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Beach Front House, Surf, Fish, Chill, Large, Very Private, Family Friendly

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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.

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Gracias, The Staff

More Details

Doug Harley
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

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 La Libertad Department

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • No outside visitors, unless pre-approved by the owners. As this is a very private & secured property
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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)
  • 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
    Common space - 2 sofa bed/futon , there are 2 air mattresses available for additional guests
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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
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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Beach Front House, Surf, Fish, Chill, Large, Very Private, Family Friendly
average rating of 4.818182 based on 13 reviews

Doug’s place is amazing and I can’t wait to get ba

  • 5 of 5

I was a novice at vrbo so this review Is way late...:(. Sorry Douglas! The place is fantastic for surf or just chilling! Great food prepared by mama Maria! Fantastic all around!

Aloha Doug!


  • Review Submitted: 24/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks So Much, your group is amazing and the Family (care takers) absolutely had a blast catering to your every meal. We can’t wait for you to return, the Surf is waiting for you and your crew !! Mucho Mahalo, Doug
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Bluffton S.C USA

If you surf this is the house for you

  • 5 of 5

Great house with a great view! Doug was a great host!

  • Review Submitted: 26/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Guys, it was a pleasure having you in El Salvador, I was excited by how outgoing you guys were in exploring the Country. We look forward to having back at anytime.
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San Diego

Perfect beach/surf get-a-way!

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to Casa de Karma was incredible. First and foremost, Doug was an amazing host. He took the time before our trip to talk to us about everything to expect and know starting from the minute we stepped off the plane until arriving at his property. He even hooked us up with a local grocery list of food to buy for our stay on the way to his place. Doug made sure we were never without during our stay from surf destinations to adventures to creature comforts. As well, Doug made it very easy to plan any day trips such as a waterfall tour or surf trip down the coast.

When we arrived at his place, we were blown away by the incredible views, not to mention a perfect right point break out front. It was easy to stay at his place all day with access to surf, swimming in his private pool or even just relaxing in the hammock. His property was secure and we felt safe throughout our stay. The A/C in the rooms is also a bonus!

Doug employs some amazing local hands who took excellent care of us especially Maria whipping up delicious meals throughout the day.

We highly recommend visiting El Salvador if not for the amazing surf then for the incredible culture, people and sites. If you are lucky enough to make the trip you 100% want to stay with Doug at Casa de Karma.

  • Review Submitted: 22/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much you two, it was super fun hosting your trip to El Salvador. The Family at the property loved you guys and were very grateful for the gifts that you left for them. As were all the kids in the neighborhood that quickly became your friends in and out of the water. We look forward to having you back en el bario pronto! Saludos, Doug y La Familia
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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!


  • Review Submitted: 29/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 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: 14/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: March 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: 06/01/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 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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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


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in La Libertad Department

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nightly Rate
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
1 Aug 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
20 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$79.29
cleaning AU$67.19 + Tax

Property is not suggested for infantile children, recommended age is 7 years plus.
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 if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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