Ojochal is a large park with a unique gastronomic experience!

Ojochal is a charming coastal town that offers travelers a delightful mix of natural wonders, culinary delights, and cultural richness. It's a hidden gem surrounded by lush rainforests and secluded beaches.

Getting there is easy. If you're coming from Uvita, it's just a short, scenic drive of approximately 15 kilometers to reach Ojochal. Local buses and shuttles also offer accessible routes from Dominical and Uvita to Ojochal.

History and Cultural Heritage:

Ojochal is a town with a fascinating history shaped by diverse cultures. Originally, indigenous communities inhabited it, and the name "Ojochal" is believed to have indigenous origins that reflect the town's historical connections to the land. Another root of the name is said to be linked to the Ojoche tree.

The town's historical tapestry is deeply intertwined with indigenous and global legacies, serving as a testament to its dedication to preserving its cultural heritage. Ojochal provides a more nuanced exploration of the past, showcasing the diverse cultural influences of Costa Rica and the world. This is mainly due to the immigration of French Canadians to the community.

Culinary Treasures:

Located on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, the unassuming town of Ojochal has earned the title of "Culinary Capital of Costa Rica." It is distinct from its counterparts, Uvita and Dominical, and beckons travelers on a gastronomic odyssey that transcends the ordinary.

Ojochal's culinary scene is a vibrant mosaic where local and international flavors converge to create a symphony for the senses. Gourmet establishments line its streets, each being a culinary maestro crafting dishes that tell a story of the town's cultural richness and commitment to unparalleled dining experiences.

Ojochal invites discerning palates to explore its diverse menu offerings, from cozy bistros to al fresco dining. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are the stars, elevating each dish to a masterpiece. Seafood, a coastal staple, takes center stage, transforming the day's catch into delectable creations that echo the rhythm of the nearby ocean waves.

What sets Ojochal apart is not just the quality of its cuisine but the intimate setting in which it is savored. Visitors become culinary voyagers, embarking on a journey through flavors that mirror the town's cultural diversity. Engaging with local chefs reveals a passion for their craft, and every meal becomes an opportunity to savor the town's unique identity.

In Ojochal, dining is not merely a necessity but an art form. This immersive experience mirrors the town's commitment to offering a distinctive and refined taste of Costa Rica's culinary excellence. Whether indulging in a seaside feast or relishing the creations of renowned chefs, Ojochal's culinary tapestry paints a portrait of a town that invites travelers to savor life's finer moments one bite at a time.

Exploring Nature and Adventure:

Ojochal is a remote town located near the ocean and the rainforest. It attracts those who seek a calm and intimate coastal haven. The city is surrounded by lush rainforests that welcome visitors to explore their verdant embrace. Hiking trails lead adventurers into the heart of nature, revealing the region's rich biodiversity. As sunlight filters through the dense canopy, the air fills with the scents of tropical flora, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

Ojochal is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, as it is home to a diverse range of bird species. Scarlet macaws, toucans, and many other birds can be spotted against the backdrop of the tropical landscape, making it a haven for birdwatchers.

The town's coastline is adorned with secluded beaches, where visitors can relax and unwind while enjoying the rhythmic waves of the Pacific Ocean. These pristine shores offer breathtaking ocean views and a sense of seclusion that allows one to connect with nature in its purest form.

For those seeking adventure, Ojochal offers opportunities for zip-lining, canopy tours, and wildlife encounters. It is an oasis blending adventure, nature, and cultural richness. Whether you're indulging in gourmet delights, exploring the rainforest, or spending relaxed days at stunning beaches, Ojochal is waiting to be discovered.





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We call Paradise our Backyard

Ojochal 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. Ojochal is well-known for its large French Canadian expatriate community. We have a strong community with a wide diversity of people, whether it is culturally speaking or professionally. If you are looking for some calm, this quaint, relaxing town is perfect, and if you’ve had enough rest and recuperation, ask around, the local community will always make you feel welcome.

Ojochal possesses great mountain views and that of the Térraba River, Isla Garza, Drake’s Bay, and Isla del Caño. Playa Tortuga is the closest beach, which has caves at the Northern end of the beach and is home to Reserva Playa Tortuga, a nonprofit organization aimed at researching and promoting education about local flora and fauna.

It is best to have a vehicle if you are staying in Ojochal; however, there is a local bus that goes by, the stop is located at the entrance of Ojochal on the Costanera. There are no ATMs or banks.

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