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Safest,most beautiful beach, well kept beach front home for relaxing/ocean sport

Bedrooms 3
Space 185 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Well decorated 3 bedroom 2 bath with spectacular sunset and ocean views

Located 1 hour and 45 minutes from the El Salvador international airport is your and our “Oasis.”

We have named our beach house and your perfect vacation spot Oasis because it is our “island” of tranquility, peace, solitude, and beauty.

The beach, Maculis, where the house is located is 1-mile-long expanse of volcanic sand with a natural breakwater of volcanic rock 500 yards out in the Pacific Ocean. This breakwater makes for one of the safest and calmest beaches around. With no rip tides, only small waves, and with the warm water, it is as if you were in a gigantic hot tub. When the tide is out, there are tide pools at both ends of the beach that are great places to snorkel (we provide masks and snorkels) and look at the colorful fish and fauna. If you are into more active sports, there are sit-on-top ocean kayaks to take out and paddle along the coast. If you are really adventurous, you can paddle to the beach at the far end of Maculis, Playas Blancas, and surf the waves in a kayak. If you bring your surfboard, a number of surfing beaches are close by.

If you like to fish, you can do so right off the rocks or rent a skiff (panga) with a guide and go angling for red snapper, grouper, or mahi-mahi

If you are interested in getting away from crowded beaches and tourist traps, then Maculis is the place you are looking for. You will find very few people on the beach and very little activity except for the artesian fishermen coming in early at the far end of the beach in their pangas with the catch of the day. You can buy your lunch directly from them. Red snapper, filet of sole, grouper, and lobster are just some of the catch that may be available.

The house is what is called a rancho in Spanish. It is a modern 2-story structure with 2 bedrooms and a complete bathroom upstairs. The upstairs master bedroom has a balcony with ocean views and is a great place to have breakfast or drink wine and watch the sunset. The other upstairs bedroom sleeps 4 people.

On the ground floor is another bedroom that sleeps 4 and looks out on the ocean. It comes with a complete bathroom. The rancho also has a kitchen with a serving counter looking onto an open-air social area – a large expanse under a thatched roof made of palm fronds and renewable teak saplings. This is a great area to eat, drink, play games, or simply listen to the waves. Hammocks can be strung between the teak pillars for comfortable reading, satisfying naps, and relaxing sessions on your wireless devices. There is wireless 3g Internet connection. It’s slow, but you can receive and send emails. With patience, you can also surf the web.

The house sits on almost half an acre of beach-front property. There is a house for the caretaker and his family in the back part of the property, completely separate from the main house. The property has over 80 coconut trees, and the ground is mostly covered with grass. There is a sandy area coming off the beach where kids can play inside the property.

The caretaker and his wife are on call 24 hours. They will make your beds, clean the bathrooms, clean the social area, and wash dishes. They can get you fresh coconut water from the many coconuts, find you fresh fish, and run errands. They are very friendly and helpful people who are there to serve you. They can also cook you simple meals. They aren’t Cordon Bleu chefs by any stretch of the imagination, but they can rustle up tasty local dishes.

If you want to get out and visit a coffee plantation, volcano or just go sightseeing we can help you arrange the trips with a car and English speaking guide.

We are confident you will enjoy our Oasis as much as we do. Please contact us if you have questions or comments.

More Details

Phil Hand
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
1 March, 2018

About Phil Hand

I am an American from SF who came to El Salvador in 1975, set up a company,got married and have now retired here. We use the house a lot but also travel frequently too.

Phil Hand purchased this house in 1992

Why Phil Hand chose La Unión Department

We fell in love with Maculis beach the first time we saw it. The broad sandy beach, the calm Pacific ocean in front of the lot, the beautiful tall coconut trees and the tranquility of the surroundings and we were sold on it.

What makes this house unique

We named the house “El Oasis” because it is an island of calm. The area is so peaceful and calm. The Pacific ocean is not really 'pacific' but here there is a break water 500 yds in front that keeps big waves, undercurrents away, making it a calm, safe beach for you and your family to swim on and enjoy. The swinging hammocks, afternoon breeze make for a great place to relax and enjoy yourself too.

