusive so all food and drinks are included in the price.

We enjoyed our stay there, but the draw backs were the check in, which took over an hour, the food was fair but could have been a lot better, and they did not inform us that we had to sign up by 6am for the five specialty restaurants. The pluses were the rooms were clean and comfortable, the grounds are will kept and beautiful, the pools are really big ad very nice. The service was really good, and it is all inclusive. We plan to go back for another visit to give it a fair chance, but at this point, we have visited other places here that we like much better.

The location is Acajutla, Sonsonate – El Salvador, this is about an hours drive our home in Cara Sucia..

We have added some pictures that we took at the resort, I was still recovering from my surgery so I did not get all the pictures I would have liked to.

We hope you enjoy this post, it is my first since my surgery. I hope to be writing more very soon.

We always enjoy your comments and suggestions, so please let us hear from you. We also want to think all of our readers and followers for your support.

I Am Back

 By: Hugh C. Talley

I am glad to say that my doctor has released me back to a normal life style. I went through a series of test week before last which included, x-rays, blood test and an electrocardiogram, everything come back normal, my heart is back to normal size, is functioning normal and the swelling in my abdomen, legs and feet has gone away. My doctor says I am doing fine and I do not have to go back for 3 months unless I have problems.

I plan on getting back to my blog posting soon. I am looking at maybe making some changes to my site in the near future, I am weighing my options on this and will keep you posted.

I want to thank all of my followers who wished me good health and recovery, this really meant a lot to me.

I have added some pictures of my time in the hospital and recovery. The hospital was very bad, but the doctors were very good, in fact great, I do not think there are any better in the world. I can not say enough about my main doctor, Dr. Mauricio Ventura Centeno, God truly blessed him with great knowledge and skills, I would highly recommend him to anyone with heart problems.

I will be doing a blog post very soon. Elizabeth and I thank you all and God Bless.

My blog Update

I want to say that I am sorry that I have not been posting on our blog.
I have been very sick and now I am going to have an operation. I have a condition called constrictive pericarditis, the protective sac around my heart has calcified and is not letting my heart perform as it should to supply blood and oxygen to my body, my legs, feet and abdomen have swollen up and now I have fluid in my lungs. I have been going to hospital for treatment and test since March, my Cardiologist told me yesterday I would have to have the operation right away or I could have a heart attack any time. They will have to go in and remove the sac from around my heart without damaging the heart. The doctors say after this if it is successful I will feel like new, I will be able to jog, walk long distance and all the things I have lost over the last 5 years, I can not walk to the car without being out of breath. I will be going in the hospital Monday morning, doing test and prep on Tuesday and they are going to operate on Wednesday.

I would appreciate any prayers that my followers would like to offer for me. Thank you.

I hope to be able to write some in about one to two months, I do not know how long before I can get out and travel around the country.

I hope I can be back at this very soon. Thanks for the support.


El Salvador’s Brewery Tour

Hugh, Coffee Plants Background By: Hugh C. Talley


It has been a while since we have posted on our blog sites, I have had some health issues but feeling better now and hope to be posting a lot more. I found this very interesting, hope our followers find it interesting and useful.

El Salvador’s Brewery Tour

Salvadorean Tours, a tour company that offers sightseeing tours in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is a very good company and a great way see some of the best sites in Central America. I think the El Salvador brewery tour is very good especially if you like beer.

El Salvador’s ‘Stop Over Project’ Adds Brewery Tour


Minister of Tourism José Napoleón Duarte, along with Cadejo General Manager, David Falkenstein, and the Marketing Manager of Salvadorean Tours have launched a new product called “Stop Over Brewing Tour” as part of the country of El Salvador’s Stop Over Project.

Stop Over was released by the Ministry of Tourism earlier this year and exempts passengers in transit through El Salvador from travel taxes in the Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to passengers in transit so they can tour the country for up to 48 hours.

The tour consists of a unique experience where tourists will visit the Cadejo Brewing Company plant, the largest craft beer plant in Central America. Visitors will get to know in detail the process of brewing and beer-making.

“The Ministry of Tourism is providing its full support to the private sector for the diversification of the country’s tourism offer. This tour is a new option for tourists who decide to make a stop in El Salvador and want to know the city and take part of a unique experience in Central America,” Duran said.

Salvadorean Tours is the company responsible for promoting the tour. Passengers who opt for the Stop Over Brewing Tour will be transferred from the Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to the Cadejo Brewery plant and vice versa. The approximate price of the tour will be around $75, including the round-trip transportation.

