Our plans for going to Guatemala we're dashed when our diver no-showed on us in Santa Ana. So for a group of four middle-aged American men not knowing what to do next--we took the advice of lonely planet guide book and headed to Barra de Santiago and the Capricho Beach House for 2 nights. Wow! What a way to end an 8 day stay in El Salvador after working on projects with local Rotary clubs. The accommodations were nice and comfortable. The service and food excellent, though a little pricey. The beach was absolutely stunning. Not a whole lot to do in the town, other than relax on the beach, swing in a hammock or take a guided tour of the beautiful lagoon. If you stay here, make sure you visit the restaurant at the edge of the lagoon. The restaurant looks like a hut out of Gilligan's Island. But the food is terrific! This was a great place to stay, though I would rather have been with my wife!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Capricho Beach House is a small hotel situated at the beach front of the peninsula Barra de Santiago. This cozy and relaxed place is made in ecological style with palm thatched roofs, rustic motifs, wooden beams and the four rooms share a cool corridor overlooking the beach. The spectacular natural surroundings frame this property with the long stretched sandy beach in front and the still waters of the estuary (lagoon) at the back side. The area is dotted with coconut palms and is frequented by different birds such as humming birds visiting the flowers in the garden. The rooms all have A/C and private bath. There is a lounge area for sun bathing, small palm thatched ranchos at the beach front, a living room and restaurant area. Our hotel offer a restaurant service from 6am to 9pm but if you want to visit other places, the village (3kms away) and the Bocana (1 kms away) are other options for meals.This is the perfect place for nature lovers as the location is conducive to enjoy the amazing wildlife in this protected natural area. Tours into the mangroves to observe birds, reptiles, crocodiles, mammals and the local fishing community´s way of life tops the list along with surf activities, observing the great ocean turtles and other ecological conservation programs. Services available are : board rental, surf classes, boat trips into the estuary or mangroves, fishing trips, night walks to observe turtle lay eggs on the beach and turtle baby release tours. Transport services to International Airport, San Salvador, Ruta de Las Flores, El Imposible and Los Cobanos are available. . Barra de Santiago village is just 3 kms away and is the home of fishermen and their families and a couple of small stores and diners. Common denominator of the area is that it’s very healthy environment where you can feel safe walking around also after dark. To visit the beautiful bocana (tip of the peninsula) it is just a 15 min. walk from Capricho. From here you can observe on clear days the impressive volcanic mountain chain all the way from Cerrro Verde volcanic complex to the Volcanoes of Pacaya, Agua and Fuego of Guatemala. Beyond the mangroves you also spot the green slopes of the El Imposible National Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capricho Beach House El Salvador/Barra De Santiago