First the location: TripAdvisor lists some of the Costa del Sol hotels under “La Paz” and others under “La Herradura”. They should all probably be lumped together under “Costa del Sol, El Salvador”, as they are all along the same road, on the same beach, and in competition with each other. La Paz is the department or province in which these are located. La Herradura is actually San Luis La Herradura, a small fishing village, separated from these hotels by an estuary and a mangrove swamp. To drive from the hotels to La Herradura is around 40 kilometers. La Herradura actually offers very little in the way of tourist attractions.
Tortuga Village consists of 8 beautiful cabins or huts, constructed on stilts, and made completely of teak wood. They surround the rather large pool, and are located just steps away from the beach. At ground level are a table and chairs, some more comfortable chairs, a lounge chair (wicker or wood), a swing, and a hammock. There is a good breeze coming in off the ocean and it’s a pleasant place to stay, when not in the room, in the pool, or out on the beach. Upstairs is the main room with two double beds and bathroom. The rooms are equipped with flat screen cable TV and there is free WiFi internet. Cabins #1 and #8 are the closest to the ocean and offer a loft with an additional double bed.
Another reviewer mentioned the adjoining restaurant, and how you depend on it. It’s true because unless you came in your own car, there’s nothing else really very close. The restaurant serves pretty good breakfasts beginning around 7:30am. Lunch and dinner can be ordered from the extensive menu. On our first night, there was service until 8pm. The second day they advised us the kitchen would be closing at 5:30 pm. We declined ordering anything, having had a large lunch. Fortunately we had brought a cooler filled with drinks and other items to snack on. If possible, arrive with your own cooler to tide you over in the event the restaurant chooses to close early.
The whole operation is rather casual, but pleasant. There’s not a lot going on; no activities…pretty quiet at night. Make your own fun, or just relax and enjoy the solitude. Bring a book….surf the internet. Mid-week, we had the place nearly all to ourselves.
The same reviewer mentioned that the water was not particularly hot. I checked under the sink and saw only cold water lines running to the faucets, so I suspect there is no hot water. If you really want a warm shower, best to take it during the warmest part of the day when the water lines are warmed by the rays of the sun. Or use the freshwater shower located at the end of the pool and the entrance to the beach.
A recommendation: The same rough surf that makes El Salvador a world-class destination for surfers makes it dangerous for swimming in the ocean. The coastline is straight, with no peaceful coves, bays, or inlets. Best to use the beach for walking and running; maybe just getting your feet a bit wet. Every year there are hundreds of beach drownings in El Salvador; mostly a holidays when the locals take to the beaches. Be careful, and spend more time in and around the nice pool.
We enjoyed our stay and are definitely going back.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tortuga Village El Salvador/La Herradura