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Ojochal Library

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Ojochal Library

In the community of Ojochal de Osa there is a library full of stories and unforgettable moments. Access is available at the Ojochal Library for local residents and visitors alike. This library is the result of many people working together to make this dream come true.

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Ojochal Library Project

The Ojochal Library project was completed in 2009. It all started with an ex-pat visitor who wanted to find a place to donate her books while on vacation. The idea generated a lot of interest in the community. A run-down community building was not being used in the middle of town. It was decided that would be the best location for the library.

Locals and ex-pats alike volunteered to remodel the building. Thanks to many donations of time, money and other resources, the library became a reality in 2009. It is a shining example of what Costa Rica and what the Ojochal community is like. Friendly. Working together.

Books in Three Languages

This library has more than 2,000 books, stories, novels and learning for adults, adolescents, and children. Additionally, there are books in three languages: Spanish, English, and French. Donations have come from residents of Ojochal, who come from many parts of the world.

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Please consider donating to the Ojochal Library

Donations are Welcomed

The library is always looking for more books to grow its collection. If you are traveling through, or you currently live in, Ojochal, please consider donating any books you no longer want. Additionally, the library would appreciate any tables, chairs, desks, boardgames, crayons, pencils, etc. These donations help ensure that those that need these resources most, have easy access to them.

Ojochal Library Hours of Operation

The hours of operation may change at any moment, but they currently are:

  • Monday: 10 am - noon
  • Wednesday: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Thursday: 10 am - noon

All workers at the library are volunteers. They are always looking for more volunteers to be able to keep the library open more hours of the week. Please contact them directly if you are interested in volunteering, or send Osa Property Management a note and we will contact them for you.

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Ojochal Library Hours of Operation

Ojochal Library Contact Information

The people in charge of managing this place are the members of the Development Association (ADI), but if you want to collaborate with this valuable initiative you can do so by contacting Katherine Sturk by email: kbribson@hotmail.com or WhatsApp +506.8432.2724

We offer several Ojochal Vacation Rentals in Ojochal that are within minutes of the library. Contact us if you would like more information about one of the home rentals in the area.


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RITEVE 2020

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RITEVE 2020 New Rules

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Hours of operation for RITEVE 2020 Palmar Sur

Due to the events about the Coronavirus/COVID19, and the health measures ordered by the Ministry of Health and the government of Costa Rica, RITEVE 2020 has rules. These new provisions are in place to better serve and to protect those needing a vehicle inspection.

What is RITEVE?

All vehicles in Costa Rica must be inspected annually for a variety of electronic, mechanical and 'output' testing. For RITEVE 2020 there are new schedule hours during the month of April 2020. The following is for the mobile Palmar Sur RITEVE 2020 inspections. The dates of operation are April 14-30, 2020. During the week RITEVE 2020 will be open Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. They are also available by appointment for special circumstances.

All appointments must be made in advance via the RITEVE official website.

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Rules explaining the health precautions being taken by RITEVE during COVID19

However, they warn that they will not appear in the following cases:
*People with symptoms related to COVID-19.
*People who have been in quarantine or with relatives confirmed with the virus.
*Customers who come with other passengers in the vehicle (only one person is served per vehicle).

These are the corresponding rates according to the type of vehicle that must be paid before the vehicle is tested.

Light vehiclePriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 14.095,00¢ 1.832,35¢ 15.927,35
Reinspección¢ 7.047,50¢ 916,18¢ 7.963,68
MotorcyclesPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 9.285,00¢ 1.207,05¢ 10.492,05
Reinspección¢ 4.642,50¢ 603,53¢ 5.246,03
Heavy vehiclePriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 18.560,00¢ 2.412,80¢ 20.972,80
Reinspección¢ 9.280,00¢ 1.206,40¢ 10.486,40
EspecialesPrice   IVATotal
Inspección¢ 18.560,00¢ 2.412,80¢ 20.972,80
Reinspección¢ 9.280,00¢ 1.206,40¢ 10.486,40
BusesPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 18.560,00¢ 2.412,80¢ 20.972,80
Reinspección¢ 9.280,00¢ 1.206,40¢ 10.486,40
TaxisPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 15.205,00¢ 1.976,65¢ 17.181,65
Reinspección¢ 7.602,50¢ 988,33¢ 8.590,83
MAG card lightPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 10.711,00¢ 1.392,43¢ 12.103,43
Reinspección¢ 5.355,50¢ 696,22¢ 6.051,72
Heavy MAGPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 12.438,00¢ 1.616,94¢ 14.054,94
Reinspección¢ 6.219,00¢ 808,47¢ 7.027,47
AgricolaPriceIVATotal
Inspección¢ 8.545,00¢ 1.110,85¢ 9.655,85
Reinspección¢ 4.272,50¢ 555,43¢ 4.827,93

