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El Salvador is Catholic and conservative. Public displays of same-sex affection are rare and considered somewhat shocking. There are some gay bars in San Salvador, and I even came across a group of late-night transsexuals in tiny Suchitoto, but the scene is well concealed. Gay and lesbian travelers should choose their hotels with care and be discreet in most public areas and situations. For a complete listing of gay-friendly venues, check out www.gayelsalvador.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.