Ojochal is located along the Costa Ballena in the Southern Pacific of the Costa Rican province of Puntarenas. It is perfectly situated on the coast, which means plenty of beach activities, sites and other fun adventures await in the near vicinity. Travelers will find all the amenities they expect in Central America, all with easy access to Costa Rica beaches.
COSTA BALLENA / WHALE COAST
Stretching from Dominical to Ojochal, Costa Ballena encompasses a vast stretch of a gorgeously rugged shoreline and a number of beautiful beaches. This southern Pacific region of Costa Rica features unspoiled beauty and natural charm that expresses an overarching appeal and gives a unique character to the region.
Known as the Whale Coast, for the large number of migratory whale spotted here, the most popular attraction in the area includes the unique whale and dolphin watching adventures. The lush forestation surrounding Costa Ballena is teeming with wildlife and the mangroves near Ojochal offer excellent bird watching opportunities for bird lovers. Relish in the tours to the pre-Columbian stone spheres or enjoy the ecology of the region on trips to the Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge with its miles of deserted beaches, variety of habitats and nature trails. Or you can horseback ride to the breathtaking Nauyaca Waterfalls, some 10km from Costa Ballena, and experience nature in its splendor.
Ballena Marine National Park
The Ballena Marine National Park is the major attraction in the area. Created to preserve the fragile marine ecosystem and natural habitats of the marine species, it covers around 110 hectares of coastline and 5300 hectares of ocean. Attracting millions of tourists to its beautiful coral reef each year and the park encompasses two gorgeous beaches of Ballena and Bahia while serving critical habitat to the endangered turtle species and various marine life.
OJOCHAL De OSA
Ojochal in Osa is named after the "Ojoche" tree, also known as the tree of life, as you can use it from root to leaf. Just 15 years ago, one would not believe that the land was barren, completely cut down and used as cattle pasture, it was not the lush forest we know it as today. These days, Ojochal is home to various works of living art, as many homeowners take pride in their manicured and fruitful gardens.
It is hands down, the Culinary destination of the South Pacific. With fine dining ranging from Mediterranean to Indonesian, you are sure to find a great meal. Reserve in advance as people travel from as far as Jacó to dine in a jungle atmosphere.
It is not difficult to reach Ojochal, as it can be accessed by car or bus in addition to a flight or two. The closest airport is in Palmar Sur, which requires a stop first at the main airport in the capital of San José. From Palmar Sur, visitors can drive to Ojochal in an easy, picturesque trip. For people who would rather rent a car to drive or take a bus from San José, that’s an option, as well and can include a beautiful drive down the coast of the country.
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Enjoying the Beaches
Although there are all kinds of attractions one will want to seek out during a visit to Costa Rica South Puntarenas, the beach is a great first stop. Tourists should keep an eye out for areas with “Playa” in the name, such as Playa Uvita, Playa Ventanas and Playa Pinuela. “Playa” is Spanish for “beach,” and each of those mentioned have unique features that draw visitors. Playa Tortuga is another top destination, as it can be reached only by waiting for low tide. Others offer surfing opportunities for beginners or coastal reefs that are ideal for snorkeling. Looking to explore sea caves? Head to Playa Ventantas, whose name means “windows.”
After visitors are ready to expand their pursuits beyond the beach, there are several exciting outings that will get the adrenaline flowing. For those who like to fly among the treetops – and experience the vast array of wildlife in the canopy -- an exhilarating zipline ride is the perfect solution. Prefer to keep feet on the ground? How about a guided all-terrain vehicle tour through the extreme landscapes the country features in abundance.
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Costa Rica, with its tropical climate, is home to hundreds of bird species, enough to keep bird watchers pointing at the trees and snapping photos for days. The area surrounding Ojochal is no exception. Within a short drive, tourists can enjoy plentiful bird watching as well as explore the mini ecosystems that exist in the mangrove forests that grow on the ocean’s edge. The ropy trees thrive in salty water and attract a wide range of animal, marine and avian life.
Of course, Ojochal is perfectly located to serve as a base camp for daily trips in the area. Tourists may want to check out the national parks and reserves in the area to experience more of the local wildlife. Marino Ballena National Park, for example, is on the coast and is a prime location to spot dolphins and whales off shore or to swim among the coral reefs. Corcovado National Park, meanwhile, offers a wide array of native plants and animals known to be among the most diverse in the world. Expect to see monkeys, tapirs, jaguars and macaws during the plentiful hiking opportunities in the park.
No matter what type of adventure visitors to Costa Rica are looking for, they are sure to find it in Ojochal and the surround area. Since a man does not live on bread alone, we recommend you sample some food for your dreams, try a horseback tour through the village and the rivers heading to the mountains where Mrs. Elida will welcome you when you arrive at the Ojochal waterfalls.
People who visit Ojochal enjoy participating in an array of fun activities. Travelers can get their adrenaline pumping on an ATV tour, which allows them to drive an adventure vehicle through Costa Rica's rugged terrain. Thrill-seekers may also enjoy going on a Canopy Tour, where they can see the wildlife of the local rainforest as they zoom down zip lines strung up through the treetops.
Nature lovers may enjoy going birdwatching, as the local region has been found to have more than 450 species of birds. Animal enthusiasts may also like exploring the area's mangroves, which are a unique ecosystem that lies at the border between the forest and the sea.
Some of the best Sports and Deep Sea Fishing in Costa Rica can be found offshore. Diving and Snorkeling is popular and many tours are available to go Whale Watching. The area also offers great Surfing, Horse Riding, Waterfall Hikes, Mangrove Kayak Tours, River Rafting, River Tours, Archeological Sites but to mention a few.