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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour in Dominical

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour in Dominical

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Earlier this week, we decided to take a Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour, located just a few kilometers north of Uvita right off alturas wildlife sanctuary tour logo smallHighway 34. The sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation center for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. While the sanctuary tries to release the animals back into wild; there are many animals that are unable to go back into the wild, so they become permanent residents of the sanctuary.

The sanctuary was originally started up in the mountains above the town of Cortes, which is the town just seven minutes south of our house; however, the sanctuary was not able to continue at that location due to several logistical issues. However, an owner of a hotel had extra land and buildings and inquired on what he could do to help the sanctuary. So in 2014 the sanctuary was moved to it’s current location between Dominical and Uvita.

The sanctuary will take in any non-domestic animal. There are five main reasons animals end up at the sanctuary:

  • Animals that have been electrocuted by the power lines
  • Animals who have been hurt on the highway
  • Animals who have been orphaned by the parents due to sickness/deformity
  • Animals who were unintentionally orphaned by people who didn’t realize the parents were around (hence the need for more education)
  • Animals that have been previous ‘domestic’ pets.

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour Information

Typically tours are 15 people. When we signed up it was just the two us, but by the time we arrived, the tour had 17 people. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and spoke great English. We weren’t allowed to go into the vet center, as they don’t want any diseases to be transferred or to bother the sick animals. There was also the rehabilitation location and the baby housing, which we couldn’t go see. We were only able to see the animals who permanently live in the sanctuary. These are typically animals who have been pets and now don’t know how to live in the wild or they have disabilities and wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild.

The tour cost: $25/adult ($32 if you want lunch), $15/kids (ages 3-12)

Below are some pictures of the animals we saw:

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Photo below of sloths: 3 year old sloths–actually 2 there hugging each other. When sloths in captivity when they are little, they are given stuffed animals to hug, but because they were put together they hug each other all the time.

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3 year old sloths–actually 2 there hugging each other.

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Photo below: Spider monkeys (these two were about 75 years old, which is extremely old for them–so they don’t move around munch)

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Spider monkey

Photo below: The Amazon Parrot lived in a hotel for 35+ years and doesn’t know that it can actually fly. There is nothing wrong with its wings and is kept in an open area, but it never flies away.

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Amazon Parrot who lived in a hotel for 35+ years.

Below: Baby Scarlet Macaw who couldn’t fly due to wing issue and does not eating the natural food, so can’t go back into the wild.

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Scarlet macaw (locals call them lapas)

Below is a photo of a Peccary – not related to the wild hog or any pig even though it has a snout like a pig—male was very ‘angry’.peccary alturas wildlife sanctuary

Photo below: Scarlet Macaw mate for life and like a real live love story, one of the birds couldn’t go back in the wild so the other one stays at the sanctuary, even though it can fly away.

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Okay this was a white frog that was just on the side of the hotel building wall…not really in the sanctuary, right by here there alturas wildlife sanctuary frogwas a pond that had a large koi fish and at least 5 small baby turtles.

Nocturnal and Other Animals

There were a few nocturnal animals that we weren’t able to see; hence no pictures. Those were a porcupine, kinkajou (also called honey bear; small and related to raccoon) and There was also a small American crocodile, but it was hiding in the water as it had just arrived a couple days ago, so couldn’t get a clear picture. We did see two squirrels, but we’ve all seen those so I didn’t take a picture! LOL.

Panama Owl Monkey

This animal is native to Panama, but it was illegally brought into Costa Rica over the boarder in a back pack when it was just a baby. Costa Rica was unable to get Panama to respond on how to get it back to them and into the wild there; so now it must stay by itself at the sanctuary since it’s not native and also wouldn’t know how to live in the wild now after so long. So sad really, since they are very social animals that typically roam in groups of 15+ – so sad for this guy!

Hotel Villas Alturas

I love animals, but besides the animals, the views at this hotel were AMAZING. You’ll be able to see the whale’s tail down on the shore (well hopefully you can see it!).

Tips about Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

A few things to note if you’re going to visit: you can eat lunch there, but we didn’t so can’t provide any feedback on that. The volunteers were working towards the end of our tour (approx. 2PM) and it was slightly distracting and annoying as they were loud so it was hard to hear the guide. Not sure when they do the volunteer work (i.e. feed, water, clean the animals), but beware!!!

