As we all adjust to the challenges of COVID19, our staff has put together a video montage of "Costa Rica Vacation Memories". Most of the photos come from our vacation rental clients. We appreciate their willingness to share their memories with everyone! Costa Rica is such a wonderful and beautiful place to visit, but right now the country's borders are closed.
Let us know if you have a Costa Rica Memories photo you'd be willing to share. We will make a new video in the next couple of weeks. We didn't want to make the video too long, but we have been contacted by other guests wanting to see themselves in one of our videos.
Quick Update on COVID19 in Costa Rica
The Costa Rican government has closed all of the beaches and National Parks due to COVID19. Therefore, the Costa Rica Memories you see in the video is the best way to experience Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal and San Buenas right now. We will keep everyone updated as the restrictions are eased.
The great news is that Costa Rica has only had six deaths related to the coronavirus (as of May 4th, 2020). This is due in large part to the strict enforcement of their social distancing plans.
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If you would like more information about renting a vacation home in the Bahia Ballena region, please fill out the form below. We will contact you within 48 hours. Alternatively, feel free to send us a text message or a WhatsApp message to either +16128198154 (North America) or +50671001006 (Costa Rica).
We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you make your own Costa Rica Vacation Memories!
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.
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.
Remodeling the building
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.
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.
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: [email protected] 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.
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.
Diana Morales, from Osa Property Management, was the master of ceremonies at the event.
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.
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.
Over 150 people attened the new Ojochal ASADA office opening.
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…
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?!?!
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.
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).
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…
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!
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:
Comfortably sleeps 12 adults
Private swimming pool
Modern, high-quality, kitchen
Open floor plan for easy flow
Huge outdoor covered patio area with pool and ocean views
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.
Suite #2: King-size bed, private walk-in shower, private balcony.
Bedroom #3 is a huge bedroom with two queen-size beds, ocean- and pool-view.
Bedroom #4 has a queen size futon is located in the office and comfortably sleeps two adults.
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).
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.
World-class Citrus Restaurant in Ojochal
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.
Kimichi at Citrus Restaurant: Ojochal
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.
Look for the fork
Part of the menu
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:
Recently we made several visits over the course of a week to Palmar Sur in order to provide a Palmar Sur airport update. The remodeling project began in August 2018 and involves many wonderful upgrades and updates from the previous airport terminal. The goal for the construction crew, based on several interviews with the Project Manager of the project, is to have the construction phase of the airport completed by December 30, 2018. Watch the video below or watch it on YouTube here.
We are doubtful that all of the work will be done by the end of the calendar year 2018. As of December 1, 2018, the following work still needs to be completed - and this is only a list of what we know about and can make assumptions about:
Half the runway and the area near the terminal needs to be paved with more asphalt.
Roof needs to be put on (we were told this won't take very long given the design and materials being used for the roof)
Internal walls are still being built
Skim-coating of 90% of the walls
Installation of CAT5 lines, telephony hardware, electrical lines and plug-ins
Finishing work - which would take at least a week on this type of building
Installation of the custom made benches we were told about (with power plug-ins)
Perimeter fence needs to be moved to the property boundary
Federal inspections by engineers and outside project evaluators
With everything that needs to be completed before opening, along with the Christmas/Holiday season just a couple of weeks away, we don't expect it to be ready anytime before February 1, 2019...at best.
In the short-run, this is definitely an inconvenience, and it is a bit frustrating that they didn't start the construction in May 2018, instead of August. Had they started the work in May, that would have left sufficient time to complete the remodel in time for the high season which is now starting (December 2018).
In the long-run, this is a wonderful upgrade and we will all soon forget the temporary inconvenience this closure has caused. Let us know your thoughts about the Palmar Sur Airport Update.
Also, if you are planning a trip to the Osa/Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica in 2019, or later, be sure to submit a form below to let us know and to let us help you with your trip planning. Additionally, if you are a home or lot owner in the region, contact us for a no-obligation bid on our property management services.
Lisa and Scott Norman are USA-Expats living in Costa Rica who want to share their stories with others who are visiting and/or considering a move to Costa Rica. They have experienced the highs and the lows of making a big move and will continue writing about their experiences here, on their Costa Rica Living Blog. Osa Property Management has provided them a platform for them to share their experiences in an unbiased, and personal, way. The following post will provide a little about their background and what made them ultimately choose to move to Costa Rica. Enjoy getting to know the people behind the Costa Rica Living Blog - Lisa & Scott Norman!
Scott grew up in Illinois, after attending college he began working in sales. He first started at a automotive dealership as a salesman and over many years moved up to Vice President of the dealership. As time went by, Scott decided it was time for a move to warmer temperatures. He always loved visiting the beaches of the gulf coast and decided Panama City Beach, Florida was the place for him. With his many years of sales experience, Scott quickly landed a job selling yachts and sport yachts for the largest boat/yacht dealership in Panama City Beach. Although Scott loved being around the yachts and especially the sea trials he decided it was time for his sales experience to go towards a new direction.
