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Casa Tortuga - Spanish Style Ocean Front Home - Pool, Surfing, Sea Turtles

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Everything you need in a vacation awaits you at this beach front home. From the beautiful sand of Playa Dorada to the private pool with swim-up bar, all your needs are catered to. Whether you are a couple ready for quiet time or a large family looking for your next reunion spot, the home can accommodate you. We are located at approximately KM 91 one mile off the coastal Highway CA-2. This is in the County (Departamento) of Sonsonate. See our website for additional house details, pictures and area attractions.

SEA TURTLE FARM AT PLAYA DORADA - Our beach is one of the most active sea turtle beaches in all of El Salvador. There is a new turtle farm on the beach. Our care takers can bring you to the farm and you can help bring the turtles to the sea at sunset. An amazing experience.

MEAL PREPARATION - Ana Rosa is one of the on-site care takers. For a small fee she will prepare meals upon request. Some of her specialties include ceviche, fish, shrimp, lobster and chicken served along with rice, beans and fresh tortillas. Ana gets the ingredients directly from the local fisherman and farmers which keeps the meal costs very reasonable, for much less than you would pay in a local restaurant and quite possibly less than you would pay preparing these meals yourself.

SURFING - Roll out of bed, grab your board, walk past the pool and catch a wave before breakfast. It’s that close. It's that convenient. If you want to explore a different scene, head out to Playa Mizata, a 5-minute drive away, or Playa El Zonte 40 minutes to the East. Both places have right-point breaks and sets that according to the locals line up “machine-like, with so much open wave face, it is like a skate park.” Water temperature is between 80°F and 85°F year-round. Winds are offshore and light in the mornings, and turn into light-to-moderate sea breeze (5-15 knots) by midday. Many of the breaks are well protected and surfable all day, because of the headlands and points.

We can arrange surf tours and surf boards rental.

DAY TRIPS - One of our favorite day trips is into the mountains to visit the hill towns of Apaneca, Ataco, and Juayua. The drive takes approximately 1 hour to reach the first of these towns. The trip takes you along the popular Ruta de las Flores (Route of the Flowers). Once here, you can stroll the cobblestone streets to visit local artisan galleries and old churches, hike to waterfalls or have lunch overlooking coffee plantations and volcanoes, or take a canopy tour. We can recommend guides for hike and tours.

SNORKELING, DIVING & FISHING - Playa Los Cobanos is located 1/2 hour from the house. El Salvador's best diving is found here. You will see a major coral formation. It's not a reef, but thousands of rocky heads covered in coral. Two shipwrecks are found at about 35 feet. Go at low tide for outstanding snorkeling. You can also find diving tour operators and deep water fishing guides operating out of this beach town.

TRANSPORTATION-We can arrange transportation - airport pick up, car rental, van with driver for large groups.

More Details

Marius Gherman, Alina Gherman
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish, Romanian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

Why Marius Gherman, Alina Gherman chose Sonsonate

On our first trip to El Salvador we fell in love with this tiny Central American country. The warmth of the people, the stunning landscape, the endless beaches and the warm Pacific waters made us on making the decision to purchase Casa Tortuga (The Sea Turtle House).


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Sonsonate in El Salvador

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural
  • village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , With AC and private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , With AC and shared bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 2 Bunk Bed , With AC and shared bathroom (w/bedroom 2)
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Bunk Bed , No AC, shared half bathroom and private outdoor shower
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , AC, shared half bathroom and private outdoor showe
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming


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Casa Tortuga - Spanish Style Ocean Front Home - Pool, Surfing, Sea Turtles
average rating of 4.695652 based on 23 reviews
Guatemala City

Beautiful beach home

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends and I spent three nights at this beach house. It is spacious, clean, and right on the beach. If the ocean is not your thing, the pool is very well maintained and a great place to hang out on the hot days in El Salvador.

The owner is very responsive and answered all of our questions in a timely manner. The caretakers of the home were very nice, informative, and helpful from the time we pulled up until the minute we left.

I would recommend this home to large groups, and small ones alike. It was cozy enough for a small group, but would just as easily hold a larger group.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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First time traveler in El Salvador. I loved Casa Tortuga!