They do provide umbrellas, as you know it can rain at anytime in Costa Rica! However, they do not provide any insect repellent and there are lots of bugs that bite, so take some with you!

The path to the enclosures is a rock path which is steep both up and down, so ensure you’re able to walk if you book the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary tour.

Volunteer Opportunities

They are always looking for volunteers to help out. In fact, several times volunteering was mentioned, but it was for a full week or, even months at a time. The reason for this is that there is quite a bit of training needed. I did inquire if a local could volunteer and it sounds promising(!), so I’m going to check into that. How amazing would it be to be around these animals once a week! Fingers crossed!

Comparing Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

This is the second wildlife sanctuary we have visited while in Costa Rica. The other one was the Toucan Sanctuary and Reserve in San Jose. While we liked the Toucan Sanctuary/Reserve in San Jose, we liked this one slightly better. The main reason we like the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Tour a bit better was because it was more in the jungle and the animals’ typical habitat. The Toucan one was in the middle of a residential neighborhood, which didn’t have quite the same feel. However, both tours are well worth visiting and the entry fee is donated to the reserves to help these animals, which is the best part!

Contact Us for more information about this tour or other services

Amy & Jason | CRLiving@osapropertymanagement.com


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Ojochal Waterfall Dreams…

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Last weekend my husband and I spent the weekend at a vacation rental house in Ojochal, that is now managed by Osa Property Management. We spent the weekend with long-time Ojochal resident Abigail (& her three kids) and another rental tenant (Derrick). After doing a majority of our work on Saturday morning, we decided it would be fun to get out of the house and do something. Abigail mentioned something about a waterfall in in the area that she used to go to as a kid, but hadn’t been there in 15+ years, so we decided that the group would go to the waterfall. Abigail couldn’t quite remember where the waterfall was, so she enlisted the help of her brother, Chuy, as he knew where it was. That’s where our Ojochal Waterfall Dreams begin…

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Our walking “trail”

When deciding to go to the waterfall, we said we were going to leave the house around 10, but in Costa Rica time, that’s really 11! While we’re still at the house, Abigail tells us we’ll be leaving in about 10 min. When we come out to leave, she asks us if we were going to swim, since we didn’t have our bathing suits on…swim? I thought we were going to a waterfall. What I found out was that in Costa Rica any time you go to a waterfall, it means you’re going to swim in the little pond underneath the waterfall…that’s what kids do in Costa Rica…so if you’re asked to go to a waterfall–wear you suit and bring a towel (we changed)!!

We headed down the road from the house onto the main road of Ojochal and turned left onto a rocky dirt road right before the sign for the 2nd grocery store. Up and then down the hill, we arrived at a bridge going over a small stream and we park. hmmm??? I’m not seeing the waterfall, but okay he’s a local so he must know. Stay focused on the Ojochal Waterfall Dreams, I tell myself…

As we follow Chuy, he goes down a hill off the side of the bridge down into this stream and starts walking….what have I gotten us into?!?!

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I know the rocks don’t look too big in the photo, but TRUST ME when walking over them, they feel 3 feet tall and are slippery!

We proceed to walk about a mile in the stream, which in most places is only ankle deep; however, there were a few spots where the water gets deeper and the rocks become bigger (and more slippery).

About this point, I’m thinking to myself:
1) This better be an awesome waterfall; and,
2) I wish Abigail would have mentioned that we were going to have to walk in a stream and that we needed to wear good water shoes to get there….(more to that story later).

Along the route, I sprain my ankle in between some of the rocks—and about gave up going the rest of the way. I wish I had been one of the kids who was being carried by Chuy and by Derrick!! My husband fell at least three times (don’t tell him I was counting and it was more than me!!). Thankfully, his camera backpack is waterproof.

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Chuy finally stops and all I see is this muddy pond….but guess there was this small entrance to the waterfall. Derrick, Abgail, and the kids all get into the water (my husband does for just a short period).

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Jason fell a few times, but still had a wonderful time!

