4 Bedrooms, 4.5+ Baths (Sleeps 8-12)
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About Lena Johannessen
We are a Salvadorian / Norwegian couple who love nature and ecology. We run an organic farm, a small guest house for foreigners in San Salvador and we love traveling around in El Salvador and especially the beautiful western region. Barra de Santiago is our favorite place and we love to share the experience staying at this amazing place with other visitors to El Salvador.
Why Lena Johannessen chose Barra de Santiago
Capricho used to be the family vacation spot but some of the foreign guests lodged in our San Salvador hotel would come visit and they all became enchanted with this beautiful beach and surrounding area. We decided to turn it into a small beach hotel in 1999. Most of our guests are nature lovers and adventure seekers who appreciate the beautiful scenery.
What makes this Hotel unique
The property is located in a nature reserve. Bird and wildlife is unique here. The mangrove forest is the third biggest but yet the best preserved in the country and is the home for many ecological conservation programs. The beach is nesting ground for the sea turtle which are an endangered species and in the mangroves you can see the crocodiles in their natural habitat. The mangroves and basin is of the best places for bird watching in El Salvador
Check-in: 2:00 PM
If there are damages to the property the guests will be charged for the cost of replacing lost items or repairs of damages. The amount of people allowed on the property is the one stated as max sleeping capacity. If there are day guests we need to get prior information about this to give authorization.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A small resort in paradise...all for you!
My friends and I had a wonderful stay at Capricho, just beyond the end of the road on Barra de Santiago. Almost an hour from the nearest paved highway, Capricho has four rooms each with its own bathroom on around a 1/2 acre, with outbuildings for dining and relaxing, right on the wide, empty beach. Lena was a font of useful information, and Rafael and Guadalupe, the on-site caretakers, made us excellent breakfasts and dinners every day. The best thing to do here is relax on the beach. Only wish we could have stayed longer.
The Barra de Santiago peninsula and basin is a protected natural area and the scenery for a wide range of authentic nature experiences. The tip of the peninsula, estuary and mangroves are excellent for bird-watching. The mangroves and canals simmers with life and exploring the area with a boat is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the unique species found here, many of which are also endangered. As you slide into the mangrove canals you may also spot crocodiles who laze on the riverbed. This is one of the best turtle beaches in the country and during the season from June to December you have an opportunity to observe the sea turtles nest their eggs on the beach. Several local conservation programs keep turtle farms and periodically turtle babies are released into the ocean. If you want to participate, we can help to arrange it. Other activities we recommend are surfing and long relaxing walks at this stunning beach.
If you wish to explore the nearby area there are several options. The largest National Park of El Salvador:'El Imposible' is just one hour away and here hiking, bathing in waterholes and rivers and enjoying nature are the main attractions. Los Cobanos has a coral reef and hosts great diving and whale watching (in season) and is just one hour drive from Barra de Santiago. Other places to visit are the quaint tourist villages along the Ruta de Las Flores which is a string of small coffee producing villages cradled along the western volcanic range. A round trip accessing the Ruta de Las Flores along the scenic road passing by Jujutla and Guamango and driving down the route exiting in Sonsonate makes for a great day trip to then come back to relax at the beach.