About Greenleaf Real Estate
The pristine rainforests and the rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region among the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Declared one of the most biologically intense places on earth by the National Geographic Magazine, the Osa Peninsula along with Drake Bay have today, become the premier eco-tourism destination in the county. The region offer tourists everything from knowledgeable guides for hiking the rainforest, to whale and dolphin watching tours, to simply lying on the beach and relaxing in the sun. The Osa Peninsula is a secluded nature wonderland, playing home to many of the country's rare and endangered animal and bird species including the puma, jaguar, Harpy Eagle and Scarlet Macaw. With a large chunk of the peninsula forming the Corcovado National Park, this area has the single largest expanse of a lowland tropical rainforest in Central America and is one of the tallest rainforests in the world.
A principal town in the General River Valley and reputedly one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Central America, San Isidro de El General is located 120 km southeast of the capital city San Jose, and 29 km northeast of Dominical in Puntarenas province. A prosperous agricultural town, San Isidro de El General is a key transportation and farming center in the valley, and is the largest town in this region. Lying just a few minutes away from the Pan-American Highway on the slopes of the Talamanca Mountains, this tiny town is a great stopping point for tourists on the way to Quepos, Dominical, the Chirripo National Park, the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, or if you are traveling to Panama.
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.
Stretching from Dominical to Ojochal, Costa Ballena encompasses a vast stretch of a gorgeously rugged shoreline and a number of beautiful beaches. This southern Pacific region of Costa Rica features unspoiled beauty and natural charm that expresses an overarching appeal and gives a unique character to the region.
Celebrated for its incredible biodiversity, Costa Ballena is a hot spot for nature lovers, conservationists and eco-adventurers alike. The beautiful coastline of Costa Ballena includes the beaches of Dominical, Playa Dominicalito, Playa Hermosa, Playa Uvita, Playa Arco, Playa Ballena, Playa Pinuelas, Playa Ventanas and Playa Tortuga. These beaches offer various water sport opportunities like snorkeling, kayaking, diving, surfing and scuba diving. Other activities available in the area include sport fishing, canopy tours and tree-climbing adventures.
For many years, Dominical was a quiet community of fishermen and farmers. Even today, the daily catch arrives on pangas at daybreak and an occasional cattle drive will hold up traffic on the Costanera (the coastal highway).
There are few hotels and lodges and no towns of any size. If you look closely, you see the occasional home nestled in the jungle covered mountainside. The village of Dominical, the largest town in the area, is unmistakably a laid-back surfing community exemplifying the southern coast's "Pura Vida" attitude, complete with dirt roads, surf shacks, t-shirt shops, and beach vendors.