Salvadorean Tours recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an award that recognizes excellence in hospitality and is granted only to businesses that have consistently earned good reviews from TripAdvisor travelers by continuously providing superior service to its customers.

“The launch of this new Stop Over Brewing Tour reinforces our commitment of constantly innovating our tourism services in El Salvador. This new tour is an excellent choice for travelers in transit who want a unique experience in Central America while traveling throughout the region,” said Rodrigo Moreno, marketing manager of Salvadorean Tours.

The tour is available every day of the week and is conducted by experts in the field. It must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

This great new experience can be booked exclusively on Salvadorean Tours website:

We hope you find this information helpful and interesting. Please leave us comments and suggestions so that we get the information you want.

Cost of living in and around Cara Sucia, El Salvador

DSCN3334By: Hugh C. Talley

We were ask to write a report on living in Cara Sucia and El Salvador in general for another blog site, so we wanted to share this with our followers and readers.

Cost of living in and around Cara Sucia, El Salvador

My name is Hugh Talley, my wife Elizabeth and I retired here in 2011. Elizabeth is from El Salvador but spent many years in the United States. We started visiting El Salvador in 2004, Elizabeth and I would come for 2-3 week visits a couple of times a year. We decided this is where we wanted to retire, I like the warm weather and the beach, Elizabeth’s family is here so it works for us. I spent 14 years in the U.S. Army and traveled the world, when I got out of the Army; I still managed to travel to many countries. I love to travel so it was very easy for me to relocate to El Salvador even though I still have problems with speaking Spanish, but Elizabeth and many friends help get me through that.

I stay busy with writing, I have two blog sites, our home site that I started in 2012 (, which we use to tell about our life, travels and adventures around El Salvador and our travel site that we just launched in January ( that we set up to help people that are interested in visiting or relocating to El Salvador.

The procedures for a U.S. citizen to move here is not very hard if they are married to a Salvadoran but it is more complicated if they are not, like I said Elizabeth is Salvadoran, so it was not to difficult for me, I received my temporary resident card in about 4 months and I was approved and received my permanent resident card in 2012, which is good for 5 years, at that time I can renew it or apply for citizenship here. I did use a lawyer and I paid about $1200.00 for the service.

Elizabeth and I decided to live in Cara Sucia because this is where her family live. Cara Sucia is close to the beach and the mountains, it is about 2 hours from San Salvador, so it works for us. Cara Sucia is much cheaper then San Salvador to rent or build a home, you can find places to rent for $80.00 – up depending on what you want, you can build a nice American style home, appx. 3000 sq.ft. for under $80,000.00, this is all concrete and brick, no sheet rock; cost in the states would be about $600,000+. This is not counting the cost of the land. Where we live we have our own well so there is no water cost. Electric is about 0.21 KWh. If you have a large home with air condition and live American style, you will pay $150.00 to $225.00 per month. Gas for cooking is about $10.00 per tank. Gas for your car is $2.57 per gallon right now but as you know this goes with the world market and it usually cost a little more here than in the States.

The cost of food here averages out close to the cost in the states, your fresh fruits and vegetables are much cheaper here if you buy them at the open market. American food products cost about the same as in the states and you have to go to stores like Super Selectos, Wal-Mart or PriceSmart (a store like Sam’s Club) to get them. We usually go to San Salvador to Wal-Mart and PriceSmart once a month and buy the rest local, our food bill usually is around $400.00 a month.

Eating out here is about the same as in the U.S., fast food places like Wendy’s, Burger king and Pizza Hut is just about the same menu and price as the states, if you go to a really nice restaurant for a steak dinner it will cost you about $50.00 – $60.00 for two people. You can go to the local beach and have a nice fish dinner for about $8.00. There are a lot of nice eating places here from the local foods up to the fine dining.

There are many things to do and see here in El Salvador, we have some of the best beaches in the world, there is swimming, surfing, fishing and sailing to name a few. If you like history, there are museums, pyramids and many ruins to see. There is the Route of the Flowers which take you up into the mountains from Sonsonate, through villages specializing in arts and crafts. There are so many things to do and see in El Salvador that it is hard to name them all.

We love El Salvador and plan on staying here indefinitely, I miss some of our family that is in the U.S. but I do not miss the states that much.