The kids are having an amazing time playing in the mud; and Abigail and Derrick swim through the small rock through-way to the waterfall. Chuy and I don’t get in as we didn’t have our suits on.

Eventually the kids come out to have a snack, but are sent back into the water to wash the mud off. LOL. Finally, Derrick comes back and he tells us he walked 20 min past the waterfall, but didn’t see anything else exciting.

So here is the waterfall…

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My Ojochal Waterfall Dreams…came up a bit short this time.

Not even 5 foot tall!! We hiked through a stream and over huge slippery rocks (trust me they seemed huge!) to find that?! I asked Abigail, “This must have seemed big when you were a kid….”. She finally tells us (while laughing) that this wasn’t the waterfall she was thinking that we were going to…guess there was a miscommunication between her and her brother!! That’s good to see since we’ve had our share of miscommunication with locals as we learn Spanish LOL!!

Hence, this is why she didn’t tell us to bring proper shoes, as she didn’t remember walking in the stream, but on a path….well yeah…probably at the right waterfall. LOL!!

The lessons of this story are:
1) Be prepared for anything (i.e. water shoes, suits, and towels for any waterfall adventure; and,
2) This is the prime example of Pura Vida….we ended up at the completely wrong place, but we were with great people and if you go with the flow you’ll still have fun!

My Ojochal Waterfall Dreams are still alive!

Amy & Jason McIntosh


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Weekend Getaway in Ojochal at Casa Aventura

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Our Weekend in Ojochal

Last week, Nick, the owner of Osa Property Management asked us to stay Friday and Saturday night at a new property they are going to be managing. In exchange for staying at the property, we had to do a little work. This included taking notes of what needed to be fixed or replaced; along with a blog post of our “Weekend Getaway in Ojochal” ….so here it goes…

Arrival at Casa Aventura

On Friday evening we headed over to the house, which is in Ojochal, only 10 min north of our place in San Buenaventura. About 25 meters off the highway, we turned onto the road that goes past this quaint little French bakery/coffee shop and the Ojochal spa (which is amazing and cheap compared to US standards). This strip mall is right across from the Ojochal police department. I never knew it was there before. We drove maybe 1/2 mile up the mountain to the house. However, when I say up the mountain, the road was nowhere near to the length and height of other mountain roads we’ve traveled. We really thought it was excellent placement for the house, as it supposedly has ocean views but it’s really close to Ojochal town, the highway; and there wasn’t this horrendous drive to get there.

We’re following Abigail, who works for Osa Property Management, and she pulls through this gated entrance and go up a curved paved driveway. We pull up to this free standing two car garage… not something you typically see in Costa Rica–an actual garage with doors!

After we park, Abigail uses a remote control to open the sliding gate to get into the entrance of the house…not even the house itself, but the entrance, which is a covered staircase to lead you up to the house level (NOTE: The house was built on higher ground to get the amazing views). We walk through the door and immediately see the builder’s vision for this house. Take a look at this first view as you walk in the front door…

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Let’s not forget the view if you look behind you as you’re walking in the front door…yes, that is jungle mountain, which is the 2nd best view in Costa Rica!

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As you walk into the house further, you see a comfortable seating area with the TV and these vaulted ceiling with a huge gourmet kitchen with one of the largest islands I’ve seen in a house (aside from the one I sold back in the US). And all the stainless steel appliances, which again you don’t always get in Costa Rica houses. Most homes in Costa Rica may not have an oven, a dishwasher, or a microwave, so seeing all three was awesome, especially because I was cooking for the weekend! This weekend getaway in Ojochal is just what we needed.

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Amazing modern kitchen and island. Not something one sees very often in Costa Rica homes.

So many bedrooms…

We start walking around the property to check it out and it’s a HUGE house with 4 bedrooms: 1 master suite with a king bed, another, second suite, and then a room with two queen beds. The master had a shower where you could shower inside or outside, which was cool. But I didn’t choose that room…not sure why, but that would have been cool to experience showering kind of like in a balcony with these gorgeous views…but I don’t know…maybe I’d be kind of shy also…thinking who might be able to see me…of course they probably wouldn’t want to!