But at the same time there are a lot of activities that are available if so inclined:

We have snorkeling gear to enjoy the pretty tide pools, kayaks to go out and paddle around in or surf on, fishing of the beach or in a panga (small fishing boats available for rent) or just going beach combing.

The onsite caretakers provide you with almost anything you need so it is like being at a resort without the crowds.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in La Unión Department

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 185 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • One bathroom downstairs with shower One upstairs with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 4 bunk bed
  • One bedroom downstairs that sleeps 4 (2 in bunk beds 2 in king size bed) with a/c. View of the ocean One bedroom upstairs that sleeps 4 in bunkbeds. A/c Master bedroom upstairs with king bed, balcony, view of ocean.
  • Games
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • kayaking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Safest,most beautiful beach, well kept beach front home for relaxing/ocean sport
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Awesome great place for vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Phil thanks for giving us the opportunity to stay in your beautiful beach house. The home is not only but in an awesome place very well kept and very very clean, but the best part are the great and attentive care takers Marina and Mauricio and the family they are very nice and house warming people my family enjoyed their stay and also have not stop talking about all the attention and care received from Marina and Mauricio....definitely will be visiting again and Phil thanks for being very helpful and easy to work with to make this a very memorable vacation for my family truly appreciate you!!!

  • Review Submitted: 27/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bessy, the whole El Oasis family, myself, Mauricio, Marina and the kids are so happy that you and your family had a good time. We know that celebrating the birthday of your suegra (mother in law) was an important family event and we're glad that we could help you. We look forward to seeing you again, saludos Phil
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Great stay, exactly as advertised. Super hosts.

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've stayed at El Oasis and it didn't disappoint. Phil the owner gave really clear instructions and directions and responded quickly to questions we had before our stay. The house is beautiful and the beds super comfy. There was plenty of space for us all to spread out and do our own thing, or spend time together. Mauricio and his family are really accommodating and looked after us so well.

  • Review Submitted: 21/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kay, On behave of the whole " Oasis family" thank you for your kind words and for choosing to stay with us. Mauricio and his family enjoy having you all. We hope to see you back again soon. Un abrazo, Phil
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This place is awesome!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip, Phil the owner made booking a breeze and was always available to answer questions. The caretaker and his family were a huge help. Awesome people who took great care of us.Great food, great snorkeling, and super fun surf to play in.Can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 04/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Descanso garantizado!!

  • 5 of 5

Acabamos de volver de pasar de nuevo un excelente fin de semana alargado en El Oasis y como era de esperar, tanto la casa como las atenciones de Marina y Mauricio han estado a la altura de un excelente hotel de 5 estrellas. El lugar es ideal para descansar, leer, darse largos paseos en la playa casi privada y jugar con las olas y como no, disfrutar de las riquezas del mar, esos camarones jumbo que Mauricio siempre nos consigue, esas ostras,,,en fin,,, maravillas. La casa tiene todas las comodidades para sentirse a gusto y si tuviera que añadir algo, le añadiría una pequeña piscina donde poder refrescarse cuando el mar está más bravo. Esta será para nosotros la última ocasión de disfrutar de El Oasis porque nos toca trasladarnos lejos, pero lo echaremos de menos y dejamos a los amigos en relevo, estamos seguros de que van a volver de nuevo. Gracias Mauricio y familia por cuidar de la casa y sus huéspedes con tanto cariño. Gracias Phil por tu confianza. Hasta pronto.

  • Review Submitted: 18/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bella, Que bello tu nota! De parte mía, Mauricio, Marina y sus hijos muchas gracias por estas palabras tan bonitas de tu estudia(s) en nuestra Oasis. Tu y tu familia van a hacer falta a Mauricio y su familia. Todos les deseamos todo lo mejor en tu nuevo trabajo y esperamos que algún día pueden regresar a tener el merecido descanso y que podemos atenderles nuevamente. Un abrazo Phil
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Excelentes vacaciones en Familia!!