We hope this helps people to understand El Salvador and we hope they will come for a visit and see this beautiful country and what it has to offer. Please contact us if you need assistance with tours, finding a nice hotel or any other details you may need help with for your visit, our prices are very reasonable and we want your visit to El Salvador to be a great one. We have attached some pictures of our home and our travels around El Salvador.

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InterNations El Salvador

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InterNations is an online community for people who live and work abroad, they are in more than 300 countries around the world. InterNations members are able to meet and interact with other expats living abroad with comparable interests and needs. In El Salvador they usually meet once a month in or around San Salvador for dinner and a sort of meet and greet opportunity. I think this is a very good organization and a great resource for anyone thinking about visiting, working, or living abroad, basic membership is free so it is really worthwhile to join. I am a member of the group in San Salvador; I joined about three years ago.

My friend Adonay and I attended the first get-together for this year on Wednesday night, it was held at BacaDel Obo Restaurant in San Salvador, it was a great turn out and we met a lot of nice people from El Salvador and from around the world. The food was very good, Adonay had the fish and shrimp platter and I had the calamari and a salad.

I again would like to highly recommend to anyone interested in visiting or living abroad to join InterNations, it is a great group and the basic membership is free.

We have attached some pictures from our get-together, please leave comments and or questions, Elizabeth and I always enjoy hearing from you.

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Paradise Travel El Salvador: Our Vision

DSCN3333By: Hugh C. Talley

We are up and running with our new site,, we are still working on and changing things as we go along to make it a better site, so please bear with us until we get everything in order.
Elizabeth and I come up with the idea for this site because we were getting so much feedback on our home site, from people that were interested in El Salvador, we started our home site in August of 2012 and now we have followers from 72 countries and our blog post are posted on several of the travel sites on the web, we have had many questions about life in El Salvador. There are many people who would like to visit El Salvador but they have no family, friends or contacts here and many do not speak Spanish so they do not know where to begin to find help that they can trust. We can help with locating a nice hotel, organizing custom tours, sports fishing and surfing lessons to name a few.
There are also many people that are interested in relocating here for retirement, a seasonal home, work or investment. These clients would need honest professionals, Real Estate agents, Lawyers, Doctors and Banks to name a few, and we are here to help with that.
Elizabeth is from El Salvador, I started visiting El Salvador in 2004, we used to visit here 2-3 times a year and in 2011 we retired here. We built our home here, I am a permanent resident of El Salvador and we have gone through the process to establish our life here, we love El Salvador and we look forward to helping people that want to visit and explore what this beautiful country has to offer. This is our vision of what we would like to accomplish with this site.
In our future post to this site we will be talking about the many activities and sites there are to explore in El Salvador. Please sign up for our site with your email address so that you do not miss any new post. Please leave us comments and or questions that you may have.

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Paradise Travel:

DSCN3333By Hugh C. Talley

Welcome to Paradise Travel. My name is Hugh Talley, I retired to El Salvador with my wife Elizabeth, (Elizabeth is from El Salvador) in October of 2011. In August of 2012 we started our blog site,, we have had many inquiries about El Salvador, so we decided to create this site. In our first post we would like to explain what our goals are and the services that we offer.
Elizabeth and my goal is to help people that are interested in visiting, relocating or retirement in El Salvador. We want to provide an honest and helpful service at fair and reasonable prices. We want to make sure that visitors deal with honest, reliable agents for their needs such as Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Guides, Real Estate, Medical, Legal or whatever their needs may be. Elizabeth or I will personally visit and evaluate the business or person before we recommend them.
We can help people interested in visiting El Salvador by finding them the right accommodations, you can tell us what you are looking for in a hotel, such as the location, price, and other amenities, for instance we will find a hotel, talk to the management and staff, take pictures of the rooms, send this information to them with the cost by email. We can arrange tours designed for them by what they are interested in, such as historical sites, arts and crafts, surfing or water sports or a combination of things. There is so much to do and see in El Salvador that it is good to have a plan and have an idea of the cost when you arrive, this way you can experience so much more on your on your visit.
If there is an interest in renting or buying a home or property in El Salvador, we can locate an honest and reliable Real Estate Firm. Most business and professional services have English speaking agents.
We hope that this gives you an idea of our services. We can help with most needs just give us a call or send us an email and let us know what you need help with.
Phone: Internet: 713-239-3015 Cell: (503) 7832-4028 (El Salvador)