So we (as in I) chose the room with the King bed that had an attached bathroom (Suite #2). We left the two queen bed room for Abigail and her three kids to share, seemed to make the most sense for them to stay in that room. Our room had a great big sliding door and little balcony with good views, but can’t take a shower on this balcony! lol.

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Our bedroom for our weekend getaway in Ojochal.

In going through the house further, there was a bathroom in the hallway, which would be shared by the general living area and the room with the queen beds (Abigail’s). Plus there was an office with two desks, not sure why you’d need two desks and a sleeper-sofa. Then there was the laundry room, which is bigger than my spare bed room with a full washer and dryer with lots of cabinets and shelves for storage.

A guest house too? Wow!

Going out the laundry room there was a small stepping stone path that went to a separate guest house….who has a guest house?!?! and this is a guest house at someone’s vacation house…I’m in the wrong business! The guest house had a queen bed and separate bathroom. Beside the guest house was the pool utility room with another bathroom…glad I don’t have to clean all those bathrooms!

Coming back into the kitchen/living room looking outside was a huge covered veranda that had a couple couches for sitting and a huge table that would seat 12 for dinner!! I guess if you have a house that can sleep 12, you need to have a place to have dinner for 12! LOL.

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Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi

Just past the veranda was the private pool and Jacuzzi with those amazing views. This is what we enjoyed most – spending time relaxing by the pool with friends and enjoying the moment.

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On Friday night we were pretty tired as we got to the house around 8, so I quickly made lose meat hamburgers for my husband and Abigail and the kids. While we went to bed, Abigail stayed up to talk to some workers about the screens in the house.

Time to Work!

On Saturday morning, we started our work! We quickly went back to our house to check on our animals and grab our good camera to take these amazing photos you’re seeing. Then once we were back at the house, my husband took the photos while I made an inventory of the kitchen items. This is so the property management company can recommend to the home owner what things they should buy to help the quests who stay in the future. Then we went on to make a list of the things that need to be fixed in the house before being rented to guests, which were mostly light bulbs, which is good! cheap and easy to fix! Also on Saturday morning there were people there looking at the size of the house in order to estimate the paint job that was going to be happening soon.

Saturday evening, Derrick, who is another Osa rental tenant; and a friend of his came to the house just for Saturday night. They stayed in the master suite, which worked out well as they went swimming after dinner when we all went to bed, so they could use the sliding doors to their room that are off the pool. On Saturday night, I enjoyed cooking for everyone; in that awesome kitchen…. I cooked marinated chicken, rice with beans, green beans and carrots, and asparagus—and we all had a few cocktails…so I splurged and bought some amaretto at the store, even if it was more expensive than the airport!

Sunday morning we got up and changed all the bedding, did laundry, and cleaned up the kitchen. We were tired, so we headed home around 10 and just lazed around the rest of day. The house didn’t have internet yet and our house didn’t have internet when we got home due to the over night storm (typical Costa Rica), so we were without internet from Friday to Monday am. OMG–how did we survive!?!

Overall, it was a great weekend getaway in Ojochal and fun to spend time with Abigail, the kids, and Derrick (and friend), but we did a lot of work also—so maybe a few weeks before we agree to do this again!! lol.

Amy & Jason McIntosh

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Ojochal Luxury Home

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Ojochal Luxury Home: Casa Aventura

Osa Property Management is proud to announce the newest Costa Rica vacation home rental option: Casa Aventura. This is an amazing Ojochal luxury home with:

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6 beds
  • Comfortably sleeps 12 adults
  • Private swimming pool
  • Private Jacuzzi
  • Modern, high-quality, kitchen
  • Open floor plan for easy flow
  • Huge outdoor covered patio area with pool and ocean views
  • Gated entrance
  • Hi-speed internet
  • Cable TV
  • One floor living so all guests are on the same level
  • Close to the best restaurants in the area (less than 5 minutes from Exotica, Citrus, Mama e Papa)
  • Five minutes from Playa Tortuga and Reserva Playa Tortuga (turtle sanctuary)

The staff of Osa Property Management is still taking inventory of everything in the home and we hope to have the home available and ready beginning September 1st. We allowed a group of friends to spend a weekend in the home for some immediate feedback, ideas and input – the feedback has been WOW! Amazing! We’re coming back!

