Welcome to La Costa del Bálsamo
Playa El Tunco really parties hard on weekends, but press on a few clicks away from the city, circle down like an eagle and you'll soon have the glistening ocean, awash with turtles, dolphins and huge leaping fish, all to yourself. Playa El Zonte is the best place to learn surfing or rent a fisher's boat for the morning.
The region takes its name from the valuable aromatic oil extracted here by burning the bark of live balsam trees. Today only a handful of trees remain and cotton has become the main cash crop.