Casa Kickapoo is all about being out and enjoying the water. Although most of our guests come to relax and get away from it all, there are others that come to enjoy the outdoors.
Depending on what the surf or tides are doing, we usually paddle out in the mornings or late afternoons. The estuary and ocean combo is perfect for paddle boards as it offers both flat water paddling and surfing opportunities. Grab a surf board, paddle board or kayak anytime you like!
Yoga, Rebirthing and massage sessions are also available upon request. Please contact us in advance to arrange your sessions as there are no resident instructors or therapists.
For fishing enthusiasts we offer trolling for red snapper, snook or grouper through the estuary’s mangrove channels. These trips can be booked as half or full days and can take you all the way to the river mouth of the largest river in El Salvador, Rio Lempa.
If you would rather try your luck at deep sea fishing, you can also book a full day trip with us. For your convenience, pick up and drop off is directly from our pier. We work with several charters that will suit your group size or budget. Whether it is watching the dolphins play as you ride out into the open ocean, enjoy the thrill of the catch, or simply spend some quality time with family or friends, your deep sea adventure will be one you will want to tell your friends about.
We also offer guided scuba diving and paragliding trips. Although neither can be done at Casa Kickapoo, we do day trips to several spots around the country.
Most diving in El Salvador is done at 3 different locations:
- Los Cobanos: Located in the department of Sonsonate, about 2 hours drive from Costa del Sol offers the biggest coral reef system in the Pacific side of Central America. There are several 19th century shipwrecks scattered nearby that are very shallow and accessible to beginner divers. Big animal encounters are possible, with occasional whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and Goliath groupers. Humpback whales and their calves are common from November to March, and often let our boats get close enough for an experience of a lifetime! Visibility is best during our summer months, from November through April.
- Lake Ilopango: Is a volcanic crater lake located 30 minutes from the capital and bordering the departments of San Salvador, La Paz and Cuscatlan. This is the biggest lake in the country at 72sq KM and over 200 meters deep. It has a rocky topography and offers spectacular wall and night diving. Las Tres Virgenes, or ‘The Three Ladies’ is a well known dive site that sits at 60ft. Each statue is 3 meters high and weights 800lbs. A 3mm full wet suit is all you need.
- Lake Coatepeque: Is also a crater lake located in the department of Santa Ana covering an area of about 26sq KM and 120 meters deep. This is a very scenic lake as it is surrounded the green and lush landscape of Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana Volcanoes. There are several good dive sites scattered all around the lake, but the best diving is around Isla Teopan, which used to be a Mayan site of some importance and is now home to beautiful private weekend properties. This lake is a lot colder than Lake Ilopango. Depending on your chill tolerance you might get by with a 3mm wet suit. For deep dives we suggest a 7mm wet suit. For added warmth and comfort consider adding a hooded vest.
There are several good paragliding sites across the country, with Tamanique in La Libertad and Lake Ilopango being the most consistent. The flying season starts in November and ends in April. There is no gear available for rent, so you need to bring everything you will need to fly, including helmets, boots, gloves, instruments, etc.
We sometimes offer an intro to paragliding at Costa del Sol. Guest get the opportunity to experience ‘free flight’ once the tandem pilot releases the towing line from a truck mounted winch. This is the only way to get up and fly in many places around the world with no mountains. We sometimes get above 1,000 ft; sled rides to the beach can last up to 10 – 15 minutes, depending if we can find lift close to some apartment buildings.