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Ocean Front House, Surf.Fish,Chill/Walk minutes to perfect Surf/very private!

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
People
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
4 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in La Libertad - Casa de Karma

Ocean Front, Large Private Property , Friendly Surf, Excellent Staff, Memorable

Casa de Karma was constructed in 2007.

The main objectives were to build a home that maximized the incredible Ocean view directly out front.

While limiting the angles of which you could see into the house.

The home is located on a rock cliff with the constant sound of the Ocean and indigenous wildlife echoing through the circular cylinders.

Being the last home in the row of five beach front homes make it extremely private and serene.

The home is also located on the edge of the owners 30 acres of private reserve property.

With many walking paths paved and packed dirt you can roam for hours without even leaving the property.

The local people you encounter on the beach and on the road are friendly, courteous and always willing to talk story, as El Salvador is a rightfully proud nation.

Buenas is a typical greeting that will usually get you the same in return.

I cannot say enough good things about the resourceful local people, my friends, family/care takers and neighbors here in El Salvador.

Without all of whom I would not be privileged enough to visit their hospitable, beautiful country.

The house itself was built with all local materials, from the foundation using the same rock as the volcanoes to the stone floors and lime stone walls.

We set out to build a home that also was not all bling bling.

There were actually guys that spent weeks chipping away at columns to make them look aged.

Special molds were hand built to form Mayan patterns with-in the home to respect the roots of the country and its people.

The Kitchen which was originally going to be a third bedroom, it was changed last minute to my favorite room.

The Kitchen is the place in most homes where people enjoy hanging out.

Therefor we destructed all the walls except the back supporting wall and opened the Kitchen up completely to the elements of nature.

There is a surrounding Lava Top Bar with a central (also round) cooking station.

Along the sides are sinks, serving bars as well as an in development stone oven.

The Kitchen chairs were custom built with extra height to optimize the incredible 360 degree view of the Ocean and surrounding mountains.

You can enjoy your meals and beverages to the sound of the Ocean and indigenous wildlife.

The home was designed with multiple levels and individual cylinders to enhance the features listed below.

Privacy, sound levels, acoustics, ceiling heights, lighting, air flow and all of the little things that can make a difference in a good vacation, restful sleep, peacefulness etc. were taken into consideration, thought out and applied into this unique karmic structure.

All The furnishings and art with-in and on the Terrace were custom built and designed by the locals who knew, the homes unique structure, myself and the intended vibe.

Which makes the home seem all that much more comfortable.

I find myself not leaving the property for weeks at a time, due to fact that the best fisherman are my care taker/friend and his friend two doors down.

The local ladies bake tortilla's and bread and our the locals bring fresh picked vegetables and fresh cheese to the front door.

Most else can be found at the small market (5 minute walk) at the end of our street (dirt road) there are also great restaurants a short distance away.

Special trips such as the Mayan Ruins, Capitol, Volcano, Zip Line, Shopping or Night Life Tours etc. require a 24 hour notice.

Horseback rides from the house, can be arranged on a same day morning notice.

The Fishing and Sailboat tours require a 48 hour notice.

What is so cool is that whatever you would like to experience during your stay is with-in a two hour drive of your private paradise.

We have a professional driver with a car, pick-up and microbus who is friendly, safe, reliable knowledgeable, he has been driving for our family for 20 years.

Let us know if you have specific questions.

Please follow us on Facebook @ Casa de Karma

Gracias, The Staff

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Doug Harley
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
2 December, 2016
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About Doug Harley

I've been fortunate enough to have been a visitor to this wonderful country and its incredibly hospitable/humble people for almost 25 years now.

I have also traveled the globe for over 35 years and this place has captured my heart like no other.

Currently I reside in San Diego and Mammoth Lakes CA. as I am a snowboard product representative in the winter.

When summer comes its time for music and surfing!

I especially enjoy showing people parts of this country that you the average visitor would never see.

Believe me there are many magical adventures to be had within the borders of this small country and the Islands that border the east of the country.

I know of many places in this tropical paradise that you would guess that you are elsewhere in the world.

My connection to this country is lengthy and ever developing as we have a very special neighborhood that I enjoy giving back to when and where possible.

My 1974 Land Rover has been nick named by the locals as Carro Fantasma (everything here has a second name) and is know up and down the coast as well as deep into the mountains and rivers.

No worries, we have professional full time drivers with current/safe vehicles if you are not in for an adventure in Carro Fantasma.

We can arrange a 1/4, 1/2 or full day trips to whatever you would like to do or see with in and around El Salvador and beyond!