You can consult the rates directly the following link: https://www.rtv.co.cr/tarifas/

There is an initial Inspection rate that all vehicles must pay, based on the type of vehicle. The type of vehicle is determined by RITEVE and cross-referenced with the license plate history of the vehicle. Most vehicles do not pass all of the tests the first time. Every time a vehicle goes through the inspection process there is a fee to pay. Each subsequent fee after the first inspection is charged at the re-inspection rate. The re-inspection rate is less than the original inspection fee.

If a vehicle fails to pass all of the tests, then that vehicle will not be able to legally be on the road within 30 days of the original inspection or at the end of the month of the expiring RITEVE.

For appointments and information call 905-7880000 or visit the website https://www.rtv.co.cr


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Juan Santamaría is a Costa Rica Hero

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Juan Santamaria

His name is Juan Santamaría. Today his name may be recognizable for those traveling into or out of San Jose's largest airport. The airport in San Jose, airport code SJO, is officially named after Juan Santamaria.  He is known by Costa Rican's as a national hero.

Early Life & Death

He was born on August 29, 1831, in Alajuela, Costa Rica. At the time Alajuela was the capital of Costa Rica, following Costa Rica's independence in 1821. He died on April 11, 1856 in Rivas, Nicaragua during the second battle of Rivas.

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William Walker Conquers Nicaragua

The story of Juan Santamaria starts with William Walker. Costa Rica was in the middle of a war against William Walker. Walker was a power-hungry physician-lawyer-mercenary from the United States of America who was attempting to overthrow all of Central America to establish English speaking colonies under his control. Walker was successful in overthrowing the Nicaraguan government in early 1856 and declared himself President of Nicaragua on July 12th of that year. After overthrowing Nicaragua, he continued heading south to Costa Rica, where he declared war against Costa Rica on March 1, 1856.

Walker Starts War with Costa Rica

The President of Costa Rica (Juan Rafael Mora Porras) publicly asked for any man who was able to fight and to defend Costa Rica to band together and head to Nicaragua. History states that Juan Santamaría was a poor laborer and the illegitimate son of a single mother. In other words, he had very little prospects or hope for much success. Seeing this as an opportunity to have an adventure and possibly improve his situation, he proudly joined the army as a "drummer boy". Even though he was twenty-five years old at the time, the term "drummer boy" is still used to describe him in multiple online locations.

Juan Santamaria Dies

The Costa Rican troops headed north from Alajuela and won a small battle in Santa Rosa, Guanacaste. Walker lost 26 soldiers in the battle. From Santa Rosa, the troops marched fifty miles to Rivas, Nicaragua arriving on April 8, 1856. The goal of the Costa Rica army was to drive Walker out of a hotel or inn, that provided an advantageous fighting position. The battle that broke out is known as the Second Battle of Rivas. The Costa Rican's were unable to gain an advantage and resorted to trying to burn down the building that Walker was based in. Juan Santamaria, the 'drummer boy', agreed to lead the charge to burn down the building where Walker was hiding. Santamaria grabbed a torch and set fire to the building which resulted in the Costa Rican army winning the battle, but unfortunately Juan Santamaria was killed during the battle.

His actions were immediately remembered, and his spirit for freedom and decisive actions, is still celebrated today.

Costa Rica Remembers Juan Santamaria Every Year

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Children in Ojochal celebrating Juan Santamaria day.

For his delivery despite being so young (25 years) in his honor, the Alajuela International Airport bears his name and there is also the Juan Santamaría Historical Cultural Museum, there is also a bronze statue in a park in Alajuela and another in the Assembly Legislative of Costa Rica.

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Children in Ojochal celebrating Juan Santamaria day.

