Ojochal is pretty much one of the most perfect places I’ve ever been. It is close to beautiful deserted beaches, delicious food, and amazing wildlife. We stayed at the Villas de Oros and it was a great base for exploring the region. The entire property is built into the canopy of the jungle so you have prime views of animals in hopping around the trees from your balcony. We saw toucans, white-faced capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and howler monkeys. The balcony is also home to a small kitchen area with a sink, fridge, and induction stove so you can cook your own meals if you like. Vikki, the owner, is also super willing to help and will book any tours you like for you.
The area surrounding Ojochal has amazing beaches. The four we went to were Playa Ballena, Playa Pinuelas, Playa Ventanas, and Playa Tortuga. The sand at these beaches is extremely fine and one is often only one of a few people on the entire beach.
Some notes about the beaches:
Go at low tide: Playa Ballena and Playa Tortuga. The tides in Costa Rica are no joke and at high tide about 20 feet of beach disappears. At low tide, however, these beaches are perfect for long walks and swimming. You can check the local Ballena Tales magazine for tides for the entire month. For long walks, at both of these beaches, one should turn right at the entrance. After about 20 minutes of walking, at Playa Ballena, you end up at a beautiful jungle clearing and at Playa Tortuga, you end up with a beautiful view of the rock caves in the wall.
Great for Swimming: Playa Pinuelas. This beach is in a little bay so it is pretty much good for swimming at any time. There are very few waves and you can swim pretty far out.
Need a ticket between 7am-4pm: Playa Ballena and Playa Pinuelas. Both of these beaches are in Marino Ballena National Park so they are $6 a person for the day. You can use your ticket at any of the beaches in the park so one can go to Playa Pinuelas in the morning and Playa Ballena in the afternoon. The park also closes at 4pm but you can enter for free after that if you want to enjoy a nice sunset by the beach. Note that Playa Uvita beach is also in Marino Ballena so it is also included in the ticket but it seemed a bit crowded so we didn’t end up going there.
Rock Formations: Playa Ventanas. This beach has really pretty rock formations that you can walk along. You should again be careful of the tides because you might find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place, literally.
In the next post, I’ll go through some of the great food we ate in Ojochal.