Currently the home is unavailable to rent as we work with the new owners on repairs, re-painting, buying some new furniture and replacing some artwork. However, please contact us immediately if you would like to reserve this home for your vacation or party.

Inside Ojochal Luxury Home

The open floorplan allows for easy passage from one part of the home to another part of the home. There is an easy and open flow from the kitchen area to the outdoor area (including a huge covered outdoor living area) since all rooms are on the same level.

Swimming Pool Area Ojochal Luxury Home

These large and private swimming pool and Jacuzzi provide a great place to relax – day or night during your time in Ojochal.

Photos of Bedrooms

There are a total of five bedrooms in Casa Aventura.

  1. Master Suite: King-size bed, walk-in shower, dual sinks, huge walk-in closet.
  2. Suite #2:  King-size bed, private walk-in shower, private balcony.
  3. Bedroom #3 is a huge bedroom with two queen-size beds, ocean- and pool-view.
  4. Bedroom #4 has a queen size futon is located in the office and comfortably sleeps two adults.
  5. Bedroom #5 is the third suite is located in a separate building, providing absolute privacy. This secondary building is only ten feet from the main house, but this building has its own private bathroom, shower and queen size bed.

Each of the three suites at Casa Aventura have their own privacy. In the main home, the two suites are on the “suite side” of the home. The doors for each suite are over fifteen feet away from each other in the hallway. Each of the main house suites has its own unique feature with the Master Suite having a double walk-in shower (stay tuned for photos) and Suite #2 has  a Private balcony.

We are still preparing this house for rent and will have more photos and videos coming soon. Be sure to Contact Us if you’d like to be kept updated on this. Also be sure to follow our social media channels (look for logos on top of page).

Reserve this Ojochal Luxury Home today!

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Citrus Restaurant Ojochal

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Citrus Restaurant Ojochal

Citrus Restaurant Ojochal is, arguably, the best fine-dining restaurant in the entire Costa Ballena region. Every year it seems there is a new fine-dining restaurant that opens in the area, offering new and exciting options. In fact, I would suggest, that there isn’t a bad fine-dining restaurant in the region. However, even in an increasingly crowded marketplace, Citrus continues to stand above the others.

The reason can best be described in one word: DETAILS

One reason why I prefer Citrus Restaurant Ojochal is that it has been open for nearly as long as I have been visiting and living in Costa Rica – which dates back to 2005. Back in 2005 the only real fine-dining option in Ojochal was Exotica (another amazing restaurant in Ojochal, and some would argue, an even better option than Citrus – we will discuss Exotica in a future post). Marcella Marciano opened Citrus a couple of years later. The exact location has moved between two locations, but the current location is brand new.

Menu & Food

Let start off by saying, “I am NOT a foodie or a food snob.” However, I LOVE the food at Citrus Restaurant Ojochal. The menu is unlike any other restaurant in the area, and does not have a clear definition. On the company’s Facebook page, they state “Gourmet Mediterranean inspired menu”. The Every time I go, I make myself try something new.

There is a lunch menu and a dinner menu (starts at 5 pm). The lunch menu has fewer options and is more affordably priced. The dinner menu is robust with many options to choose from. They also have options for vegans, vegetarians and almost any other dietary custom.

Service at Citrus Restaurant Ojochal

The service at Citrus is always fast, friendly and knowledgeable. They are experienced in providing great service at fine-dining restaurants. Most of them grew up in the area, and if you have a question about either the menu item or the area, they will probably know the answer. After just a couple of visits staff members will remember you and say, “Hi” (even if you are not seated in their area).

My experience is that they all speak Spanish (obviously) and English. I believe several of them may speak French also. This would make sense as the owner is a French-Canadian, and Ojochal is a large French-speaking population from the Quebec area of Canada.

I appreciate that the staff has a low turnover rate, which means that the staff is extremely knowledgeable about the food, drinks and the menu changes. It also shows that there is job satisfaction.

The Chef’s focus on both taste and presentation. Annually, Marcella takes several trips to locations in the world to learn new techniques and to get inspiration for new dishes for Citrus.