We are also affiliated with other operations throughout different parts of the country, so if you desire a multiple location visit we can assist you there as well.

I encourage anyone of any age or family size to visit this incredible country.

I have been all throughout Latin America and there is something phenomenal about this country.

Maybe it's the smell of the burning wood fires pushed by off shore winds as the local prepare fresh fish and pupusas over salt soaked drift wood as you surf a perfect right hand wave to the beach at sunset.

Poetry in Motion by the Ocean! Come Join US Soon !

Doug Harley purchased this house in 1997

Why Doug Harley chose El Salvador

The surf break out front has always been one of my favorites.

While surfing this break one day I happened to crack my head on the reef gashing the crown of my head open requiring 57 stitches.

When I asked the doctor for 2 more he just mumbled something to the effect of 'loco gringo' so I ended up with 59 (K59) stitches total.

My original piece of property was shown to me me by my friend Aldo, whom without his hospitality and friendship, I would not have continued to visit this country during its more challenging times.

As well as Roberto and Jimmy Rotherham and their incredible families, Muchas Gracias!

This property is out of town and off the beaten path, incredibly beautiful and private.

It features perfect uncrowded surf (for regular and goofy footers) at the bottom of the stairs with friendly locals that are a blast to surf, fish, laugh and play soccer with.

The house sits on a cliff away from the beach providing complete privacy. You can sit in the pool or hammock sipping your beverage of choice while watching the surf and soccer game go off!

The Property itself is amazing as it is spans over 30 acres with a mile of paved walking trails and miles of dirt walking trails through the dense surrounding jungle. Which will eventually lead you to to the KM 59 restaurant on the Pan American Hwy.

As you cruise the property there are mango tree's, almond tree's a Plumeria Tree forest, Mayan Caves, Natural Jacuzzi's with mineral water, endless birds etc.

This is one of the largest Ocean Front properties in the country, many times I go weeks without leaving the property.

Our care taker and neighbor friend are two of the best fisherman in the area, therefore fresh sea food is abundant daily.

Being that the property is so large, you can easily separate from travel companions and enjoy some quality time alone.

Saludos, Casa de Karma

What makes this house unique

The original piece of property involved 3 terraces leading to the Ocean.

I spent five years just building Mayan style walls to secure the property for development.

During which time the property to the west (the coast runs east & west) became available, so I purchased it and decided that was the spot for Casa de Karma.

We decided on a round structure with round cylinders for ambiance and Ocean views.

The home features two levels.

As you enter the house you are on the friends level which includes the friends bedroom with 2 twin beds (also designed to combine into a queen size) as well as 2 air beds. Guest bathroom with limestone shower and the large open air kitchen facing the Ocean and Mountains in the circular central zone.

You then proceed down four stairs to the second larger circular central living room, bar,master bedroom and two arched doorways out to the 200 degree Ocean Front terrace. Once on the terrace you are directly in front of a private swimming pool, beach with 86 degree Ocean water and perfect waves and friendly swimming.

To access the beach you simply walk down the stairs, through another doorway and onto the beach.

If you are off for a surf there is a waxing station at the bottom of the stairs.

If you notice the lineup is a bit more crowded than you prefer, just walk five minutes west to the next right point which could have minimal or no people.

If your just beach cruising to the left (east) there are endless tide pools, little caves, private beaches etc. all of which are tide dependent.

Sunsets and sunrises from every angle of the property are some of my favorites as well as the full moon nights.

From the top of the property you can see multiple points down the coast as well as the top of the mountain top.

The care takers have been on the property for forty years working around the property daily to ensure safety and maintenance.

The Family will ensure that you have cultural memorable experience.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hola Doug,

We wanted to finally touch base and Thank you and La Familia for an incredible experience in El Salvador.

It was really hard to leave your extensive paradise, the last day when Ernesto, Micheal & Edgard blasted off fireworks for my Uncles Birthday and Maria made a cake and the whole staff sang Feliz Cumpleano in spanish brings smiles to our faces upon every recollection !

The setting,the house, the food, the countries people and their hospitality were all top notch as well a full on surf filled cultural experience !!

We will be back to Casa de Karma annually.

Thanks Again, Mateo y Familia
Nov 2012
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Ocean Front House, Surf.Fish,Chill/Walk minutes to perfect Surf/very private!
average rating of 4.75 based on 10 reviews
5

Casa de Karma

  • 5 of 5

Douglas! Thank you for hosting us once again! We love your property and it couldn't be more convenient to the surf! Casa de Karma is very safe and comfortable for all. Please tell Maria and Familia Muchas Gracious for their amazing aloha!

