Ocean Front, Large Private Property , Friendly Surf, Excellent Staff, Memorable
- english, spanish
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. 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. El Salvador has so much to do and see, as well as it is safe and secure to travel. Poetry in Motion by the Ocean! Come Join US Soon !
Doug Harley purchased this House in 1997
Why Doug Harley chose Chiltiupan
The surf break out front has always been one of my favorites. 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) which is right at the bottom of the stairs to the beach, 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. The Property itself is amazing as it is spans over 30 acres with miles of 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 dripping t=from the ceilings, 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. With a great view of The KM59 & KM61 point breaks, you simply choose your point prior to walking down the stairs to indulge yourself in 86 degree water and perfect waves. Maria and Family will be sure that you are well fed before and after very surf session. As will the locals with their fresh oysters, lobster, fish & pupusas to offer daily. The local boys who fish the beach will also host your dinner seaside after preparing it in banana leaves over their blazing fire. When the music starts around the fire, you may end watching the sun rise then paddling out into off shore groomed barreling SURF! Our goal is to engulf you in the local Culture while you surf yourself silly. Saludos Doug
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. We also offer a menu of Country tours.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Outside Only NOT IN OR NEAR POOL
Consult with owner
crib available upon demand
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
No outside visitors, unless pre-approved by the owners. As this is a very private & secured property
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Best Location, Amazing Views,Instant Access Surfing,Incredible Hospitality,Best Cultural Experience
My Family and I had an amazing stay at Casa de Karma.
The Care Takers are incredibly friendly and very understanding of our lack of language skills.
Maria’s meals that she prepared for us multiple times daily were so tasty and made with special touches.
The beach and surf was just a short walk down the stairs and was perfect us as it was friendly, warm and uncrowded.
The local kids knew our names by our 2nd day & brought us seafood galore, fresh fish, lobster, oysters (shucked and ready to eat) we were in Pacific Ocean heaven.
We felt right at home, safe and incredibly welcome in this very special little neighborhood.
We also had an amazing cultural experiences while visiting, as they set up daily tours of the different highlights of the Country, waterfalls, Mayan ruins, volcanoes, zip lining and too much to do on one trip.
We look forward to returning next year!
Gracias, Maria, Ernesto, Micol & Antonio
Doug’s place is amazing and I can’t wait to get ba
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!
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
If you surf this is the house for you
Great house with a great view! Doug was a great host!
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.
Perfect beach/surf get-a-way!
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.
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
Casa de Karma
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!
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
Cliff side surf house paradise
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.
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
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