Some towns with nice residential areas in El Salvador include Santa Ana, Suchitoto, Juayua, Ataco and La Palma, and the villages along Ruta de Las Flores, notes Lonely Planet. Within the capital city of San Salvador, the residential areas of San Benito, Zona Rosa and Colonia Escalon are among the safest and nicest, notes the Financial Times.
El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and the most densely populated. The country is noted for its beautiful scenery and friendly population, but has experienced an increasing crime rate since the civil war of the 1980s. As of 2015, El Salvador has some of the worst drug-related crimes on the American continent, notes The Financial Times.
Several towns outside the capital have nice residential areas suitable for visiting and living. Santa Ana has a university town atmosphere, with a lively nightlife scene. La Palma is a mountain village filled with colorful murals. Suchitoto is a colonial town located near San Salvador. It is known for its weekend arts festival while the town of Juayua is known for its weekend food fairs and live music.
In the city of San Salvador, the residential areas of San Benito and Colonia Escalon are considered upmarket areas that provide the space and security desired by the middle and upper class. The area of Zona Rosa includes more restaurants and nightlife.