Desserts, Coffee

Citrus offers a full variety of coffee, lattes, espressos and cappuccinos. During the day, the price for a specialty coffee is less than you will find at a Starbucks in the world. When one considers the ambiance, service and quality, it is the perfect place for a business meeting or to plan the next days’ excursions.

The dessert options are a mix of decadent chocolate, fruit and a number of other deliciously ‘sinful’ options.

Vacation Rentals Nearby

If you’re a foodie, or if  you’d like to spend your time in Ojochal within five minutes of Citrus, please consider one of the following homes:

Casa Aventura

Lluvia de Brasas (coming soon!)

Ojochal Suenos


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Palmar Sur Airport May 2019

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Palmar Sur Airport May 2019 Update

This is the latest update about the Palmar Sur Airport May 2019, recorded recently from the airport. The video below includes photos and videos of the current status of the airport, along with Abigail Vargas holding one of the LED lights that will be installed on the runway.

We are cautiously optimistic that the new deadline will be reached. A lot of work still needs to be completed, but with a large and skilled crew it is feasible. We were told that the following still needs to be completed:

  • Ceiling fan installation: We were told they have been purchased and are in storage.
  • Installation of seats and benches. Again, we were told they have been purchased. Based on earlier conversations, the seats will have USB charging ports.
  • Finishing of details. As one can see in the video, workers are still hand-sanding the downspouts for quality control.
  • Final installation of landing lights. We were told most of those have been installed and are operational but it is not 100% completed yet.
  • It is unclear if the electrical and data system has been completely installed.

Revised Deadline for Completion

We will continue to monitor the progress of the Palmar Sur Airport May and June 2019 updates. As the video stated, the new target deadline for completion is July 1, 2019. We are hopeful that the July 1 deadline will be met. When this happens it will be great news to start having daily flights to and from San Jose again.

If you would like information about vacationing in the Osa region of Costa Rica, please fill out the form below. We typically respond within 24 hours. You may also send us a text or WhatsApp message to +16128198154 or +50671001006. Palmar Sur is a great location for those looking to visit Sierpe, Chontales, San Buenas, Ojochal or Uvita. Palmar Sur is located across the Terraba River from Palmar Norte.

Photos Palmar Sur Airport

Below are some photos from Palmar Sur Airport May 2019.


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Kayaking in Tarcoles River

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Kayaking in Tarcoles River

Costa Rica has many exhilarating adventure options for the adrenaline junkie in your group. However, recently a good friend of ours sent us this video of him taking a group kayaking in Tarcoles River. He shot this video several years ago and wanted others to see it.

The Tarcoles River is an extremely popular destination for tourists to Costa Rica. It is located just north of Jaco, approximately one hour from Juan Santamaria international airport. The reason Tarcoles is popular is because of the crocodiles that live in the Tarcoles River. The video below takes it to an extreme level of crocodile observation.

This is one adventure we do NOT recommend doing – even our friend no longer kayaks in this area of the Tarcoles River. However, we felt it worth sharing so visitors to our website can see how big the crocodiles can get in the Tarcoles River.

If you group doesn’t have any small children in it, we do recommend observing the crocodiles from a distance on the Tarcoles River Bridge. Observing from the bridge has its own potential hazards including speeding traffic and narrow sidewalks with no official observation deck. Look at this video for visiting Tarcoles.

Osa Property Management has plenty of other custom tours we can offer guests. Additionally, we can schedule established tours and adventures for you and your group, while visiting Costa Rica. Contact us for our recommended tours – don’t worry, kayaking in Tarcoles River is not one of them.


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San Buenas Road Paving

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San Buenas Road Paving

On the morning of Saturday, December 15, 2018, I awoke to the distant sound of heavy machinery operating somewhere in the San Buenas area of Osa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica (“san buena, costa rica” in Google Maps). This isn’t completely unusual right now given that the November storms caused quite a bit of damage in the area, and developments and homeowners have been slowly repairing their property now that the heavy rains are all but gone. However, around 11 am I headed towards the San Buenas Pulparia (convenience store) to pick up some more coffee and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the sound of the heavy machinery was from the Osa Municipality who had begun improving Main Street.  Given all the rumors that I’ve heard throughout the years, the San Buenas Road Paving project is something that I thought would never be done – at least not this “soon”

San Buenas Road Paving is going to be a wonderful enhancement for everyone living in the San Buenas region. Check out the video for more information.