In schools and some public institutions every April 11 is celebrated as the day of Juan Santamaria (Battle of Rivas) with costumes and typical dances of Costa Rica.


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Team Building at Artesian Chocolate Tour

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Recently, the staff of Osa Property Management and some of our vacation home renters, spent an unforgettable day at an artesian chocolate tour. This was the first team-building exercise we had done at Osa Property Management. With much expectation and prepared to spend some pleasant hours, we arrived at the place where Ronald Alpizar was waiting for us in charge of this educational tour. The first thing that surprised us was a monkey and a sloth who were in one of the wonderful trees typical of this area, attendees had the opportunity to take great pictures.

The tour begins with a talk about the production and origin of cocoa to Costa Rica and as according to history the ancestors used these seeds to change them as money, also in rituals chocolate was known as “the drink of the gods” .

During his explanation, Ronald tells us how they make the process by hand so that the cocoa beans become a delicious cup of chocolate, for that we made a tour on the paths where the trees are planted and thus be able to observe the fruit , which changes from green to yellow when ready to be picked up.

After observing the plants, get to work to make the chocolate. When we opened the fruit we could taste the seeds after extracting them. The next step is to roast them on the fire for a few minutes until they change the color to black, in this process all the attendees of the tour can participate cooking the seeds, it is very fun to move them. Then the shell is removed and ground by hand with an indigenous stone to form a homogeneous paste. In the fire the milk is placed in a cooking pot and the ground chocolate is poured to enjoy a delicious, completely handmade and natural drink with the only flavor of true chocolate.

If you would like to experience and enjoy the Osa Artesian Chocolate tour, please contact us below. Simply fill out, and submit, the form below. Likewise, contact us via WhatsApp/text/call at +506.7100.1006


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New Ojochal ASADA Office

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On December 14, 2019, the new Ojochal ASADA Office and administration building was opened. There was a large celebration, several tents, food, live music and a ribbon cutting ceremony. The activity had a large presence of over 150 people, including neighbors and community members, officials from different ASADA offices in the Osa region. Additionally, there were and special guests including the Mayor of Osa, Alberto Cole, and senior administrators from AyA.

I was fortunate to be asked to be the masters of ceremonies and to lead the event. It was a great honor to be asked to lead such an important event in the Ojochal community.

Speeches & Live Music

There were several speeches and some live music performed by a local musician. In the speeches the different guests said they were pleased to be in an opening of such importance showing that when they work together, great things are achieved, they also reiterated the admiration for the development that the community of Ojochal has had.

During the activity, attendees were able to enjoy artistic presentations such as the Coronado band and singer Alvaro Hernandez, who made everyone in the audience happy with his music. After the ribbon cutting event the local marching band and drum corp came to entertain.

Ojochal Growth

The new Ojochal ASADA office was necessary due to the old building not being able to sufficiently service the community. When the old building was built, Ojochal was a small community. However, over the past two decade, Ojochal has grown tremendously. With this growth, comes an increase in water demand. New homes, new restaurants and commercial locations, the demand on water, and the administration of the growing system, could not continue to be properly managed in the old building.

Osa Property Management manages several homes in Ojochal, and we have experience working with the Ojochal ASADA.

The new Ojochal ASADA office has a large customer service area, several private offices, a meeting room, a kitchen and a bathroom. It should be enough space to properly administer the Ojochal area for the foreseeable future.

Osa Mayor Alberto Cole, and other dignitaries, cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the official opening of the ASADA office.

Hours of Operation

The new Ojochal ASADA office welcomes you! It is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 md and from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm. For more information, call the Ojochal ASADA office at 2786-5714.

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Over 150 people attened the new Ojochal ASADA office opening.

Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal Property Management

Osa Property Management Experts  have lived and managed homes in the region for over 16 years. Not only do we live here, but we are one of the few LEGAL property management companies in the area with legally working, full-time, and fully insured employees (this protects YOU from potential legal problems also).

Our Team will ensure your property is well-maintained and actively rented (if you want to offer your home as a vacation rental).

We are focused on Hatillo, Dominical, Playa Hermosa, Uvita, San Buenas, Chontales and Ojochal property management.

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We ensure our clients, whether renting a home, or buying Costa Rica real estate to develop, have a positive experience.

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