Toe

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Mike & Crew, Thank You, it was a pleasure having you and your amazing friends at the house, in the water, at the Mayan Caves, Waterfalls etc. Being that this was your fourth visit, it was very easy to arrange your safari's. We look forward to seeing again soon. Muchos Gracias, Douglas Y La Familia
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Cliff side surf house paradise

  • 5 of 5

this is a very unique house tucked inside a small private neighborhood. Everyone working for Doug was extremely nice and helpful. Maria is an awesome cook! Doug was always around when you needed to make any arrangements and a classic character. One of the great things about the house is the location on the cliff side, great views and a nice breeze. The breeze is especially nice in the tropical heat.

There were many surf surf options within a ten minute walk from the house. K59 was always empty at sunrise where u could surf it alone. If it got crowded more than 5 people, there were many options walking up k61 and the various books and crannies between them. There were no one really surfing any of those breaks.

Much recommended

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks You Guys, It was awesome having your group at Casa de Karma ! So cool that all of you, pretty much surfed the entire day at one of the breaks or another. It was great to meet you and your group, also very appreciative of your shared wisdom. Best Of Life & Travels, Doug
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Amazingly relaxing family vacation

  • 5 of 5

The property was impressive from the very first glance. Full ocean view, warm breezes and a friendly welcome from all. This house is more like a terraced estate. Every spot that you place your feet onto has an ocean view. There are plenty of hammocks to relax and sink it all in. The beach is literally just steps away, and it is expansive and breathtaking. The ocean is consistently pumping out endless waves, without a crowd to steal your ride. Doug was a great host. He set up excursions, a surprise surfing adventure by boat, and even had a masseuse on hand! Maria, the exquisite cook, was a pure delight. She brought a smile to all of our faces and kept our bellies full!

We will return....hopefully sooner than later!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, your Family was a pleasure to entertain. It was awesome seeing the kids out of their element yet blending in with the local culture and venturing out on their own safari's. We look forward to your return, Maria misses you all. Saludos, Doug y La Familia
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Surf trip

  • 4 of 5

My husband and a friend wanted to surf El Salvador. So we went to Casa de Karma which is right at K59. They had a great time in the water and loved that they could roll out of bed and into the surf. Dream come true. The house is very nice. Very cool design, big deck with hammocks to laze away the afternoons and take in the view. Big dining table on the deck as well to enjoy outdoor meals. AC in the bedrooms was a plus. The pool was a great spot to chill in and my son loved it ,as the rips and waves in the ocean out front were not for kid swimming. The view from the house is gorgeous. We fell asleep to crashing waves every night. Doug was a great host. He provided us with anything we needed. Maria and her family also live on the property. Maria is the sweetest lady and will cook you delicious meals whenever you want. She even taught me how to make papusas. Doug had a couple local drivers to pic us up from the airport or take us to town when we felt like a change of pace. This is the way to go as renting cars in El Salvador can be tricky. We also felt safer driving with a local. Doug's property is well secured and he is close with the local community and they all seem to look out for eachother. Very nice neighborhood with lovely people. The surf camp a couple doors down on the beach has fast wifi (if you have to work a bit). It is also a good place to meet people from all over the world. The palapas on the beach have great local seafood meals. We loved our stay and are very grateful to Doug for our week long home away from home. Oh, the house also comes with some very sweet doggies!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias Tracy, It was a pleasure hosting your crew. Maria is for sure your new friend. We were very pleased that you were able to enjoy the beach culture as well as venturing in into the mountains via horseback. Please keep in touch for the time of year (Oct-March) when the beach is more children friendly, also please have Matt drop me a line. Best Of Life/Travel, Doug y La Familia.
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Can't Wait To Go Back!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week at Doug's home in Taquillo. Before we even got there, we knew it would be a fantastic trip, Doug's communication with us was remarkable. He arranged for everything we asked for and more. Dinners overlooking the ocean, surfing, trips to local villages and Mayan ruins. He even helped me plan a birthday surprise for my husband. We looked forward to seeing him and his wonderful staff each day. The house is gorgeous and the views from every angle are just stunning. We could not have been more pleased with this getaway!

