The European styled village of Ojochal is located on the south pacific coast of Costa Rica, 21 miles south of Dominical. The name Ojochal (pronounced Oh-ho-chall), derives from a tree that once dominated the rain forest here. The Ojoche tree is now almost extinct, but the greatest amount of them can be found in Ojochal which means "the orchard of Ojoche trees. The residents of Ojochal are a varied mix of retirees, ex-patriots, Costa Rican locals, French, Americans, Canadians and Europeans – truly a global village. This multi-cultural backdrop adds spice and variety to the rapidly growing business community in "the village" that has something for everyone.
If you are looking for a unique dining experience, Ojochal has a wide variety of unique restaurants with food and recipes from seemingly every part of the planet.
Some of the most popular spots for excellent food are Ylang Ylang, the Lookout, Exotica and Citrus. For those needing a place to stay while visiting, Ojochal hosts a large number of quality lodges to suit any budget. Outside of surfing, sunbathing, and hiking, Ojochal offers a wide variety of daytime activities including: jungle quad tours, river boat tours, kayak rentals, scuba diving, sport fishing, zip lining, cano island tours. One popular excursion is visiting the Isla Garza on the Terraba River, the beginning of one of the largest mangrove systems on the Pacific Coast.
Perhaps Ojochal is best known for its Turtle Conservatory and Marine Wildlife Preserve located on Playa Tortuga or Turtle Beach, directly in front of the village. Between June and February, there is a turtle patrol at night where newly laid eggs are collected, guarded, hatched and released back to the ocean. There is a large study center with a museum and Butterfly Garden. The programs from the Center are multiple. There are the Playa Tortuga caves that very few people know about. Playa Ventanas, the next beach to the north is well known for its 2 large caves, but only a few know of the multiple, large caves of Playa Tortuga.