A Paradise by the Pacific Ocean: My Stay at Capricho Beach House, Barra de Santiago, El Salvador

A Paradise by the Pacific Ocean : My Stay at Capricho Beach House, Barra de Santiago, El Salvador

A Paradise by the Pacific Ocean : My Stay at Capricho Beach House, Barra de Santiago, El Salvador

I stumbled upon one of the most off the wall spots from my travels yet while in El Salvador. After checking out the capital city San Salvador, where I stayed in Ximena’s Guesthouse, I decided to head to the beach to chill out for a few days.

My room at Capricho Beach House in Barra de Santiago, El Salvador.

My room at Capricho Beach House in Barra de Santiago, El Salvador.

Most surfers and backpackers head to the trendy and popular El Tunco. But I decided to get off the tourist trail a lot more so I could truly relax and find a paradise of my own. I found it on the peninsula know as Barra de Santiago and I stayed at Capricho Beach House.

My paradise at Capricho Beach House, Barra de Santiago, El Salvador.

My paradise at Capricho Beach House, Barra de Santiago, El Salvador.

By the Pacific Ocean at Capricho Beach House

By the Pacific Ocean at Capricho Beach House

For a start, I completely recommend travelling to El Salvador, the country has some truly memorable things to see and do including the crazy annual fireball festival, the ruins of Tazumal, lively San Salvador and the indigo workshop at Casa Blanca in Chalchuapa. But get yourself out to Barra de Santiago, right by the Pacific Ocean and stay in Capricho, where life slows down and you’ll have a beach to yourself.

My paradise by the Pacific Ocean

My paradise by the Pacific Ocean

Getting to Barra de Santiago

To get to the village of Barra de Santiago, first you’ll need to get to the town of Sonsonate (bus 205 from San Salvador heads there). From Sonsonate main bus terminal, get the Bus 285 out to Barra de Santiago. The bus only runs twice a day (and once a day on a Sunday) so make sure you don’t miss it. The times of the bus are 10.30 am and 4.30 pm. I got the 4.30 pm bus which actually left at 5 pm from Sonsonate and arrived in Barra de Santiago just after 6 pm. The bus cost $1.70 US payment in cash. You can also take the bus 259 towards La Hachadura and get out at the Barra de Santiago turn off and catch a pick up.

The bus from Sonsonate to Barra de Santiago.

The bus from Sonsonate to Barra de Santiago.

Getting to Capricho Beach House

Get off the bus 285 at the last stop and you are in Barra de Santiago near Capricho Beach House. It’s a village and a peninsula all in one and Capricho is towards the end of the peninsula. Walk all the way along the road where the bus leaves you (keeping the beach on your left) then turn off for the beach and head right. Capricho is the first place on the right, right on the beach, in paradise!

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The entrance to Capricho Beach House, is on the beach.

Here are 5 cool reasons for staying in Capricho and why you should spend 2/3 nights here.

1. Relaxation

This is key. You’re here to chill out. You can truly relax here at Capricho. You have hammocks a plenty, 17 kilometres of beach and Pacific Ocean coastline. Palm trees, a leafy garden and you stay in small palm thatched ranchos just a few metres from the beach. There are no shops, offices or traffic noises too close, so you can truly cut off from the commercial, busy world and relax in peace.

Lie in a hammock and relax - no TVs here ;-)

Lie in a hammock and relax – no TVs here 😉

Capricho owners and creators deliberately don’t have TVs or a swimming pool as it’s an eco resort. Why swim in a pool when the fresh Pacific Ocean is metres away? Why come all the way here to watch TV? Chill out with a beer at sunset.

2. Mangrove Forest Tours

You can do a tour out to the Mangrove forest where you sail on a small rowing boat through a protected forest. This Mangrove Forest is protected by the government and is a pure highlight of any adventure to El Salvador. You see 4 metre long crocodiles, countless wild birds, some native only to El Salvador and loads of crabs and other wildlife. These are easily organised with local tour guide Julio, just ask

On the Mangrove Forest Tour.

On the Mangrove Forest Tour.

3. Surfing (ocean)

If you want to have a strip of the Pacific Ocean all to yourself, then Barra de Santiago is the place for it. Capricho Guest House of course is on hand to provide surf boards and surfing lessons – even better is that Julio who runs the Mangrove Forest tours is also an expert surfer and can teach you the tricks. This was my first ever surfing lesson and I loved it.

Going for my first ever surfing lesson in the Pacific Ocean right outside Capricho Beach House.

Going for my first ever surfing lesson in the Pacific Ocean right outside Capricho Beach House.

4. Surfing (internet)

Surfing appears again on here as the wifi at Capricho is super fast considering where you are!! I couldn’t quite believe it – sitting sipping ice cold beer watching the sun go down right by the beach with wi-fi, blogging away. And yes, I know I came here to relax, but the reality of it is, I work on the move these days so I needed some wifi time. I did it at night though.

Wifi time in Capricho Guest House

Wifi time in Capricho Guest House

5. Tranquility
It’s important to embrace the pure tranquility of this place. As the truth is I had backpacked through some pretty smoky, busy, hectic cities in the last 3-4 months. I’m talking London, Changsha, Hong Kong, Rio, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and San Salvador. The traffic madness of those places is replaced here by crashing waves and singing birds.

Tranquility and relaxation at Capricho

Tranquility and relaxation at Capricho

Lie in a hammock and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean in the tranquility of Capricho Beach House.

Breakfast at Capricho Guest House

Breakfast at Capricho Guest House

I spent two nights in Capricho during 10 days in El Salvador and thoroughly enjoyed it.

My room in Capricho Beach House, El Salvador.

My room in Capricho Beach House, El Salvador.

You really escape everything here and I totally recommend it, here’s how to book Capricho.

Confirm your booking directly on Agoda.com
http://ximenasguesthouse.com/Capricho_Beach_House.html

You can also book it through Ximena’s Guesthouse in San Salvador: ximenas.guesthouse@gmail.com
Phone number to Ximena’s front desk is (503) 2260-2481, for assistance in English call (503) 7860-8632.

My ensuite at Capricho

My ensuite at Capricho

All that’s left is for you to enjoy these videos of the Capricho Beach House Paradise:

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