  • 5 of 5

I must admit this one was one of the best experiences. Casa Tortuga is one of the most comfortable homes I've stayed at. I was amazed how much space we had, the property is huge.

The location, the privacy and the home met and exceeded all of our expectations. This home was great for our group who visited El Salvador for 12 days.

Ana Rosa was our cook, she was unbelievable. She did the most amazing job with the preparation of our food. Anything we asked for was available and the way she prepared it was delicious. She was very creative on cooking; we had some of the most delicious cooking I've ever had. She cooked fish, ceviche, seafood cocktails, pastries, delicious breakfasts, and the list goes on and on. The wooden deck was amazing, we spent countless hours at any time of the day, relaxing and staring at the ocean. The hammocks were very comfortable, we loved laying there and relaxing. From the pool to the ocean- only steps away we could not imagine a better time here. We loved the pool; it is very clean and well maintained.

If you are looking for a restful get away with your family or with a group of friends, this house is the place to be.

The owner Marius was very easy going, he was a wealth of information about the area and the nearby tourist attractions. We are highly recommending this home to anyone looking to get away for some rest and relaxation.

El Salvador and specifically Casa Tortuga are a great destination; we are highly recommending this home to anyone looking for a relaxing get away.

We will return back for sure to Casa Tortuga in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Karen, I am glad that you had a great time at Casa Tortuga. We strive to provide the best quality and the best services to our guests. We thank you for your nice review. We appreciate it . We're looking forward for having you again at Casa Tortuga.
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Another great stay at Casa Tortuga!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned to this amazing beach house. It's one of the most comfortable homes we've stayed at. The accommodations were great; the care takers were respectful of our space yet very helpful. Ana cooked for us again and I must say she did the most amazing job with the preparation of our food. Anything we asked for was available and the way she prepared it was delicious. If you are looking for a restful get away with your family or friends this house is the place to be.

We enjoyed spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the new wooden deck overviewing the beach. The rustic wooden furniture located on the deck is giving the property a good vibe.

If you need something - ask Ana or Mayra, they will take care of you! Most importantly - venture into surrounding towns! This country is beautiful and the people are some of the nicest I have ever met in all of my travels.

The transaction with Marius (the owner), went very smooth and fast, he was very prompt on communicating with us and providing valuable information.

I highly recommend this home to anyone looking to get away for some rest and relaxation. It is well worth it and we will return again in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Monika, It was great to have you again at Casa Tortuga! As a token of our appreciation we are offering a 10% discount to our returning guests. We're looking forward to have you at Casa Tortuga in the future ! Best regards, Marius
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Disappointed! House Needs Updating

