Environment

The South Pacific region of Costa Rica is a special place to live; surrounded by nature, abundant biodiversity and genuinely friendly people. In the Osa you can breathe in the energy of the tropical rain forest and see the force of the Pacific Ocean in front of your eyes.

Ojochal and Chontales, where the Ventana del Pacífico projects are located, are highly sought after communities in the Osa. At the southern end of Costa Ballena these communities benefit from the exceptional tourist infrastructure and services while maintaining a foothold in the more rural life of the Southern Zone.  Our exclusive development sites, with beautiful lots with views to the ocean and the imposing mountains that surround them, and luxurious residences adapted to the natural environment, are perfectly suited for this unique space.

Scarlet macaws, toucans, oropendolas, parrots and other exotic birds fly past your window, and you’ll often see monkeys, sloths, coatis and many other mammals in the surrounding trees, living with you.

All this within 10 minutes from the Southern Coastal highway, and 30 minutes from the regional airport.  And remember, 60 minutes by air or 4 hours by land will have you in the vibrant metropolitan city of San José, the capital of Costa Rica.

Natural treasures

Living in Ojochal and Chontales we are fortunate to have ten amazing beaches just 5, 10 or 15 minutes from our homes: Tortuga, Ventanas, Garza, Piñuelas, Arco, Cham

Nature abounds here!

Described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth” the Corcovado National Park is located in the Osa.  This area is accessible by car and is perfect for a day hike or an expedition.

The largest mangrove in Central America, the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetland, is home to innumerable species of birds, reptiles and mammals.  Forming the coastline from Ojochal south, and accessible by boat, canoe or kayak, this a special place to experience nature close up.

Ballena National Marine Park, is one of the largest protected marine zones in the world, where you can observe humpback whales and several types of dolphins on their annual migration and mating routes.

Other nationally recognized and local natural sites are part of Osa, including:

  • Caño Island Biological Reserve, surrounded by five platforms of low coral reefs with many coral species;
  • Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, with pristine beaches, rivers and tall evergreen forest;
  • Ojochal Waterfall,
  • Uvita Waterfall,
  • Nauyaca Waterfall.

Wildlife

The Osa is home to 3% of the world’s biodiversity.

The tropical rainforest is habitat for spider, white-faced, squirrel and howler monkeys, anteaters, coatimundis, jaguars, ocelots, margays, tyras, and agoutis.  Reptiles and snakes abound including, iguanas, dart frogs and boas. Scarlet macaws, toucans, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, wood creepers and trogons are among the most visible birds in this area.

In the sea waters of Costa Rica´s South Pacific migrating humpback whales, endangered sea turtles, several kinds of dolphins, colorful and mesmerizing parrotfish, puffers, grunt fish, tuna and snapper are prominent.  While diving or snorkeling it is possible to find two-meter-long moray eels, large barracudas, a variety of sharks including the white tip reef shark and the graceful and curious manta rays.

Beaches

The Pacific Ocean and beachlife are part of Costa Rican DNA.

Both Ojochal and Chontales are within 15 minutes of 10 of the best beaches in the country – all part of the Costa Ballena: Tortuga, Ventanas, Garza, Piñuelas, Arco, Chamán, Uvita, Hermosa, Dominicalito and Dominical.

Just an hour north is Manuel Antonio beach, and the Manuel Antonio National Park, considered by many to be the best beach in Costa Rica and one of the best in the world.

The Osa Peninsula, and Golfo Dulce offer the wildest and most beautiful beaches like Colorada, San Josecito, San Pedrillo, the beaches of Bahía Drake, and the spectacular beaches Llorona, Corcovado and Sirena in Corcovado National Park.

South of Golfo Dulce you can visit Zancudo, Río Claro and Pavones beach, known as one of the best surfing beaches in the world.

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Adventure

Costa Rica is one of the best places worldwide to explore and adventure, the way you want: snorkeling, diving, surfing, whale watching, sport fishing, hiking, bird watching, rafting, biking, eco-adventuring and much more.

Hike through a lush green coastal rainforest—and one of Costa Rica’s best places to spot wildlife. Keep your eye out for monkeys, parrots, crocodiles, caimans, toucans, kingfishers, butterflies, iguanas, and lizards.

Scuba dive or snorkel among thousands of colorful tropical fish and vivid coral reefs. Kayak in the mangrove or surf world-class waves at one of the best breaks in the country and a draw for some of the best surfers in the world. Go sport-fishing for marlin, swordfish, snook, and tarpon in blue waters where many world records are held.

Take a canopy tour where you can see palm trees, orchids, primitive ferns, and an incredible variety of birdlife. Enjoy horseback riding on the beach at sunset or trek to an idyllic waterfall.

Bird-watch and spot hummingbirds, scarlet macaws, toucans, kingfishers, trogons, and even the resplendent quetzal.

Balance body and soul at a yoga retreat where you can breathe in harmony with Mother Nature.

All you need is your sense of adventure.

Services​

Costa Ballena, and the tourist center of Uvita, is an area full of life, with restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, schools, colleges, churches, gas stations and many unique local shops.

Ojochal has a great reputation as a gourmet hub, with an international community and a focus on enjoying life. There are many fine dining options available such as Mediterranean, French Fusion, to traditional Tico style with flare.  A growing local infrastructure includes a gas station, supermarket, medical and legal services, pharmacy and hardware.

Chontales is 10 km south of Ojochal in the mountains above Ciudad Cortés and benefits from the infrastructure available in both locales.

The Ciudad Cortés Hospital is 15 minutes away and the Palmar Sur airport is 30 minutes away.