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jennifer, We really enjoyed having you and your husband at Casa de Karma, the two of were a pleasure to mingle and surf with daily. I cannot Thank You enough for the surprise brownies that you made for my birthday, that was so nice! We look forward to having you visit again someday soon. Best of Life, Doug & The Family/Staff
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Excellent overall

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time overall. The house and location are even better than what the pictures would suggest. The area was especially notable in the wonderful people. My 7 and 14-year-olds were warmly greeted by the local kids and the place is wonderful for children. Doug and the staff were attentive, friendly and very pleasurable to be around without being intrusive or overbearing. I highly recommend the place and we hope to make a trip back sometime.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Colm. I wanted to Thank You for your stay at Casa de Karma, everyone really enjoyed having you here. Also Thanks so much for your kind review! I promised the kids some surfing lifestyle video titles to watch to keep all of stoked on surfing and how much hit enhances Life. 1.) Shelter / WoodShed Productions 2.) Sipping Jet Streams / Taylor Steele Production 3.) Castle in the Sky / Taylor Steele Production 4.) One California Day / Wood Shed Production 5.) Broken Down Melody Enjoy, we hope to see back in El Salvador soon. Best of Life, Doug & Staff
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Location

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Comalapa International
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
200 yards
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
San Salvador
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Kilometres
1/2 mile = Pan American HWY CA 2E
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
KM 59
Nearest Beach
KM 59
Car: not necessary

Casa de Karma is centrally located in the western region of El Salvador's Pacific Coast.

A short 45 minute drive from the airport (we will pick you up) as you pass through sugar cane fields and volcanic formations, you parallel the Pacific Ocean.

While you absorb the smell of the local foods and pumping surf as you glide by the friendly faces of the local people.

You are not delayed by a single traffic light or stop sign on your journey to your private paradise located in the rural area outside of the historic fishing town of La Libertad where you can stock up on supplies.

As you bounce down our 4 wheel drive access only street and through the gates of Casa de Karma you are instantly surrounded by serenity and endless private beauty.

Located directly in front of and above a playground of an Ocean of warm water (83-86 degrees) perfect surf and friendly locals.

There are only a few homes in our special cove with lots of beach to roam, caves to get lost in and fresh seafood being offered up by the local fisherman out in front of the house.

We have access to multiple trained user friendly horses for mountain or beach cruises.

There are Mayan Caves on the property to explore. The fishing all around the property is incredible.

There is a daily soccer game that occurs just before sunset on the beach out front.

There are also restaurants and bars with-in walking distance of the home as well as many un-surfed mystery points.

We are also with-in one hour of the Capitol City that has incredible museums,great cuisine from around the world, fun night clubs, 3 huge shopping malls and many small eclectic shops and clubs, 14 Volcanoes, Mayan Ruins, Volcanic formed Lakes, Zip Line Operations, Motocross Tours and so much more . . .it's all close.

So Surf, visit some culture for a few hours and surf some more before a refreshing sunset and delicious dinner and beverage. All prepared by our fourth generation family that has been caring for this special property for over forty years! Bienvenido, The Staff

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in La Libertad, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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4 night minimum stay
£775
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£1,260
£3,515
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £39
Property Damage Protection £47
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owners are not responsible for act of nature, such as bug & or animal bites etc.that may occur while in El Salvador or on the property of Casa de Karma.
Owners are not responsible for personal injury or pre existing conditions of any of its clients or affiliates.
Casa de Karma Staff will act expediently and professionally in the event of emergency situations.
Pass Port Required +10$ entry fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in La Libertad in Central & South America

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Friends Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Limestone walls and Volcanic Rock Flooring
    Ocean Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Limestone Walls with smooth ceramic tiling
  • Round in shape with large round shower. Limestone walls with Volcanic Rock Flooring Large Comode Standard size sink Cleaned Daily (unless notified otherwise)
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Friends Room - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Air Conditioning, also includes 2 Single Air mattresses
    Ocean Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Air Conditioning, Private bath & terrace to Pool/Beach
  • The Friends room is round in shape with natural volcanic stone floors, sliding windows, slanted ceiling with chandelier lighting and good ventilation as well as air conditioning and black out curtains. The Ocean room features a direct view of the Ocean Room is complimented by a private terrace with a private entrance/exit to the pool area as well as a private bathroom with a large limestone shower. This room is also round in shape, spacious with good ventilation and optional air conditioning. It also has a small lighted terrace for evening poolside, ocean front relaxation.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
El Salvador has it all with-in a 3 hour drive border to border along the sea. Venture into the mountains and whole new world expands your expectations. Cruise up an eastern estuary, adventurous serenity is guaranteed. Throw down in the Capitol and you will have the time of your life. Spend time in a Mayan Pueblo and feel the roots of the people. Eat at a Pumpuseria along the road. Chill in a Hammock with a chilled Coconut and enjoy the fading sunset. . . . . It's All Here.

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