I spoke with a couple of administrators from the Osa Municipality on Monday, 17 December, to ask them about the timeline of the San Buenas Road Paving.  According to these administrators, the current plan is for the municipality to begin paving the road in February 2018 (exact date unknown, although we will keep everyone updated once the project starts) and they will pave one kilometer of the road. One kilometer in San Buenas will mean that the road is paved to the public elementary school and the local Catholic Church.

I asked them about the possibility of having Las Villas de San Buenas work with the local community to pave even more of the road, and to share the costs, and they suggested I work with the newly formed community road board. I had already spoken with the President of that board the day before, so I will continue to see what can be done to pave even more.

Regardless of the outcome of the additional meters of pavement, it will be wonderful to have SOME pavement in San Buenas.

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Dominical Paved Road

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Dominical Paved Road

There have been fewer rumored infrastructure projects discussed in the Bahia Ballena/Osa region than whether or not there will be a Dominical paved road or if it will stay as gravel. As one can see, the rumors are finally becoming a reality. As of December 2018 there will be a Dominical Paved Road running from the Costanera Highway (Highway 34) down 50 meters into Dominical (past Delicias), turning left (south) at the first intersection, at the only stop sign in town, and then going all the way through Dominical until the ICE tower.

Additionally, the Dominical Paved Road will head north from the stop sign for several hundred meters also.

Dominical Paved Road Spanish

Below is Abigail Vargas explaining the Dominical paved road in Spanish.

Throughout Dominical (both north and south of the stop sign), large, new drainage systems have been built or are in the final stages of completion. All told, this is a very large infrastructural project that is being completed by the Osa Municipality to improve the customer experience of visiting Dominical.

The Dominical Paved Road is not without its opponents, however. There is a group of long-term resident ex-pats who prefer to keep the ruggedness of Dominical and consider the dusty, bumpy, road as Dominical’s “charm”. I used to work for a company based in Dominical’s main street and I can attest that breathing in the dust all day, fighting for precious parking spots on the narrow and undefined road and watching vehicles and buses come dangerously close to hitting pedestrians, will not be missed by many.

As many people know, Dominical is home to some of the world’s best surfing, has a great funky and energetic vibe and is a beautiful place to watch the sunset. Due to these amazing benefits, making the road safer for travelers, visitors and the people who work in Dominical, the Dominical paved road will be greatly appreciated.


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Perez Zeledon International Airport

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On December 18, 2018, Nick Halverson, owner of Osa Property Management, sat down with Perez Zeledon’s City Council President Hanz Cruz, to discuss the potential Perez Zeledon International Airport. This has been something Perez Zeledon has been working hard on for over four years, and the preliminary work is coming to completion.

The embedded video of the conversation is approximately twelve minutes long and includes other planned projects that will enhance living in the Osa region, especially Playa Hermosa, Uvita, Ojochal, San Buenas and Chontales. Perez Zeledon’s City Council is also planning on working with the Osa Municipality in a joint project to pave the road connecting Uvita and San Isidro. This would cut down the travel time traveling between those two towns by over 50%. Along with the construction of the planned Perez Zeledon International Airport, the entire Osa and San Isidro region will grow.

As many people know, there have been rumors for years about an international airport in the southern zone of Costa Rica, however, that plan is “dead”. It is no longer being pursued for a variety of reasons. Read my blog post from a couple of years ago about why I believe the southern zone airport is a ‘no-go’ and why the Perez Zeledon International Airport is currently the best possible option for the region.

Hanz Cruz also has heard unconfirmed rumors that the Orotina airport project is currently stalled or stopped all together. However, those are just rumors. If you know anything more about the Orotina airport project, please comment below or privately submit what you have heard. We appreciate keeping everyone up-to-date with accurate information.

As with any major infrastructure change there will be those in favor of it and those against it. However, for the thousands of business owners, local Costa Rican’s and ex-pats, who spend hours traveling to and from the area, a new Perez Zeledon International airport will be a wonderful resource.


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