Scott had been introduced to a recreational vehicle dealer that was looking for an experienced salesman and Scott was just the man for the job. Scott continued the rest of his career in the RV sales business and became the 'go-to-man' for Tiffin Motorhomes.
Lisa was born in Florida, but grew up in the southern area of Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from the University of Alabama with her degree in Graphic Design and Photography, Lisa moved just a little north of her hometown where she landed a job in graphic design. After three years, Lisa was ready to spread her wings and really wanted to move to Panama City Beach, Florida where she vacationed with her family.
Lisa was thrilled to find her 'dream job' and she moved to Panama City in November 1992 and started working as a graphic artist and photographer for a contractor on Tyndall Air Force Base. Over the years Lisa became the main photographer on base, she documented all types of events to include: award ceremonies, graduations, change of command ceremonies, retirements as well as day to day activities all over the base and on the flightline. She also shared the responsibility of on-call alert photographer for all after-hour emergencies.
Lisa made many wonderful friends while working on base and spent many weekends SCUBA diving and spearfishing with the Tyndall Dive club. Lisa spent a total of 21 years working at the base, starting off in the staff positions and moved her way up to assistant manager and finally Contract Manager for the Multimedia Center at Tyndall Air Force Base. Lisa had the opportunity to photograph two Presidential visits as well as numerous other distinguished visitors over her many years on the job.
For all her years of hard work, the wing commander awarded Lisa the a flight in one of the base's F-15 Fighter Jets. Many years later, Tyndall AFB changed from a training base to a combat base and, unfortunately for Lisa and her staff, at the end of 2013 most contractor positions were replaced by active duty personnel. Her dream job of 21 years had come to an unexpected end.
After years of photographing F15 fighter jets, Lisa was awarded a flight of her own.
Scott and Lisa met in 2002 and later married in 2004. They both love the Panama City, Florida, USA, area and the beaches of the gulf coast. Both Lisa and Scott were very busy with their careers, and they spent most of their free on their boat with friends at Shell Island or riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle with friends.
Scott & Lisa enjoying an afternoon during their "Harley Years"
In 2017, Scott was eligible for retirement and they decided it was time to sell everything and move to Costa Rica. Since they arrived in Costa Rica, these Retire in Costa Rica Bloggers have learned many things; from opening a bank account to buying a car and eventually getting their Costa Rica residency. Keep following the Costa Rica Living Blog here at Osa Property Management to learn from their experiences.
Other posts by Living Costa Rica experts Lisa & Scott Norman
We think you can probably tell by the photo above that we recently had a very fun evening - which was for a very good cause. Anytime we spend time with friends, enjoy great food AND make a difference in the community - that makes a great evening! We attended the Halloween Spooktacular/fundraiser at The Bamboo Room restaurant in Ojochal for the El RefUgio Costa Ballena Benefit. This is a yearly event that raises money for El RefUgio Costa Ballena which is an animal rescue organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption, of abandoned dogs and cats in the Costa Ballena region.
El RefUgio Costa Ballena Benefit also will use the funds raised to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats by hosting low cost spay and neuter clinics throughout the region. The work this organization does is performed primarily with the help of only volunteers and donations, so every dollar and colon matters.
The Bamboo Room generously hosted this event and held numerous raffles and giveaway's to raise money for this wonderful organization. Many people dressed up in Halloween attire as their favorite animal, while others like us, brought life sized pictures of their pets face attached to a stick and we would hold these pictures up in front of our faces for interesting camera shots. A big shout out to the Bamboo Room for supporting this very important event that was very well attended. There was enough money raised to spay/neuter approximately 50 dogs and cats. More information and tax deductible donations can be made by visiting the El Refugio Costa Ballena website.
Needless to say, we had some fabulous chicken wings for dinner and enjoyed the live music of "The Bamboo Jam Band" who played a good variety of music to entertain the diverse group of people.
There are always lots of fun things to do in the Southern Pacific Zone of Costa Rica...this was just another "typical" evening of friends and fun (along with some fundraising for a much needed cause).
We will definitely add the El RefUgio Costa Ballena Benefit to our social calendar for next year. We hope to see you here next year too!
We recently visited the Palmar Sur Airport Remodel project currently taking place at this popular airport for travelers vising the Osa Peninsula and nearby towns of Sierpe, Chontales, San Buenas, Ojochal, Uvita and Dominical. The following video provides an update and some great information about the Palmar Sur Airport remodel.
As mentioned in the video, everyone here at Osa Property Management is hoping that the airport is completed with the remodel by the end of calendar year 2018.
We are recommending to our scheduled guests to have a back-up plan in place if their plans include arriving into San Jose's Juan Santamaria's airport first, and planning on flying down to Palmar Sur. We can help with securing a car rental in San Jose, or hiring a private shuttle for you and your travel companions.
Once the Palmar Sur Airport Remodel is completed, this regional airport will be one of the nicest in the country. Palmar Sur serves travelers from Sierpe, Rio Claro, Chontales, San Buenas, Ojochal, Uvita and Dominical.
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.