  • 5 of 5

Nuestro paseo al rancho El Oasis en la playa Maculis ha sido excelente, una de las mejores experiencias en familia; no solo porque el lugar es espectacular tal como se aprecia en las fotografías (en vivo es mucho mejor) sino también por las atenciones y amabilidad de Mauricio y Marina (algo que no puede apreciarse en las fotos) y que definitivamente marcan la diferencia con otros paseos realizados!! Ellos estuvieron pendientes de nosotros en todo momento tanto así que podemos asegurar que esta ha sido la primera vez que disfrutamos de un verdadero descanso pues ellos se encargaron de cuidar los detalles principalmente a la hora de la comida y hacer de nuestra estancia una experiencia encantadora!

El rancho cuenta con todas las comodidades de una casa en la ciudad y al mismo tiempo con los detalles que nos dejan saber que estamos de vacaciones en un ambiente tranquilo con una excelente vista al mar desde cualquier punto. La playa es increíble para jugar, correr o simplemente caminar y disfrutar de un bello amanecer o de las extraordinarias puestas de sol…

Tanto los pequeños como los grandes disfrutaron muchísimo ya que el rancho cuenta con el equipo necesario para gozar de experiencias increíbles tales como snorkling, piscinas que Marina y Mauricio acondicionaron para nosotros y el fabuloso y fantástico paseo en kayak para los más atrevidos!!

Todos quedamos felices y satisfechos y con muchos deseos de regresar a este paraíso llamado “OASIS”, por cierto un nombre que hace honor a su significado y que recomendamos para quienes necesitan de un excelente y confortable descanso, definitivamente una experiencia a repetir!!!

  • Review Submitted: 30/03/2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchas gracias por sus palabras tan bonitas y gentiles. Le voy a comunicarles a Mauricio y Marina lo contento que pasaron ustedes y las finas palabras que escribió sobre sus atenciones. Son personas muy especiales y hacen una estadía en El Oasis aun mas memorable. Gracias nuevamente. Phil
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Best Rental I've had

  • 5 of 5

I have been teaching in San Salvador for 3.5 years and have rented numerous houses with groups during that time period and this is the best experience I've had by a long shot. A few friends from the US were coming to visit, so with that in mind my priorities were a place with stuff to do in the ocean, an owner a trusted and liked, and a good community that represents the best of El Salvador.

The beach outside the house has much smaller waves due to a line of rocks around the cove that the rocks crash into, by the time they reach the shore they are a fraction of their original size. Their are 4 kayaks at the house which we made full use of during our time there. I also brought my surf boards and the little waves turned out to be perfect for learning how to surf. They had a boogie board at the house which my friends used as well. Their also seemed to be much more all around the ocean that places further west along the coast in El Salvador.

The owner was immediate with his responses and genuinely cared that I had a good time. He even called once while I was there to make sure everything was going well and to let me know where the best surf was because he knew that was a priority and I think the caretaker told him I wasn't having the best luck. He was very willing to also set up tours and make sure that we had everything we needed and wanted while staying at the house.

Finally, the community was amazing. The caretaker is a middle aged man named Mauricio who takes care of the place with his wife and two daughters. There are a few others from the community that get involved in the coco collecting and the fish for our meals. They are extremely good cooks as well. We had fish for both nights that we stayed and chicken for lunch on our second day. A neighbor even did a turtle release right on the beach in front of our house.

People must not choose this house because of the distance (its about a 2.5 hour drive from San Salvador), but I have to say that the drive is totally worth it! The views were great, we surfed waves on kayaks, surfboards, and boogies boards, we saw amazing sunsets and wildlife, we at amazing fish, and it was great for relaxing too. Not lost on me was how genuine and local the experience was. The caretakers family, the dogs morning ocean ritual, the cows strutting up and down the beach, the random football games on the beach, it was all too perfect. I was really sad to leave and can't wait to go back soon!

  • Review Submitted: 07/12/2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Matt, On behave of myself and the caretakers thank you ever so much for your review. We are all happy that you found the house, the beach and the service provided by the caretakers to your liking. Mauricio and his family enjoyed watching you and your friends having such a good time at our Oasis.
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Comalapa Airport (SAL)
Car: not necessary


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Rental Rates for this holiday house in La Unión Department

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest

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