El Cuco is a quintessential beach with dark sands, lined with vendor huts, seafood restaurants and shaggy palms in El Salvador.
The Pan-American highway travels through El Salvador and is a safe route for entering the country and traveling between San Miguel in the East and San Salvador in the West
From San Miguel bus terminal, look for the signs of bus destinations and find El Cuco (April 2016: as you enter the station, buses to El Cuco are to the right). Buses leave regularly and take 2 hours. Cost is $1. You can also get a $30 taxi, or some hotels offer a shuttle service from San Miguel to Playa El Esteron via El Cuco. Note: if you arrive in San Miguel from any of the long-distance bus services, you will be dropped off somewhere else in the city and need to take a bus to "Terminal," which costs 20 cents US$. Many buses are going that direction, so just ask.
There are shuttles from El Tunco, San Salvador and Léon in Nicaragua ($45). There is also an extremely expensive boat from Potosí in Nicaragua to La Union ($75) from where you can take a short chicken bus or taxi to El Cuco.
From El Tunco/La Libertad you can take chicken buses, either down the coast via Usulutan or back via San Salvador and San Miguel.
It's important to note that there are NO supermarkets or ATMs within 30km of El Cuco. You should plan to take all cash and groceries you will need for your stay. There is a small market selling essentials, but anything else will require driving, taking the bus, or hiring a taxi to San Miguel for using the ATM or going to the supermarket. A shared taxi will cost $30-40 for the round-trip run. The fancier resorts do accept credit cards, though.
Many restaurants in town with fresh seafood, and another on Playa Intipuca near the rivermouth.
Intipuca Beach is home to the first microbrewery in El Salvador and offers an array of hand-craft beers by the beach. You can also find several bars and liquor stores in El Cuco or for party-nightlife you can head to Ave. Roosevelt in San Miguel which has numerous bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning and is also hosts to the biggest carnival in Central America in November.
La Tortuga Verde Hostel & Resort - Intipuca Beach / Playa El Esteron 
see San Miguel