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* Use only licensed taxis or rent a car. Most major hotels have taxis that they have approved as safe and legitimate. If unsure about a taxi, call your hotel and they can generally have a safe taxi dispatched to your location.   
 
* Use only licensed taxis or rent a car. Most major hotels have taxis that they have approved as safe and legitimate. If unsure about a taxi, call your hotel and they can generally have a safe taxi dispatched to your location.   
 
* When using the public buses, keep your valuables out of sight and don't wear expensive looking jewelry.  
 
* When using the public buses, keep your valuables out of sight and don't wear expensive looking jewelry.  
* Thefts in El Salvador are rare and usually go one of two ways - they will break into your car while you are gone, in which case, you should always try to park in a lot with a parking attendant.  Secondly, you may be approached on the street or on the bus (more common) and asked to hand over your phone and/or valuables.  In this case, it's best to do what they ask and almost always, they walk away after getting what they want.
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* Thefts in El Salvador are rare and usually go one of two ways - they will break into your car while you are gone, in which case, you should always try to park in a lot with a parking attendant.  Secondly, you may be approached on the street or on the bus (more common) and asked to hand over your phone and/or valuables.  In this case, it's best to do what they ask and almost always, they walk away after getting what they want.  
* As a woman, dress conservatively.  Short dresses and skirts are mostly for clubs.  Spaghetti strap tank tops, short shorts, and bikinis are for the beaches.  In a machismo society such as El Salvador, you don't have the same "equality" as men do and revealing clothing speaks volumes about how men should treat you.
 
*As a man, be aware of women that you approach.  Often women in bars are with a man, and are, for lack of a better word, "theirs".  If you you think they are together, do not try to flirt with the woman - it will sometimes start a fight.  If you don't think they are together, it is polite and appropriate to ask the man if he minds you flirting with his companion.  It is usually not ok to show up to a salsa club without a date, generally speaking, most men will not want to "share" their dance partner. 
 
  
 
Salvadorans consider malls, major stores and museums to be the safest places to spend time in the city.  Often, wealthy Salvadorans will not go anywhere not surrounded by a high wall, barbed wire and an armed security guard. Foreign tourists are afforded a little more safety as the gang members do not know their private history, family name and how much money they have, and therefore should be relatively safe when using common sense while walking around the city and talking to people.
 
Salvadorans consider malls, major stores and museums to be the safest places to spend time in the city.  Often, wealthy Salvadorans will not go anywhere not surrounded by a high wall, barbed wire and an armed security guard. Foreign tourists are afforded a little more safety as the gang members do not know their private history, family name and how much money they have, and therefore should be relatively safe when using common sense while walking around the city and talking to people.

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