  • 2 of 5

We really expected more based on the many, many favorable reviews not only here but on other sites. I am now questioning who wrote them as we didn't find the same house they described. And much of the info we inquired about was not accurate. There are no restaurants and bars on the beach as we were told. We found one place down the dirt road and it was closed and the caretaker said 'he would not recommend it to gringos.' We brought some of our own food but hoped to hire the cook we had heard so much about but on the first morning when we asked about preparing breakfast (we speak Spanish and live in country) she pointed to a tiny shack down the street and said we could buy our eggs there and that she was working elsewhere. So then we looked for the advertised BBQ and it was nowhere to be found. So the caretaker went out and bought a new tiny one which was helpful but the kitchen was in bad shape. It was hot, rusty and dirty and we found moldy food inside the cabinets!! No toaster, no micro, no DW! It was not a comfortable place for us to cook in and quite frankly we don't like cooking every meal while on vacation anyway! We rent all over the central American/Mexico very often and always rent places walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops so we can go out and explore and eat and drink and that's what we expected here based on answers by the owner. Not true. Also, the wifi was practically non existent-and the TV and radio were brought out at our request and they were very basic. Many lights weren't working, one of the ACs was not working so we set up in a smaller very basic room sharing a bathroom with our kids and the next day they did get the AC fixed but at that point we were already wanting to leave the house due to the lack of comfort levels. We will say the pool is refreshing and beach was nice and we asked upon arrival if they could clear away the bottles and garbage in front of the house. We were actually shocked it hadn't been done before we arrived. There are no sandchairs, umbrellas, or boogie boards like one usually gets with beach house rentals! The waves are ok but not great for surfing as we had been told. The caretaker was around a lot, walking through our areas to check the beach, day and night so was kinda awkward, altho he was very nice. We reported our unhappiness to Marius and he refunded the unused days and we appreciated his professional response. With lots of updating and lower prices this place could be better.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would like to address the fact that we are an honest business. Questioning the honesty of the reviews of the previous guests, makes it questioning the good faith of this guest. All the info we provided to the guest were true and accurate. We mentioned that Playa Dorada is a fishermen village, with few comedores/ pupuserias and a restaurant. We never claimed that Playa Dorada is a touristy area. We are standing behind our caretakers, as they are very respectful and polite with all of our guests. I am highly doubting the fact that our caretaker was not offering her cooking services to the guest. As it is mentioned on the listing the cooking services are not included on the rental price and can be requested by the guest. In regards to the BBQ, unfortunately a previous guest broke it. We asked our caretaker to accommodate the guest on buying a brand new midsize BBQ. The kitchen was recently painted, it is cleaned twice a day. We never listed as the kitchen as having A/C, nor we never advertised as having micro or dishwasher. All the amenities we have advertised on the listing are accurate. Playa Dorada is a secluded fishermen village with a tranquil and quiet, almost private beach. It is not advertised as a beach town at all. The wifi was recently tested and it is working fine with the mobile modem all over the property. We do have cable TV and radio. Lights were replaced by the caretaker. We also requested an AC technician to have it fixed and was done very fast. We cannot control when the AC might broke down, but we're taking immediately all the measures to have it fixed. One thing we are bothered too, is that littering is unfortunately a common issue in Central America. We do have our caretakers cleaning in front of the house and on the beach all the time. On the listing we never advertised the sandchairs, umbrellas, or boogie boards as being provided. We cannot control the quality of the waves, as Mother Nature cannot provide us with the greatest waves for surfing all the time. If the guest has been feeling comfortable by the caretaker being around, she should have been reported to the owners right away. Our caretakers have excellent work ethics, are very polite and respect our guests' privacy all the time. We cannot make every guest happy, but we're standing behind the passion, work and love we're putting to Casa Tortuga. Testimony of our efforts are the previous guests reviews. Marius-Owner of Casa Tortuga
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10 14

Very pleasant stay!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I had a very nice time, the house was clean and prepared for us. Mario is a very accesible and helpful person. The house has wonderful gardens, a very nice pool and the beach is a few steps away. I recommend the house and the owner.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Andrea and to our Guatemalans guests ! We're looking forward for having you at Casa Tortuga in the future.
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

First of all I have to say that what you see is what you get. The pictures and descriptions are spot on and what you get when staying at Casa Tortuga! The property is very well kept and well thought out. The beach is fantastic and water is so very clean and clear. 

The area is safe/secure and far away from any large towns. Lazaro the grounds keeper also performs security checks constantly during the day and is up all night making sure you are safe and sound. He walks the property as well as the beach itself. Anna the housekeeper was also wonderful. She was there for anything we needed and was always smiling. 

Casa Tortuga is the perfect place to escape the world and have a very private and secluded vacation. With the mountains behind the house and the beautiful beach in front it is a picture perfect spot. This was a relaxing and worry free trip that we needed.

My wife and I will most certainly return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. We appreciate it ! We're looking forward for having you again at Casa Tortuga.
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Outdoor Enthusiasts
Art & Design Lovers
Santa Ana
Nearest Airport
57 Miles
San Salvador International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Carretera Del Litoral
Nearest Beach
Playa Dorada
Car: recommended

We are very lucky to have a TURTLE FARM at the beach. Out caretakers can take you so see the baby turtles when they hatch. The on site care takers are available to prepare meals, swim up bar with tiled stools, wet bar, hammocks, guided hikes in the nearby hills can be arranged. Additional information provided upon request.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Sonsonate, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Peak
2 Apr 2018 - 24 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Non Peak
25 Jun 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Fiestas Agostinas
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Discounts available for longer stay.
Rate for one couple: $800/week
Contact us for visits less then 1 week.

We accept PayPal

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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